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Old 07-21-2005, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I will be getting my new Mazda 6 from Carling mazda in Ottawa next week. With winter 4-5 months away I was just curious, How does the 6 handle when the snow flys? Mine has an onboard nanny (traction control) I asume that will help. I also got the bigger 17" wheels. That may hinder.

Does anyone drive their car in the winter or just hybernate?
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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this has been discussed many times... although not really recently as its summer...

anyway, i drive mine in the dead of toronto winter. have the 17" wheels too... with the all season crapchelins... i was fine.. i was in fact flying by a lot of people too... handles great i would say... of course, my tires are a lot balder than they used to.. i might just end up getting a set of steelies and winters.
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Sorry man Iam new here. I dont know how many time this has been discussed as I just bought my 6 and just joined this forum.

thanks for the input!
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Old 07-23-2005, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I wanted to hear from canadians who know how bad some storms can get. Some of those threads are from americans. We see alot of snow here.

Thanks, I read alot of it. I am thinking I will just use the all seasons this year.
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Originally posted by mzda6 Zm Zm@Jul 23 2005, 12:13 PM
I wanted to hear from canadians who know how bad some storms can get. Some of those threads are from americans. We see alot of snow here.

Thanks, I read alot of it. I am thinking I will just use the all seasons this year.
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Yeah.... I did the same thing when I bought my 6 in December of last year..... My dealer warned me that the 4 season "Michelins" 17" sucked but I thought he was just trying to make a buck and ignored him...

Did I ever feel like a a$$ hole the next time it snowed... Less then a inch of snow and I was skating a over the damn place and cursing every traffic lights.....

Very next day I bought myself a set of winter rims, Mazda hubs and a good set of winter tires...... Best dollar I ever spent...
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Originally posted by mzda6 Zm Zm@Jul 23 2005, 11:13 AM
I wanted to hear from canadians who know how bad some storms can get. Some of those threads are from americans. We see alot of snow here.

Thanks, I read alot of it. I am thinking I will just use the all seasons this year.
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As much as you think you guys get a lot of snow... I live in upstate NY, where we AVERAGE close to 180" per year! There are snow storms up here that we measure the snow in FEET instead of inches (or cms, in your case).

I can honestly tell you that the stock 17" OEMs are terrible in snow! On roads with a slushy 1-2", the driving is tolerable at best. Above 4", it's impossible to get anywhere with any confidence, and without the TCS light on. Having to deal with this from November to April, it gets a little frustrating after a while.

Get snow tires if you want to drive your 6 ANYWHERE this winter! I bought 16" steelies with Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2's, and NEVER got stuck since. Best purchase I made for this car, hands down!
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I made it through the first winter on the 17s without much problem, but the winter after that was horrible. Do yourself a favour and get a good set of ice radials. The snow is not so bad to handle, but its the ice that can really get you in trouble.
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I agree with Mz6GreyGhost. Parts of the US get far worse winters than we do here in Ontario. Most people I know have switched to winter tires (including myself) on either 15" or 16" steel rims. Its the best thing you can do for your car and for your own safety.
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Originally posted by mzda6 Zm Zm@Jul 21 2005, 10:24 PM
Hey I will be getting my new Mazda 6 from Carling mazda in Ottawa next week. With winter 4-5 months away I was just curious, How does the 6 handle when the snow flys? Mine has an onboard nanny (traction control) I asume that will help. I also got the bigger 17" wheels. That may hinder.

Does anyone drive their car in the winter* * or just hybernate?

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I got mine in january of 2005 and bought some 16 inch steel rims and winter tires a week later, so much better on winter tires,

BTW where are you located in ottawa, I'm from maxville, close to cornwall
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