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I used some studded Michelin snow tires, back in college when I had my old RX-7. They worked GREAT, and made life in wintry upstate NY much easier. A lot of people might argue with this point, but I think a well balanced car with proper tires is as brilliant in the snow as a truck or SUV.
Anyway, fast forward to 2007. I'm in the process of buying an RX-8, and I definitely need some winter rubber. I don't have any place to store a second car, and although I can probably use the girlfriend's Camry, it's not really much better in the white stuff. Although Delaware doesn't get much snow, I am subject to call from work, and need to be able to get around if it is wintry. Also, I plan on visiting my parents during the winter months.
I am going to purchase some 18" winter rubber for my RX-8, and i'm in need of a little help deciding. The old studded snows I used on my '7 were very noisy, but very good. If modern studded snows are just as noisy, a 5-hour highway drive may be a bit of an ordeal.
Here is the list I have narrowed it down to, in reverse order:
3) Dunlop Winter Sport M3
2) Hankook IceBear W300
1) Nokian Hakkapeliitta 4
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. Thanks in advance!
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Take a look at the tests and reviews at Tire Rack. Their test of studded snows compared to premium winter tires showed better performance all around WITHOUT studs. The best of all worlds. I know my blizzaks make the 8 nice to drive in the winter but it is still a distant second to my wife's Forester if you really need to get around, even with her stockers on.
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