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Old 29 November 2013, 14:21   #1
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Winter tyres

I'll admit I've made a boo boo. I replaced the tyres on the GL this summer and they are too big for the snow chains so I've bought a spare set of wheels and snow tyres. No idea what to expect, although they've been on a week and are handling ok this week, so what should I expect on cold/wet and snowy conditions?
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Old 29 November 2013, 14:27   #2
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No problems I would guess
Presume we are talking merc
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Winter tyres are the business. They make more difference than would ever imagine. Just pray for snow and inevitable smugness
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Winter tyres are the mutts, got them a couple of years ago and was very sceptical, but they are a huge improvement - just remember the laws of physics still apply when you try to stop in a hurry.
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Yep merc gl. I've never driven on snow tyres before, except hire cars like astras, and interested in other's views. Got a couple of trips to the alps so need snow chains, which cost 300, and couldn't find any to fit the summer tyres so bought some 19s with winter tyres which will also fit the chains. Bring on winter!
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I once had a trani van and had some studded tyres for it they where awesome the look on peoples faces as I passed them.
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Apparently the Scandinavians say winter tyres first, four wheel drive second.


I put snow tyres on the missus Rav4 and it definitely makes a difference.
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Apparently the Scandinavians say winter tyres first, four wheel drive second.
Four wheel drive is great for the "going" bit, but no help for the "stopping" bit...
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Four wheel drive is great for the "going" bit, but no help for the "stopping" bit...
Got to agree 4 wheel drive is not always the best in snow & ice I liked my rear wheel drive motors best with some extra weight in the back.
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Got to agree 4 wheel drive is not always the best in snow & ice I liked my rear wheel drive motors best with some extra weight in the back.
I once had a BMW 330i and it was SO bad in the snow, even with winter tyres, I decided to sell it when I couldn't get up my driveway one day.

It wasn't from lack of skill, I driven off road most of my working life and would like to think I can handle tricky conditions from greasy mud to snow but the BMW was worse than useless.
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