Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:21 pm Post subject: winter tires
anyone have recommendations on good winter tires? i may lean towards all season but they have to perform really good in the winter. the tires will usually see 2-3 months of driving with no snow on the ground. I live in upstate ny if that helps any. i dont know what i have on now but they have been on for 4 years and are pretty worn down now
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:41 pm Post subject: winter tires
I am in between Albany and Clifton Park. NY. We had our share of snow last year.
Last November I put on a set of Pirelli P4 four seasons. Awesome tire. Never a problem in the snow. I was a little skeptical about the tread pattern, concerns were unfounded. Tire has great grip, wet or dry, no squeal in corners. Excellent tread rating. No road noise at all.
A very nice tire.
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I put General Altimax Arctic on steel wheels. Directional tread, soft rubber, non studded. They work great in snow and ice and handle good on dry. They are a re-badged Gislavid. Check out Tirerack. These work as good or better than the Michelin X-Ice I had before and a lot cheaper.
i have Michelin Hydroedge tires on my car right now. best tires i ever bought, i should also say the most expensive i ever bought either.
as far as driving all year with snow tires. i know this is a bad idea. snow tires wear out faster in the summer than the winter because they are designed to stay soft and grip despite cold. all seasons and summer tires are rock solid and have less grip in the winter becuase of the cold. winter tires become too soft in the summer heat and wear out fast. i know this from reading about it and from friends that wore out new winter tires in less than a year.
i lived in oswego for a while which is right on lake ontario for a year with my monte carlo. i had no problems with my Michelin Hydroedge tires, never got stuck so bad i couldnt get out. but i am not sure they still make the tires or in the same form. last i checked they were re-marketed as "green-x" and then have not seen them
I will second the Goodyear Assurance TripleTreads. I put those on my wife's '05 LS and they are an awesome tire, dry, wet or snow. The only thing they don't handle the best is ice, but then, what tire really does?
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