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Old 11-01-2017, 05:57 PM   #31
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I suspect that it's also more expendable [/QUOTE]

This was what I was going to respond with to the OP's question.

The last snow we had here saw me taking my old S class to work in the nearest office/town, it was hairy to say the least with a few genuine 'breathe in I'm coming through' moments.
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:31 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Critch View Post
work great till she reached snow deeper then the chassis
This ^^

The best winter tyres in the world can't beat ground clearance, so for the one or two weeks a year we do get snow, I'd plump for the 4x4 for this reason alone.

Having said that, when was the last time it snowed heavily south of the Watford gap?
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:52 PM   #33
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My G wagen has summer tyres... Its pants in the snow.
However thats only when its really heavy sitting snow like in a car park. Doing donuts in a V8 4x4 is fun

I tried to find winter tyres in the correct size but the cost was ridiculous...
We only get a few days of really bad weather and 90% of the time the roads are clear by 8AM.

For this reason I would still use the G wagen over any other car I have.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:10 PM   #34
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There are quite a few factors to be taken into account in assessing how good a car will perform in snow. Proper winter tyres are " the" obvious factor but overhangs, ground clearance and weight also play a part. A conservatively tyred lightweight car [ tyres not too wide or nothing too low aspect ratio] - with decent ground clearance and FWD will get you most places provided there's no silly electronic stability control strangling the engine of power.
factors typified by this video alltho both vehicles were 4wd in this case
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:17 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Doodle View Post
I'm ok with that, as long as my university and employers keep harbouring the same blissful thoughts too.
I'm OK with it too Doodle. The way that sipes affect grip on smooth surfaces (including snow) has long been accepted by tyre manufacturers and I can confirm that my own personal experience over many years of snow driving bear it out. Obviously they have little effect on virgin snow but once compacted they are an essential element to the makeup of a winter tyre.

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Old 11-01-2017, 08:30 PM   #36
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if you need to travel to work etc., winter tyres or 4x4. If you enjoy experiencing a more creative drive then stick with summer tyres and go play after the rush hour!
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