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Old 11-06-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Winter Driving

Hi, this will be a quick one. I have a 2007 XR that will be experiencing its first winter. I have 8000 miles on it, tires are good, etc... Does anyone have experience with this car in Minnesota or Wisconsin or actually any other state that has a lot of snow and ice? How does it handle in the snow and ice. My last vehicle was a 2004 Toyota Solara with 17" wheels and it was actually pretty good, just wondering what to expect with the Saturn. Thanks for your help.

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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Do you have another vehicle to drive? Seriously, the Eagles on the XR suck so bad that I do not drive mine in the winter unless it's dry.

P.S. I live in Denver

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Old 11-06-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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I cant speak for everyone else. But I had no issues driving in MI during the winter. If you do have issues trying to go from a stop for example all I had to do with the XR was put it in Manual and start in 2nd or 3rd gear and it was awesome. It worked so good I almost rear ended somone the first time I did it becuase mine was the only one not having trouble moving. Only on a hand full of times did the traction control come on and Ive only had the stability control go active once and that was me trying to get it to come on (near nobody else of course).
I havent had problems stopping either (knock on wood for this winter with 30,000 miles on the tires now)

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Old 11-06-2007, 07:32 PM   #4
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We have snow/ice on our roads a few weeks of the year. I was worried about driving an automatic in winter, but the Hankooks held up pretty good last year. If I lived in a city with more hills, I might consider winter rubber, but it's flat here.

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Winter Driving

I have had my XR since August 2007 and went thru last winter with no problems .

I have read all the posts about the tires and I found that if I slow down its no problem.
I live in michigan.

I do notice when the roads are wet - that the tires will spin quickly off the line. this car has lots of low end power and 1st gear is low.

In the snow I use manual and start in 2nd gear and very rearly spin the tires.

My driveway is 100 ft up hill and this is the first 2 wheel drive I had that I have not got stuck in

I do admit the tires could be better but the really good tires are not yet available in our size

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Old 11-06-2007, 10:23 PM   #6
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I bought my AURA earlier this year and drove in one or two snowstorms with it in New York. I really thought my old car (a '99 Grand Prix) handled much better in the snow. I felt as if I would slide with the AURA but the Grand Prix always felt very composed on icy roads. I would assume the Grand Prix had more weight in the front though than the AURA with the bigger non-aluminum engine so that could have something to do with it.

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Old 11-07-2007, 03:05 PM   #7
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Let me start by saying I have 30+ years of winter driving experience in Cleveland OH. I'm a traveling salesman who drives all over the midwest in all kinds of weather.

Have said that... I could not believe how bad the OEM tires on my XR were in bad weather. After one good snowstorm I went out and bought a set of snow tires. These are the first snowtires I have owned since 1979!!

I sure didn't want to spend the money but I thought they it was necessary.

If you go to the Tire Rack website and look up the OE tire you will see that is ranked nearly dead last among competing brands of similar style tires.

Love the car. Hate the OEM tires.

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Old 11-07-2007, 03:25 PM   #8
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I'm dirving in Quebec, Canada. I just installed 4 Blizzak LM-25 on my XR, in a normal winter we receive a lot of snow and we have icy roads, so I hope my choice of winter tires is a good one since I paid $300.00 each. Thanks for the tip of starting in 2nd gear.

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Old 11-07-2007, 03:32 PM   #9
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I have already noticed that these tires seem horrible in the rain. I havent liked a goodyear tire in a long time. I miss my bf goodrich traction t/a's. Why doesnt any tire manufacturer make good all season tires in this size.

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:53 PM   #10
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From what I have experienced and read on this forum, the Goodyear LS2s are not ideal for this car. I am seriously considering Goodyear F1's before the weather gets any worse. I don't know of any other brand/make that makes the same OEM size.

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Old 11-07-2007, 10:25 PM   #11
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Been through a pretty decent MI winter last year, no problems with traction, handling or anything. The tires were fine by me.

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