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i live in CT, we get all kinds of snow storms, before i buy the car im trying to future situations.....i want the 8 so bad, but just the winter concerns me.....i drove a friends bmw when there was just alittle snow and forget it , the car was going all over the road.......dont want that happening to me with the 8 ........then again he didnt have snow tires on
A set of snow tires on 17" rims can be found for under $1,000 new or even less used from a board member. Do you have that money to spend and a place to keep the tires? That's what I do and it also helps keep the winter miles off of the nicer summer tires.
Location: Saskatoon, SK -- go to Winnipeg then head west
The car is basically undrivable on snow/ice with the stock high perf. tires, whether Dunlop of Bridgestone. But given proper snow tires (Blizzak is one of many possibilities) it's a whole different story.
eeps, I just bought an RX-8 and I live in Wisconsin. Even though our winter is for the most part over I believe that a good driver can beat the winter conditions in this car. You'll find it extremely stable.
I also live about the same distance away from my work and I will say that the gas does go down a bit faster than my previous car, but I think it's a small price to pay for such a damn cool car. (that and I have been driving it fairly hard)
I'd just suggest many many test drives to make sure that the car fits you.
One more thing, when i was buying the 8, the dealer was just about jamming winter tires down my throat. If you think the stock tires are loud, just try putting on winter tires! I think all-season tread should work fine.
Last edited by The_Pendragon; 03-18-2006 at 03:32 PM.
I live in MA, so we get worse winters than you, and I didn't let that stop me. I did get snow tires for it, as everybody here recommends. Didn't have too many drive-in-the-snow occasions this winter, but had zero problems in those I did face.
I live in Ontario just north of Toronto and decided *not* to winter drive it. By the time I bought winter rims and tires, it was just as cheap to buy a winter beater.
I was not concerned about my driving or the way the car handled. I was more concerned about the idiots drives that should not even be on the road in the winter, you know, the kind that slide into the intersection on red lights.
I drive in Chicago, they keep the roads pretty clear so I get away with Avon all season ultra performance tires. I put 245/40/18 on the stock wheels. Looks great and quieter then stock. In the snow they are OK, very good in rain. They would run you about $580 shipped, they give you about 90% of the OEMs and winter driving in one tire plus you can sell the OEM.