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#1 Mental_Atom

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:47 PM

Hey everyone,

 

I was just wondering if any of you actually use winter tyres and how much of a difference you find they make. I know that they have been proven to be better in winter, but I just thought I'd ask from personal experience. I've also heard that with lower profile tyres it's more worthwhile?

 

Also, any idea what tyres Ford put on the Fiestas straight out the factory? I'm just curious!

 

Thanks!



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:06 PM

I use winter tyres on my mondeo. The standard tyre size is 225/45/18 iirc, but for my winter tyres I use steel wheels with 205/55/16 (I'm not sure if that is the size but it's close enough.

The difference between the two in the cold weather is incredible. Much more grip and confidence. They were expensive but that said, at roughly the same price as an 18" tyre, they will break even in the long run as I'm not destroying summer tyres through the winter.
This winter will be my 4th with the winter tyres on the mondeo.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:33 PM

I have thought about getting a full set of winter tyres and steel wheels but for the time being I will wait and see how things are this winter.

I've had my Zetec since the beginning of March and have done just over 4100miles with the supplied Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance so they should still in pretty good nick through this winter.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:19 AM

It's like night & day. Really amazing performance in cold weather & snow.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:02 PM

Always use winter tyres, have a set of Michelin Alpin A4 and steel wheels for winter. As above the difference is night and day and when it does snow you can go sailing past everybody as they slide about.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:19 PM

Haha okay, thanks for the tips guys!

 

I'm not gonna have the money for winter tyres this year (my current car gave me an unexpected bill and ruined my plans), and not getting the car until October anyways... How much did you guys pay for a set of steels and winter tyres if you don't mind me asking?

 

Thanks :)

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:17 PM

195/50/15 tyres were £62 each from Camskill and I bought the new steels in the summer sale for £35 each



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