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Hi all, I purchased my 370Z in beginning of the spring this year. I kept until now my previous car, a Volvo C30 with winter tyres when needed. I'm thinking

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Old 10-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I purchased my 370Z in beginning of the spring this year. I kept until now my previous car, a Volvo C30 with winter tyres when needed.
I'm thinking of selling it because it's stupid to keep it but I'm "scared" of the winter season.

ANyone here is using their Z all year-long? I'm in Belgium, we don't have crazy winters but we do have a few days with snow, ice on the roads etc. Plus, I'm often going to Switzerland. I'm thinking with the Z I'll be completely stuck very easily where the VOlvo, front wheal drive + winter tyres is quite good at moving itself out of slippery situations.

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Cars (in general) don't handle well in the winter because of the tires. Is the 370z and ideal platform for snow... NO. If you can keep the beater i would do that.

However....


A friend has a Z4. On days when it snowed even a half inch, he couldn't get his car back into the garage. I grabbed his credit card and ordered Blizzak WS60s with Steelies for him. $800 later, It now goes better in the snow than his wife's Accord on all-seasons.
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Thanks!
Definitely planning on buying a set of 4 winter tyres. I'll see if my usual shop can offer me Blizzak WS60s. Otherwise any other recommendations (they usually sell Michelin & COntinental).

What's steelies?

Other than that I guess in the city with a cleared road it should be OK with good tyres. But going to Switzerland is my main concern
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I purchased two winter tires on the rear instead of four of them. It work no problem in winter as well. For RWD, it is enough!
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Isn't that a bit weird to have two different sets front and rear?
Do you mind me asking where you live AKA do you have rough winters?
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No, get yourself 4 nice winter tires coz you need front tires for making a turn and brake. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 are the best snow tires out there. It makes day and night different in a snow storm.

But still, the best way to handle harsh winter is to get an awd winter beater if it's possible. Who want to use a nice car as a snow plow crushing the ice and snow during winter. Not to mention the salt damage to your car.
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Z's will get you around in the snow if you have to, but man after driving the Z in the snow I few times I would definately recomend keep a beater around. Not just because of getting through the snow but also because of crap they put on the roads when they are plowing. Things rusted on my Z that shouldn't have.
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get 4 if your gonna drive your z in winter your not gonna be able to turn the damn thing without sliding . or keep the other car and not have to worry about some tool sliding into you
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Having to drive on icy and snowy streets is exactly the OPPOSITE reason I own a Z car. It's a vehicle with a tricky and torquey clutch, rear wheel drive, and ground clearance that makes some driveway exits difficult. It would completely suck as a winter driver.

Keep the Volvo.
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Thanks all for your input. But damn, I would like to sell the Volvo as it's going to be used 1-4 weeks a year :-/
Then again I can't risk being stuck one morning because of 2 centimetres of snow... What a challenge.

Now (and sorry for all these questions :-) ) if I keep only the Z and buy 4 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 tires, the goal would be to keep the stock rims and in the winter change the rubber only, right?
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I think you should use(buy) different wheels to install your Winter tires on. "Steelies" are steel wheels that are all black. Most base model/ small japanese cars come stock with black steelie wheels covered by plastic hub-caps.
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RWD + Winter tires + Snow = awesome
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I am going to be riding in the snow this year too (On the S-tune wheels!). Wife's new car is more expensive than mine, so the Z is going to lose the garage queen status.
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Thanks all for your input. But damn, I would like to sell the Volvo as it's going to be used 1-4 weeks a year :-/
Then again I can't risk being stuck one morning because of 2 centimetres of snow... What a challenge.

Now (and sorry for all these questions :-) ) if I keep only the Z and buy 4 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 tires, the goal would be to keep the stock rims and in the winter change the rubber only, right?
Thanks again!
Pretty much... But it would be nice to have a second set of wheels(can be cheap and used ones) for winters. This way you can easily swap them out by yourself anytime you want to and always have a nice set of wheels when weather is good.
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Dedicated winter wheels are preferable to switching rubber every season. In the long run you save money as you don't have to pay to mount and balance twice a year.

Additionally with the stock wheels you're stuck running wide winter tires which isn't necessarily what you want when it comes to snow traction.
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