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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-20-2006, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael Pillay
2 years?!?!?!?! No snow tires!!!! a S2000!!!!

Bet you got some looks over in Ann Arbor.

hahaha, yes indeed! i see lots of faces. lol

when i had Bridgestone Potenza SO2s, the car would not move with traces of snow on the ground. Kumho ASXs made a huge difference.

I see MBs stuck in snow every year in AA, and they all are wearing 17" summer tires.. duh

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hahaha, yes indeed! i see lots of faces. lol

when i had Bridgestone Potenza SO2s, the car would not move with traces of snow on the ground. Kumho ASXs made a huge difference.

I see MBs stuck in snow every year in AA, and they all are wearing 17" summer tires.. duh
People who drive on summer tires in winter clim's deserve to get stuck--even MB people.

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I grew up in Chelsea, MI and have never owned a set of snow tires or chains until I bought these X-Ice tires last year! I once drove to Kalamazoo in a blizard, which eventually ended up droping 32" of snow. I just pulled in behind a simi and stayed close. The one hour trip took nearly three, but I don't recall ever thinking "I should have snow tires..." Actually, I'm not sure they even made snow tires back then.

Michigan weather is something else. A coupleof years ago, the day before thanksgiving I was driving home from Michigan State. It was snowing heavy.....heavy. It would change to ice and back to snow. Roads were horrible. But the strangest thing was the lightning. Never seen lightning in a snow/ice storm before. Luckily was in the M-class. Say what you want about the problems the w163 has, it performed like a champ that day-got me home in one piece and there were lots of other SUV's in the ditch.

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We finally had some bad weather in Mnpls yesterday. The Wife had driven the Benz to work, so I was off early and decided to take her the Volvo since the bad weather was imminent.

The roads were icy for the first half of the trip, then the snow hit. The S did very well with its Grabbits, the traction and stablity systems blinked a few times but the reason for it wasn't felt at all inside the car.

I just slowed down a bit, even with 3" of snow overlaying ice, I didn't have a problem. Which is more than I can say for the gentleman in the VW Passat that tried to take a curve at dry speeds and went into the trees after spinning like a top 3 or 4 times...

The Wife made it home a few hours later driving the XC at 20 mph on just slushy roads... WHY do I even bother...?

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I think that it would be interesting to compare driving conditions besides just snow and ice.

There's a big difference in driving on snowy flat roads and driving around the mountains in Switzerland, where I live.
There are some steep roads that you can manage on a RWD car, as long as you don't have to stop and try to get going again. On the other hand, since getting the 4matic I never had to put chains on again.

I don't think I'll ever buy another RWD Mercedes, at least not if it'll be used in winter.

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