Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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RE: Snow tires
Any car is better in the snow with true snow tires and if your state allows them, studded snow tires.
I used to live in Colorado and was driving a Z-28 (yeah, stupid car for snow country) that was simply miserable in anything more than a trace of snow. Absolutely the worst car I ever drove in snow, hands down (almost as bad as unladen RWD pickups). Then I put on some Blizzaks and it was like night and day for traction and handling. Still wasn't perfect by a long shot, but much safer and sure-footed, and better than most other cars with all-season shoes.
That said, if it's feasible for you to just park the 560 for the winter (and only take it out occasionally when the roads are clear and dry to keep it from stagnating) then I'd encourage that. I don't know about the undercoating and sealing on the older MBZs, but with all the chemicals and crap they dump on the roads it's just horrible for the body and chassis.
If you do decide to go the snow-tire route I'd also suggest buying a set of used wheels to dedicate to the purpose, no reason paying all that dough each year to get them mounted and balanced all over again. An added plus is that if you get hit by the early or late season storm it's relatively easy to swap them on or off and not have to needlessly tear up roads or risk a crash.
Last, it probably goes without saying (which is why I'm saying it [:)]) that if you go with snow tires, you want to get all four, not just two. The bizarre handling that could result from such a setup is a recipe for disaster. Basic rule, if you don't need four snow tires, you don't need any.
Just my two cents worth, hope some of it is useful.
Take care and enjoy the ride,