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Old 15th December 2008
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Default How y'all doing in the snow?

With the price of road salt, and with the state of municipal finances these days, it seems like "they" aren't salting like they used to. I've had two white knuckle commutes to work so far this year because they just did not salt the roads.

Today was the worst. The roads were just glare ice. I went to pass, and all I got was wheelspin.

I've never felt the need to get snow/ice tires since I moved to Chicago. If this is the future... I'm taking a trip to the Tire Rack in South Bend!
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Switching to good snows (Bridgestone Blizzak) in the winter was one of the best choices I made. The difference in control is substantial.
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I had Blizzaks when I lived in Buffalo. I just never felt the need for them in Chicago. It doesn't snow that much, and they kept the streets pretty well clear in the past...
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I completely agree with you on this. I'm in Toronto and we get it pretty bad sometimes. I noticed this year the snow removal guys didn't even shovel the snow on my street when we got our first snow storm. They have only come around once for 3 snow falls. It wasn't that bad but previous years they are usually clean the streets on every snow fall.

I guess it's for budgetary reasons and I totally understand given the current economic situation.

For tires, I strongly recommend getting good all seasons or winters.

I recently purchased the BF Goodrich T/A traction 215/55R/16 (all seasons) for $103 a piece at Canadian tire which were on sale.

Compared to the stock p6's, they are much better in the wet, snow and ice but my mileage is horrible now.
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I completely agree with you on this. I'm in Toronto and we get it pretty bad sometimes. I noticed this year the snow removal guys didn't even shovel the snow on my street when we got our first snow storm. They have only come around once for 3 snow falls. It wasn't that bad but previous years they are usually clean the streets on every snow fall.

I guess it's for budgetary reasons and I totally understand given the current economic situation.

For tires, I strongly recommend getting good all seasons or winters.

I recently purchased the BF Goodrich T/A traction 215/55R/16 (all seasons) for $103 a piece at Canadian tire which were on sale.

Compared to the stock p6's, they are much better in the wet, snow and ice but my mileage is horrible now.
Your not alone. You should see here. People started asking where thes "snow removal crews" were and they responded - "they were stuck in traffic just like you were"

I'm glad it rained today for us here with high of 9 degrees celcius. Cleared up a lot of the snow and the roads/sidewalks.
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Your not alone. You should see here. People started asking where thes "snow removal crews" were and they responded - "they were stuck in traffic just like you were"

I'm glad it rained today for us here with high of 9 degrees celcius. Cleared up a lot of the snow and the roads/sidewalks.
Melt all the snow away!!!!

Yeah, I saw the news a couple of days ago. MTL got it pretty bad, but you guys are used to that kind of weather. I have a friend in Ottawa and he complains that it snows so much over there (he's from T.O).

Last year was prob one of the worst for us in years. Last time it snowed like that was when I was like 5 back in the 80's lol.
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So far its been good. Weird weather over here. A couple days ago it was 20 degrees and there was a bad ice storm. Today is 60 degrees ...

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I don't notice much of a mileage change with the Blizzaks - maybe 1 to 1.5 MPG.
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If you have a winter climate at all, ANY winter tire will perform better than all (no) season tires.
Winter tires today perform very close to a/s. Blizzaks or Michelin X-Ice are my recommendations.
The Nokian, Kuhmo, Yoko winters are all good too.
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Central Michigan here and my one hour commute in the early morning has been awful. Our county is out of salt apparently and their are severe budget cuts. I have new sumitomos on and they are great in the snow but ice is ice so....I will say I am very glad I put new tires on phew...
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So far so good, this is my first winter with the Saab. Around here they keep most of the main roads fairly clean so it's not too bad, and the 9-3 seems so much nicer in the snow than my previous car.
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Don't drive the Saab in snow. That's why I have a winter beater.
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What are you talking about, the road condition is perfect, nothing can happen with safe road like in Quebec...

Picture talk by themself.......






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-Fog light wiring is over


The only best side of this is that I will replace my OEM intercooler for a real one...
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Dam . You nordiques up there I tell yea. I know though when it happens it happens.
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If you have a winter climate at all, ANY winter tire will perform better than all (no) season tires.
Winter tires today perform very close to a/s. Blizzaks or Michelin X-Ice are my recommendations.
The Nokian, Kuhmo, Yoko winters are all good too.
Agree. I have all season tires... atrocious in the snow, even with one inch on the road. Luckily, I can carpool with a co-worker with an SUV and snow tires, or work at home.
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Snowed where I live recently. So i figured time to experiment and get a real feel for the car. Drifting, controlled fishtailing, the good ol' initiation.

Upon having e-braked around a nice bend, it became very apparent the car is so light in the rear end. I mean really light (felt like my f-250's rear end).

That and I've never driven a FWD in the snow before. So it was a blast.
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for a first time saab owner things are all good. i could only get a set of himalayan -WS60 mainly because of Quebecs new laws but so far so good.
One thing i learnt is to watch out for big chunks of ice build ups from the wheel well on the road! anything bigger then 6 inches WATCH OUT

this is my first turbo car, any things i should be aware of?
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Well I can't comment on this winter, because I temporarily live in D.C.

But the past 2 winters I lived in Connecticut, and I've NEVER had a problem in rain, sleet, ice, and snow in my 2003 9-3 Vector. And to top it off, I have never had snow tires. I've used Pirelli PZeros year round.

Next summer I'll switch to quieter tires that don't wear as fast.
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for a first time saab owner things are all good. i could only get a set of himalayan -WS60 mainly because of Quebecs new laws but so far so good.
One thing i learnt is to watch out for big chunks of ice build ups from the wheel well on the road! anything bigger then 6 inches WATCH OUT

this is my first turbo car, any things i should be aware of?

It's exactly what I hit....

A big ****ing one probably coming from a truck...

I was driving at 120 km/h and it's was -25 outside... My cover bumper just explose!!!
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This past summer I traded in my 2003 Linear for a 2006 Aero. The linear was one of the best cars I've ever driven in the snow (sans AWD cars/suv's). However, the Aero has been embarrassingly terrible. Both cars have/had all season tires on it... but what a difference it makes between brands! I'm sure the aero tires are also wider... but I'm assuming most of it has to do with tread pattern. Both sets were also about midrange in their tread life.

I can't express how disappointed I've been with the handling this winter so far.
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