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I live in New England and there is a certain chance that I will have to drive in the snow a few times a year. Anyone out there have experience with the IS in winter weather?
 

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Originally posted by merlin3008:
I live in New England and there is a certain chance that I will have to drive in the snow a few times a year. Anyone out there have experience with the IS in winter weather?
If you drive the IS with the stock tires you will CRASH. I am not joking, it is suicide.

Do a search and find out for yourself




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No problem with winter tires... You can get all season tires with 16" rims or summer tires with 17" rims for 2001 IS.
 

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Can you buy all-season tires for the 17 inch stock rims?


QUOTE]Originally posted by PMD911:
No problem with winter tires... You can get all season tires with 16" rims or summer tires with 17" rims for 2001 IS.[/QUOTE]
 

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as long as you drive RWD you'll always have problems in snow unless you have snow tires.

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Unfortunately no. That's why you need to get separate winter tires with 17". Alot of people bought 16" rims and 16" winter tires on their own at discount tire center etc so they won't ruin the stock 17" rims. But I just kept my 17" stock rims and got 17" winter tires.

16" stock rims don't look that good by the way. Or you can get stock 16" with all season tires and get nicer rims on your own later. But I would just get 17's and get 17 winter tires to save money.

[This message has been edited by PMD911 (edited February 23, 2001).]
 

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Originally posted by PMD911:
Unfortunately no. That's why you need to get separate winter tires with 17". Alot of people bought 16" rims and 16" winter tires on their own at discount tire center etc so they won't ruin the stock 17" rims. But I just kept my 17" stock rims and got 17" winter tires.

16" stock rims don't look that good by the way. Or you can get stock 16" with all season tires and get nicer rims on your own later. But I would just get 17's and get 17 winter tires to save money.

[This message has been edited by PMD911 (edited February 23, 2001).]
Are you saying this after seeing my lame 16"-ers
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I have the 16" and they DO look pretty lame. My guess was that I'd stick w/ the 16" because I do a fair amount of driving in Vermont in the winter... It's going to end up being more expensive because I'm unhappy with the look of the 16's and want to get 17" now too.


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Originally posted by s0yb0mb:
Are you saying this after seeing my lame 16"-ers
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I have the 16" and they DO look pretty lame. My guess was that I'd stick w/ the 16" because I do a fair amount of driving in Vermont in the winter... It's going to end up being more expensive because I'm unhappy with the look of the 16's and want to get 17" now too.


This is ironic because I checked out your rims while passing by your car this morning. Noticed the 16". Did you have fun digging out? My rims keep sticking out of my winter tires for some reason. Anyone know why? Correct fit and everything...
 

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Originally posted by PMD911:
This is ironic because I checked out your rims while passing by your car this morning. Noticed the 16". Did you have fun digging out? My rims keep sticking out of my winter tires for some reason. Anyone know why? Correct fit and everything...

The "big-dig" (patent pending) is tomorrow morning b4 rugby practice. Which is kinda good, because I'd rather puke out my hangover while shovleing (I don't even have a shovel) than when running in the snow.

No idea about the snow tires man...



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For this winter I purchased Potenza RE910's 17". These are All-Season tires. Not too bad in the snow. Much, much better than the stock summer tires. Then when the snow clears up a little, these tires drive really well on dry pavement. Summer tires are still better performers, though.
 

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Originally posted by csdstudio:
For this winter I purchased Potenza RE910's 17". These are All-Season tires. Not too bad in the snow. Much, much better than the stock summer tires. Then when the snow clears up a little, these tires drive really well on dry pavement. Summer tires are still better performers, though.
I'm surprised that you are using all seasons in MN??? In my area, yeah, in your area that seems crazy. Am I missing something?
 

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This issue has been addressed quite a bit in the past... I've got 17-inch Dunlop M3 snow tires on the stock 17" wheels. They totally rock!!


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You definetly need the snow tires. Since I bought them, the car has handled great in the snow. I have the Bridgestone Blizzaks LM-22's and mounted them on my stock 17inch rims.

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16's rims with snow tires is the best combination because the side wall of 17s is far too narrow than the P205 60 R 16( have a taller side wall )
and during winter time there are lot of potholes out there u should feel sorry for your nice looking 17' rims( it bent easily) if ur 1 year old IS300 ever sink inside one of those nasty big potholes
 

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one word to solve this problem

QUATTRO

*flame suit zipped up and ready*...
just kidding guys, but when i used to drive my friends RWD bmw in the snow (with snow tires) it was bad...fwd with wet/dry tires were better than the rwd with snow tires. granted...not all cars are alike...so mabbe the IS is better in snow than the other rwd cars i've driven....
 

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You should be ok if you drive "VERY" carefully. I went through the whole winter w/ out snow tires. I suggest you get snow tires if you can though.
 

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my IS is a piece of crap in the snow. the front tires lock up and she gets a little hard to steer. don't try to go through any thing more that 2 inches of snow either. It's pretty embarresing having you coworkers puch you out of the parkinglot after work. i bought another car cheaper than the snowtires would have been. my suggestion, get another car for winter.

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