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How will a 1998 C230 handle in snow, ice, and hills?

I am considering a C230 but live in Alaska. What experience do any of you have related to the traction of this car in snow & ice (and on hills)? I plan to use 4 studded tires but am a little concerned with the rear wheel drive. Thank you.
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RE: How will a 1998 C230 handle in snow, ice, and hills?

Good question Wayne, I'll bet it handles pretty well, with the Winter/Summer switch for changing the gear shift, and the easy manual override (sorry if I used the wrong terms for these things). I haven't tried mine in snow yet, but am sure it'll be great.

Along these same lines, I am planning on taking my 98 C230 to Wisconsin this Winter, from California, and am wondering if there is anything I need to be concerned about...I run Mobil-1 synthetic....any other thoughts on Winter driving?

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RE: How will a 1998 C230 handle in snow, ice, and hills?

Although not quite the same car, we found our 1993 190e 2.6 to be pretty fragile on a trip to northern Arizona during the winter. We had neither snow tires or chains, so performance with a more aggressive tire might have had an impact.

As it was, despite growing up in the midwest, it was pretty much of a nail-biting experience!

We've since made a similar trip in the much heavier, AWD ML320 with much better results.

My guess is that the newer traction control technology will help, but I'd also plan on snow tires or a fairly aggressive all-season tire. Several friends have separate sets for winter and summer which seems like a pretty good thought if you can handle it.

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RE: How will a 1998 C230 handle in snow, ice, and hills?

The C-class will handle the snow. These cars are equiped with ESP - ABS/BAS for braking - ASR Acceleration Skid Control, this will control the rearn wheels from slipping on wet road or in the snow. You probably have AC with heating.

And not to forget the winter package switch next to you gearshift knob. It will give your car a little more time to accelerate and your rear wheel will not slip. I've seen C-class in winter (Canada) and they drive the same way as during the other season.

Where i live, we get allot of rain. I will drive normally as i would when it dry, by switching in "W" My ASR is always on.

Just change your tires for Winter Tires and you are on your way and drive safely.

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RE: How will a 1998 C230 handle in snow, ice, and hills?

I say look for something with AWD, 4-matic

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RE: How will a 1998 C230 handle in snow, ice, and hills?

If tires aren't providing enough (or any) grip, traction control won't really help. Dedicated winter tires are the right answer.

Studded tires should work just fine in Alaska.
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