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Driving in snow

I have a W203 270 cdi auto saloon......Is it just mine or are all rear wheel drive mercs useless in snow.

Even a slight incline poses major problems for me...Downhill is no better.

I turn of ESP off and select winter mode in the gearbox which has marginal improvement.. It is impossible to fit snow chains as main roads are clear..

Any advice or comments wold be much appreciated..

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Without snow tires they pretty much are.

4Matic with snow tires will be the best possible.

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I made my drivers license in snowy conditions during the winter months of Nov through March and while we had some days with heavy snow back then I learned to start accelerating in 2nd or 3rd gear out of the stand b/c then you have less torque and that was always the key to start driving.

Plus of course being extremely careful while slowing down and going around curves. I found better slow down while stepping off the gas pedal way before you have to come to a stop is better than using the breaks. If you have to use both breaks and motor break technique to avoid sliding and uncontrolled spins.

Besides that, keep in mind that temperatures of +7 Celsius and lower reduce your friction a lot. Therefore, winter tires which have a softer rubber mix are always a must in lower temp. areas. Last but not least, the kat said it already, good tires are always a good and must have.

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My car goes anywhere in the snow. I have Michelin X-Ice tires on my 16" OEM wheels and have no trouble. Bridgestone's Blizzak tires are also excellent.

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I have no issues with winter or at least allseason tires installed.
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I have no issues with winter or at least allseason tires installed.
It has been my experience that all season tires are not good in any season. For best results get the best tire for each season--winter and summer.

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You'll need to install some winter tires :-)
In this country the incurance company won't cover any damages/injuries if driving a car without winter tires in ice/snow conditions..??
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The slk has snow tires. I would not go through winter without them. I still have all seasons on the ML. That one seems to do fine without the snow tires.

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You'll need to install some winter tires :-)
In this country the incurance company won't cover any damages/injuries if driving a car without winter tires in ice/snow conditions..??
I like it. Why should they if you can do some pre-avoiding measurements to not getting involved into an accident that could harming you and even others/innocents.

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