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The title says it all. Have you driven in snow yet? How did it go?
 

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yesterday we had 7 inchesw of snow, my Focus with Hankook Winter i*cept Evo tires managed very well, road was free of sand or salt, so very happy here
 

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Can't say for sure yet, since it only snowed for like 15 minutes yesterday; HOWEVER, I can say that I'm getting almost 5mpg better gas mileage with my 195/65/15 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R's. I'll keep you guys up-to-date, though.

My last car was an SUV with 4x4, but this is my first set of winter tires. Can't wait to compare!
 

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Our Focus replaces my wife's Honda Pilot. The kids are grown, so no need for an SUV. BUT, now that winter is approaching, we're wondering how the Focus will do in the snow.

Seriously considering four snow tires...............

Michigan!
 

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Have a 2012 manual focus with all seasons.. A couple weeks ago it snowed pretty hard in Philly.. I went out for a while. The focus handled pretty well! I had no issues!
 

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I highly recommend four snow tires. I purchased four 205/50/16 Michelin x-ice xi2
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...oYear=2005&autoModel=Focus ZX4&autoModClar=ST
last fall, and mounted them on the stock ST rims. They replaced, for winter, the 17" Continental Contact DWS all season tires I used the prior winter. What a huge improvement in every regard! Snow traction, ice traction, braking, wet and dry traction and braking as well.
The Michelins are not inexpensive, but, what is your insurance deductible, and what is your peace of mind worth, when your spouse is out in a snow/ice storm??
Matt @ TireRack.com can help you find the best tires for you. But do get them. Good luck.
 

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Not driven in snow yet. But I don't expect any difference than my last car = great ! As always, I did put on winter tires (General Altimax Artic - 215x50R17). I always used the same size for my both sets of tires (all seasons / summer and winter).
 

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I live in Aspen. Snows quite a bit here. I've had my focus about a month now and have driven a few times in snow since then. I used to drive a Xterra. I still have the stock tires and wont be buying snow tires. I haven't had any problems driving in snow and I drive about 25 miles one way to work. I slow my speed down a little but so does everyone else on the road. I havn't had any problems except keeping my car clean. :)
 

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My Focus HB w/General Altimax Winter tires seem to be handling the snow well. We've had a couple of snow storms pass through Denver this Fall.
 

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hmmmm... I'm debating whether to pick up a set of Bizzaks on 15" steelies or just run with the stock Ti rims/tires. I only encounter snow when going skiing on weekends and 2 or 3 times a year here in town. Then again, unlike the midwest, we have giant mountains that make stopping difficult when going downhill [ohcrap]

I'll have to take a trip up Mt Hood and give the stock setup a try.
 

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I think I'm going to try the Blizzaks. I've been working with Jim (from the Porsche board) at Tire Rack and he's very helpful.

Looking for some cool black wheels.
 

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My Focus has seen a bit of snow already and it was perfect. I'm using a set of Goodyear winter tires on the stock 16" wheels.
 

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For folks who are wondering about the performance of the car on glare ice, I strongly suspect you will have to switch off the traction control, or you will be stuck with absolutely no throttle response. This is selectable via the steering wheel controls, on your interactive display / message centre (I believe). Note that the SE, SEL, and Titanium have this capability. The S does not, due to the lack of steering wheel controls.
 

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Eventually we will have some actual snow around here in S.E. Wisconsin. (today was over 60F so it ain't gonna be soon)
When we do, I will be driving on the OE tires. So i will let you know. By then it may be a little late for you to decide if you want Snow tires..
Probably the end of November.. usually is first snow to actually cover the ground.
 

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For folks who are wondering about the performance of the car on glare ice, I strongly suspect you will have to switch off the traction control, or you will be stuck with absolutely no throttle response. This is selectable via the steering wheel controls, on your interactive display / message centre (I believe). Note that the SE, SEL, and Titanium have this capability. The S does not, due to the lack of steering wheel controls.
Are you talking from your experience? Because I had traction control on my last car (for 10 years) and had never the need to switch it off while on ice.

Something you should watch (FF to 5:00 if you don't want to see it all):

 

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I have the BFG G-force Super Sprot All Seasons on my 17 inch wheelset and drove through a nasty storm here in the North East Holloween Weekend and they were decent but Im going with the dunlop graspic DS3 snows on my 16 inch wheels soon
 
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