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how does Benz perform on snow/ice with snow tires?

I don't think it'll be the best idea to drive my 97 E420 all winter with yokohama all-season tires with 20k miles on them, although there is decent tread left. I'm thinking about getting a set of dunlop m3 wintersports or continental snow tires in 16" size, do E420s perform reasonably well on snow and ice with these snow tires?

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Back in December 1985, my boss just had taken delivery of a new 1984 500SEC AMG euro spec, what a beautiful car it was, in Lapis Blue with BBS wheels.

This was in San Francisco, and he wanted the car with him in Aspen that Christmas, but needed the car driven by someone, and I offered to do it. I knew nothing about Mercedes, but loved the looks of the car and offered to do it.
One thing I thought was strange, before leaving he had a brand new set of mud and snow tires fitted to a set of blue AMG penta wheels, which I thought was strange, but he said the car might need them in winter driving.

A couple of days later, the sun had gone down and I was in the car on highway 80 in Wyoming, and the highway began to white out, in drifting and blowing snow, you could hardly see anything. All of a sudden, the road felt rather patchy and bumpy, so I slowed down to 60 mph, all of a sudden the rear end of the car snapped left, so I corrected, and then the rear end snapped right,, and I corrected to the right, but the car was one lane over, but straigtened out, I was terrified, WTF was THAT!!!!????

I made it, terrified, that night to a motel, in Cheyenne, and when I checked out I told the desk clerk what happened. He just laughed, and said, haven't you heard of black ice, you hit a patch, this time of year we lose cars off it every day around here.

As a matter of fact, NO, I was from the SF bay area, was 25 years old before I remember seeing snow for the first time in my life, what would I know about black ice.

But the Mercedes, with snow tires on it, SAVED MY LIFE, I have no doubt.
I almost put that new 500SEC AMG euro on its head, skiis on the rack and all.
What a fantastic car. Damn these things get the job done.

I vowed to someday own a fine Mercedes coupe like this myself. Ten years later I was finally driving my own 560 SEC.

And another 10 years later, after that, I still own and drive the 560SEC.

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I am running 225x50x16 Yokohama AVIDs, on my lowered car.

The hot setup for winter though seems to be Bridgestone Blizzaks for Mercedes, check out the tires the www.***************** TIRE RACK website, to get an ideal of what is there.....

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If you know how to drive in the snow (includes black ice) and have decent winter tires, any kind of car shouldn't be a problem, RWD, FWD, AWD... all-seasons don't count as decent tires if you have snow that sticks around all winter
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Mercedes + snow tires work very well in winter. I have dunlop winter sport M3's (or some name like that) on right now.

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Dunlop Winter Sports on my CLK55 made a HUGE difference this winter.
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We have nokian hakka Qs on the 124 and even my california born wife is confident in the snow.

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Conti snows all around and it still sucks in the snow. Even with two 85# bags of marble chips in the back. Face it. With RWD you just have to go slow. And wait for spring.

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snows make a huge difference
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Like a Hippo on Roller Skates

Had a 190E many years ago -- performed like a hippo on roller skates in the winter. Skittish even on wet roads, too. Some years ago had a BMW 5-series and tried running it in the winter with Blizzaks. They helped, but driving in snow was still a scary matter. Blizzaks were poor on dry pavement -- felt slippery and imprecise. Also tried top-of-the-line Dunlop winter tires -- they helped and gave much more traction than the all-season tires, but still the traction wasn't enough to inspire any confidence. I wouldn't suggest any rear-wheel-drive-only car for winter driving, either with or without the all-season tires.

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