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.
Last edited by romaniaK; 01-11-2010 at 04:29 AM.