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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Bingo

    I could see the argument against owning snows if there was a substantial financial benefit to sticking with All Seasons, but there isn't.

    As is being proven here in this thread (again for like the 40th snow tire thread since AZ started); the people who argue against owning snows have never had them.
    I'm sure they are better but I'd rather not have my rims beat up with swapping tires twice a year. Steel wheels are not easy to find for Volvos and sorry but I don't want a TPS light blaring at me for several months a year.

    I manage fine with AWD and all-seasons and I don't go out if the roads are too bad.



    Personal preference...

    If there's any car I'd get snows for it would be my daughter's Ford Focus. That little light car is pretty bad in the snow with AWD tires.

    I'll be replacing my tires this fall, not sure what I will get yet. The Continentals I've been running with were better in the snow than the OEM Michelins (most OEM tires are crap anymore) but I had an issue with an out of round tire that I just could not get balanced quite right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck it View Post
    Why waste the money if I don't need them?
    Your running AT tires though. Not as good as snow tires but way better the ast.
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  3. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by ALLSKIING View Post
    Your running AT tires though. Not as good as snow tires but way better the ast.
    Yes, I do on the FJ for off roading. The original OEM's for the first 50K were all season Grandtreks and had no problems either.
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  4. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by Puck it View Post
    Why waste the money if I don't need them?
    $80 a year is a few days worth of apres beers.

    We're not talking about a lot of money.

    At least you're on ATs. That's reasonable. I've never found an All Season that's been even close to as good as snows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    I'm sure they are better but I'd rather not have my rims beat up with swapping tires twice a year. Steel wheels are not easy to find for Volvos and sorry but I don't want a TPS light blaring at me for several months a year.

    I manage fine with AWD and all-seasons and I don't go out if the roads are too bad.

    Personal preference...

    If there's any car I'd get snows for it would be my daughter's Ford Focus. That little light car is pretty bad in the snow with AWD tires.

    I'll be replacing my tires this fall, not sure what I will get yet. The Continentals I've been running with were better in the snow than the OEM Michelins (most OEM tires are crap anymore) but I had an issue with an out of round tire that I just could not get balanced quite right.
    One week after I got my car, I bought a set of very lightly used OEM original alloy wheels in just about perfect condition (1" smaller than my upgraded alloys that came with my car, which is ideal for snows) with General Altimax snows that had one season on them for $500. No swapping tires on and off rims. You can barely buy new tires for 500 let alone alloy rims. It was like I got the rims for free and the snows were great last winter. I will get a new set of snows this fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcski View Post
    One week after I got my car, I bought a set of very lightly used OEM original alloy wheels in just about perfect condition (1" smaller than my upgraded alloys that came with my car, which is ideal for snows) with General Altimax snows that had one season on them for $500. No swapping tires on and off rims. You can barely buy new tires for 500 let alone alloy rims. It was like I got the rims for free and the snows were great last winter. I will get a new set of snows this fall.
    I am trying to do exactly this for the wife's new ride and I am not having much luck.

    Anyone with a lead on some rims/tires for a 328x drive please share the info.


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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    $80 a year is a few days worth of apres beers.

    We're not talking about a lot of money.

    At least you're on ATs. That's reasonable. I've never found an All Season that's been even close to as good as snows.
    Plus the cost of the tires! Some of the tires mentioned on this thread are not cheap. For my truck - I would need 4 at around $160 each and that is the low end for tire size 265/50R20. Part of the reason I have good traction is due to the weight of my truck and the width of the tire. It also is AWD with traction control that works very well. The right tool for winter! The all season tires I use are designed to reduce hydroplaning when wet or slushy.

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    Funny thing about this thread, I was showing it to my wife and all of a sudden she is thinking Snow Tires - What? Her logic, she needs new tires and we plan on trading it in in the spring so with that in mind, rather than buying all season, go with winters and then trade it in around April.

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    Good siping on the tire is what make it work in snow.
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  9. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    Plus the cost of the tires! .
    As mentioned prior. It ends up prolonging the life of your summer tires. Over time, the only added cost is the swapping. If you like your car and buy the same model again, the winter steel wheels (or alloys if you want something nice) are usable again.

    Your V8 monstrosity pisses away gas and money too. So, I guess it's a matter of where you don't mind spending it. It's cool that you don't want to go that route, but to argue against something you've never tried??? That's like saying Long Horn Steakhouse is a good as Ruth Chris when you've never been. That's all I'm saying.

    Quote Originally Posted by Puck it View Post
    Good siping on the tire is what make it work in snow.
    And the compound of the rubber. You experienced the same with summer tires.
    Last edited by deadheadskier; Sep 14, 2015 at 9:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    And the compound of the rubber. You experienced the same with summer tires.
    Without saying.
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