Which proves my point that AWD is borderline useless for most people. Just adds weight, sucks more fuel and adds to repair bills.Either way, you are making a better choice with dedicated snows.
My car came with the Michelin Pilot all season and they were horrid, just sucked, awful in even a few inches of snow. I thought I was imagining things (it snowed while I was at the dealer having two replaced for sidewall leaks), and later read the Tire Rack ratings on the Pilot's and .... they sucked.
When I got home after "battling" 3 inches of snow (yeah in an X car), I got in my old Volvo XC with shot Goodyear all seasons and it out pulled the Saab. It was the tires, not the car.
Yo! Don't turn that around, my comment was that the tires suck. My buddy who has a 2008 Combi FWD just three days ago was commenting on how lame his car is in snow compared to all the Saab hype, it no better nor worse than any FWD.
My AWD, Saab, now with proper snows will out go any FWD.
My condemnation was regarding the crap Michelin Pilot tires the car came shod with.
Our cars are useless in deep dense snow since they are low. As a ski instructor I had a truck for when the forecast was for the deeper stuff, but the AWD, both Saab and Volvo got me to the hill fine most times. AWD was only an option after the plows and salter went through. My wife would borrow my Volvo and leave her 900ng at home.
The equation would read that FWD with all season were "ok", FWD with grippy snows as "better" but AWD with grippy snows best. If you have crap tires on anything you are SOL.
Alfisti's typical negative, jealous, XWD comments--don't pay attention to them. So true for most SUV owners however!Which proves my point that AWD is borderline useless for most people. Just adds weight, sucks more fuel and adds to repair bills.
Agreed, I'd rock those as snowy's.Not quite, they are 100 on the bolt pattern and Saab are 110. Sad cause' they are nice looking and probably a bargain.