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Hi everyone,

I just picked up my new silver IS300 yesterday and I'm brand new to the group. I just wanted to thank everyone for all of their useful posts in this discussion forum. The information was very helpful in helping me select this car.

I picked up the car yesterday afternoon and drove it home for the first time. It had just snowed the day before and the roads were still very slippery. The stock 17" Bridgestone RE-040 Potenza tires are just a nightmare in the snow. I am a very experienced winter driver who rarely gets stuck in the snow and I was struggling to keep the wheels from spinning. I put the transmission in "snow" mode and took it really slow. I have never felt so out of control in a vehicle in my life....hehehehehe. First thing this morning I took the car in and had the summer tires swapped for a new set of Yokohama Guardex 600 winter tires with aluminum rims. With the winter tires mounted, the car was transformed into a totally different beast. I took a drive through some really slushy sideroads and the car held its grip as good as any FWD vehicle. It just goes to show you that there really is no substitue for a good set of winter tires.

The car is a real pleasure to drive. The handling is tight and I certainly don't find the ride to be noisy (as some others have reported). The only real complaint that I have is the lack of a good armrest on the center console.

Just wanted to say hello. Looking forward to chatting with everyone.

JordanK.
 

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I am glad to hear a before/after comparison for winter tires. It's good to know the IS is competent in the snow. I grew up driving RWD cars with crappy tires, so I kindof know what to expect. It has been a while since I've driven a RWD in snow and I will have to get the feel for it again. You gotta love this car.
 

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Welcome to the club Jordan. I've had my IS for over 5 months now, and I absolutely love it. Unlike many on this forum, I haven't any significant probs with my car either. As for the summer tires, well they have nothing to do with the car. The sticker says 'summer only', and that's exactly what it means. For snow/cold weather driving, I would definitely recommend snow tires. The summer tires would be suicide. As for me, I'm switchin to my trusted 4Runner as soon as it snows here (we're expecting some on monday

Good luck with the new car...drive safe.

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Welcome to the Forum!

Enjoy your new Toy!!


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JUSTIN & DENISE C. OWNERS OF THE ONE-OF-A-KIND IS300
 

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Jordan.. that is EXACTLY WHAT I FELT LAST NIGHT!!!!!!.. and i scractched my rims coz i couldnt get it straight and hit the back rim.......


it hurts.........

anyway.. so snow tires do make some big difference?? coz i might get snow tires.. but maybe not ( coz snow is melting and its raining now already) not much snow here.. ( vancouver).

congrad on your IS!
 
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