I suggest you get Winter ICE TIRES, not SNOW TIRES. Here Winters get very cold and we get plenty of snow, but living in the city, we put WINTER ICE TIRES, cause snow gets plowed and removed quickly. But at stops or intersections ground gets icy, therefore you need a thread and compound that sticks to the ground.To my Canadian and Northern American cousins- anybody looked into winter tires yet?
So far, I have found three that are recommended for the 17" Lusso - Pirelli Sottozero 3, Nokian R2 and Blizzaks. We don't get much snow here, more slushy rain and ice so looking for a grippier tire.
If it snows, staying in the garage!
Since Lusso and ABarth are low profile tires, I suggest you go with 16" rims and a bigger size tire. Cause due to low profile, and plenty of pot holes due to sudden weather changes and also the snow plow, you may end up damaging your rims.Living in Canada and winter is on the way... Did anyone buy new 17" rims for winter tires already?
I like the Lusso wheels and I'm planning to go to the dealer again tomorrow to see if I can order a second set of these for my winter tires.
Anyone has any better suggestions?
Suggestions for decent winter tires are also welcome. Driving in the winter will be 2% on snow and 98% on clean roads but cold (-20C, -4F is very normal here in Jan-Mar)
All cleaned up with new Nokia R2's. Went with 17" but 215 rather than the summer 205's. Handle great, no road noise, and the next day couple of inches of snow arrived. Handled great but my commute is short and flat, no hills. Will look for new rims in the Spring.Yep, also convinced about the 16' in the mean time. I didn't go to the dealer but went to KalTire instead and the guy recommended 195/55R16 Nokian Nordman 5 91T XL tires. He also had Michelin X-ice Xi3 for slightly more. He still recommended the Nokian's over Michelin.
Michelin seems softer (less noise) and a better grip on dry road versus the Nokian's more noise, better grip on ice and snow but less on dry road.
He also had the Nokian R2 (seems to be the best) but only 1 in stock and wasn't sure he could back order them.