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Winter handling with and without chains/socks/etc...

Hey everyone,

I realize this question has been asked here a few times (I've been reading for about the last two hours), but I've yet to see any clear answers on the issue. I'm considering buying a used 2004 or 2005 Mazda6 s hatchback and was wondering how it handles for people in the snow.

Although I live in Wisconsin normally, I'm currently living in the mountains (Avon, CO) for a few months and am a little worried about buying this car given what I've heard about snow tires and chains on this vehicle. I was just wondering how people's experiences are with this car in the mountains, what tires you use, what you do in deeper snow and what if anything fits on this car when chains are required.

I realize there will always be days when you shouldn't drive a car like this (especially in the mountains), but I am wondering what if anything people have found to satisfy chain carrying requirements in CO and CA when necessary. I've seen a few people saying to try Autosocks, but their fulfillment of chain requirements is not 100% clear to me. I've also seen a few posts where people suggested trying one chain or cable, but yet any from someone who has actually used them.

So I guess my question is: has anyone here successfully used any snow chain or cable device that meets legal chain requirements in the mountains and if so, did they work OK?

Needless to say I would get a nice set of snow tires for winter driving here, but I'm just wondering about these exceptional, chains required days.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and input,
Justin C.
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