Winter Driving

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garjas65
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Winter Driving

Post by garjas65 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:16 am

Hi all
Has anyone had their puma in any snow and if so how did it cope? I realise we didn't have hardly any last winter but im a big believer in changing my tyres over to full winters from early November to say April. Once you've experienced a full blown winter tyre (not an all season thingy) you are hooked believe me! The problem I have this time is that I'm maybe thinking of buying 17 inch rims and fitting 205/55/17 tyres which according to the tyre comparison sites is within the tolerances allowed so your speedo etc isn't affected greatly.
I could just do as I've done previously and just buy some 19 inch 225/40/19 winters but 1. They are pricey for a good brand (I will not buy budget tyres) 2. They need to be put on and off over the years which costs to swap them and risks damage to the alloys. At least if I bought steel rims which are relatively cheap then bought smaller size tyres which are not only cheaper but will perform better in the snow than wider ones i can then swap them myself.
Some people tell me they're a waste of money because of the amount of times you'll actually need them but I never missed a days work travelling 16 miles to work over moorland roads where people who lived locally struggled to get to work and lost money in the process. The other benefit is that during the 2 and half to 3 years that I will have the car I would need to buy a new set anyway and with the Goodyear eagles in my size being around 150 a corner it means that I can make them last the 3 years if I'm rotating them for 6 months a year with the winters.
Sorry for the long drawn out essay for a simple question but just tried to give as much info as to why I do it. But if someone was to say yes the car performs well in the snow I just might change my mind. Maybe 🤣

PaulD
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Re: Winter Driving

Post by PaulD » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:45 pm

I don,t know how the Puma performs in the snow.
But i also always use winter tires .
I have the wintertires on rims left from my former car ( Focus)
The Puma has 18 inch and the Focus 17 inch
They are a bit to small but Ford said it,s no problem.
So next winter i,m driving on wintertires.
Wintertires are not extra money because when they are on the car you don,t wear your summertires.
my 2 cents anyway
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Stevep999
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Re: Winter Driving

Post by Stevep999 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:36 pm

I had all season on my last awd Kuga, never saw hint of snow in 2 yes. U wait, snow this year !!!
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garjas65
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Re: Winter Driving

Post by garjas65 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:48 pm

PaulD wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:45 pm
I don,t know how the Puma performs in the snow.
But i also always use winter tires .
I have the wintertires on rims left from my former car ( Focus)
The Puma has 18 inch and the Focus 17 inch
They are a bit to small but Ford said it,s no problem.
So next winter i,m driving on wintertires.
Wintertires are not extra money because when they are on the car you don,t wear your summertires.
my 2 cents anyway
Exactly. I will be on winters one way or another by November. I've mainly had the continentals but on my fiesta st line I put kleber krisalp 3 on and they were OK. They are made by michelin and out performed Michelins own winter tyre in tests. Also i left them on the car for 18 months and when I traded it in a month ago the fronts still had 4.5mm and rears 6.0mm. And they were still good all round in summer . Just make sure that the size change in wheel in within the tolerance of plus or minus 2% . There are lots of tyre calculators online that work it out for you. Your speedo will otherwise give false reading and could get you a ticket 😉

garjas65
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Re: Winter Driving

Post by garjas65 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:53 pm

Stevep999 wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:36 pm
I had all season on my last awd Kuga, never saw hint of snow in 2 yes. U wait, snow this year !!!
Ha ha sods law! To be honest I think my puma with the big wide summer tyres will be atrocious in snow. My fiesta with 17 inch and 205mm width were no good but put winters on and it was totally different car. Each to there own i suppose but I'd rather be the one tootling on past the ones stuck on a slight gradient on my way to work. 😅

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