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post #1 of 92 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Driving a piece of sh*t in the snow??

Well, due to certain circumstances I may be living the season in Bear with a POS car. Like $1k range. I'll be living within a couple miles of the resort I work at and won't be driving long distances in the snow. Will I be OK? Any suggestions/advice? Thanks in advance.

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mine cost $1k...
Get winter tyres and don't drive like a retard, you'll be fine.
Oh and buy some gloves, steering wheels get cold
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Word. Anyone have any recommendations in that price range? How much are winter tires? Are they necessary or can I get by with just chains?

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We got winter tyres so we're not stopping and changing all the time. Chains are bad for your tyres too, apparently. And roads. But who cares about the roads, really.
We got second hand winter tyres for $340 (i'm in Canada, mind you) and they're freakin sweet, never have any problems with them except when there's massive dumps about.
I'm driving a 91 voyager, if that's any help. fits loads of ppl and boards in
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Eh, I'll only be using it for a couple months so I'll stick with the chains.
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first off what kind of car we talking? second heres a list of stuff to keep in the trunk. a couple two by fours, a cumalong *mechanical winch, sand or rock salt, have snow tires or chains and you should be good. Other than that should be good.
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Any kind of car for $1k to MAYBE $1500.
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Get a front wheel drive for sure, RWD's suck ass in the snow. Or get a beat up 4x4
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I drove a beat up 99 cougar in the snow for two years until I was finally able to buy my BMW ... It sucked at times, but I somehow managed. I remember that one day I parked my car in one of my school's parking lots which was downhill and my car started sliding down the hill, even though I had decent tires on it and stopped in a pole, and I had to run to class so it just sat there for an hour or two, it was so funny. Nobody noticed that my car was actually supporting on that pole ... I laughed.

But if you do get a car, get 4X4 or at least a FWD .... you can get jeep cherokees for 1-2k and with good tires, that thing will do great in the snow.

It's really all about the tires. My friend wrecked his EVO right in front of me while I was following him and ended up in the ditch (his skirts and front bumper got ripped off but other than that they were fine) .... and EVO ... which is kinda crazy cuz those things are ridiculous ... but shitty tires do that.

tires FTW. and then make sure it's a car that will start in the cold, even if it's old and cheap. check the starter before you buy it since that is the number one problem of cars not starting in the snow.

instead of buying chains, invest more money in some good tires that will last you longer and are going to be more helpful in any situation. chains also destroy tires, and you can't use chains in lighter snow/black ice and you will slide.

another suggestion: go to impound lots and try to buy a car that nobody came to pick up and is offered for sale now ... they have really good deals on good cars sometimes.

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but you can't rely only on chains ... you NEED good tires in the snow with chains or not. You will use the good tires more than the chains. this depends on what kind of snow you have to drive in and how groomed the roads are. it's common sense
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