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December 16, 10:08 AM [GMT -5]

There's no comparison between "all season," and "mud and snow" tires and real snow or winter tires. All-season tires are, at best, marginal in snow, even when new, and downright dangerous when just half worn.

Because of the expense of buying four additional tire pressure monitoring rims and snow tires, I drive on premium snows all year round. They wear a bit faster, but they're quiet and work well in rain. Even if I just bought 4 snows and 4 summer tires I would save on the expense of switching tires and rims and balancing them twice a year.

The best year-round winter tires I've used over the years are Hakkapelliti Nokian WR-2 tires.

February 13, 11:13 PM [GMT -5]

Don't forget to add the cost of 4 Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors on late model cars!

January 31, 6:57 PM [GMT -5]

I heard that new vehicles require the wheels to be recalibrated ($200. plus dollars), every time the tires are changed from winter to all-season & vise-versa.

January 30, 10:19 PM [GMT -5]

There are some tires that are considered ALL WEATHER PLUS tires that can be used all year, hot or cold, wet or dry, ice or snow with excellent traction and handling. They do not cost $90 each but $150 and above, but are worth the convenience and safety when driving in mixed weather conditions. The tires I have on my car are Nokian WRg2 ALL WEATHER PLUS tires and are EXCELLENT. http://www.nokiantires.com/tyre?id=11899&group=1.01&name=Nokian+WRG2
They outwear the "bubble" tread technology tires. Nokian is the only tire company in the world that has a year round ice test track. They are made in Finland. Look them up at http://www.nokiantyres.com/products. This comment is NOT an advertisement only a testimonial from a multi-decade user of the Nokian tires.
Chuck Johnson - chjohnson4642@gmail.com

January 30, 6:29 PM [GMT -5]

Modern winter tires are a "no brainer" for most people that live in cold climates. I've used them on several vehicles and I'm convinced. Hands down these tires are the best investment you can make to improve the winter capability or ANY car or truck.

I find it funny how many people will invest in a vehicle with all wheel drive, but still rely on all-season tires. All wheel drive costs upwards of $2000 and may help you GO in adverse conditions, but does NOTHING to help you stop! Instead spend the $400-$1000 on the winter tires and enjoy results and savings. If you live in an area that has hills, and bad weather, you may want both AWD and winter tires.

I recommend searching for used factory wheels that fit you car. Craigslist type sites are a great resource for this. To thesse add a new set of dedicated winter tires and you're in great shape. Your local tire shop will happliy swap them out for you at the beginning and end of the bad weather season. Enjoy the Snow!

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