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Old 12-01-2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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Talking Snow time!!! Whohoo!!!

Hey,

Well, its finally here. Snow!!! Here is Milwaukee (wisconsin) its been snowing pretty hard and blowing like crazy. Now this is my first front wheel drive car with traction control systems. I have had nothing but 4x4 jeeps and my 9-2x. Gotta say that I miss the AWD and snow tires on the 9-2x. But i figured that it would be okay since we don't have to many of these crazy snowdays.

With that said...any tips on driving in snow with traction control? Any tips with the 9-3 at all for this condition would be appreciated.

Overall the car handles great in the snow (for a swede)

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Congrats on the snow. Very jealous here in New England.
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know how to quickly hit the off switch.

my mom has gotten stuck more times because of that damn system than is funny.



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Old 12-01-2007, 04:30 PM   #5
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true it is better to just go peddle to the metal when your getting stuck.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:47 PM   #6
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know how to quickly hit the off switch.

my mom has gotten stuck more times because of that damn system than is funny.
+1

Two days after I bought my car it snowed something fierce. When I bought it summer only BFG KDW2's were on it.

Nightmare.

Anyways, I got stuck on oh about a .5 degree incline, which just happened to be one of the main roads that goes through downtown Minneapolis (Hennepin Ave). I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to turn the damn traction control off (it kept cutting the power and I needed to spin the tires to get going)...it didn't help that there wasn't an owner's manual in the car, either.

The traction control is shit. You are better off, just giving it light throttle to get moving in first and then immediately shift into second, shift into the next highest gear earlier than you usually would. It's all about momentum.

That being said, I don't know if it was traction control or divine intervention, but one time I was going on an underpass on ramp, and hit black ice mid curve. I felt the car start to immedately shift and I prepared for what I assumed would be the hit of the wall. The stability light lit up and immediately just grabbed my car forward and yanked it in line. It was one of the weirdest feelings I have ever had in a car. Well besides my first experience with receiving road head.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:13 PM   #7
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Howdy,

Hm, interesting on the "turn off the tc" statements made. I was heading out to dinner tonight and found a place to park. I thought, hey I can get outta there if I were to park here. Yeah right. I was not able to go anywhere and I was only a few inches in. After some rocking I hit the switch and it helped. I will say that after driving the car alot today in these conditions, that the tc has its pros and cons. When I had it on there were cars just flying by be from the stoplight. I think i will try more without. I will say that the stability control is pretty cool though. I threw the car around a little in a parking lot and it was pretty interesting to see the car straightening itself out.

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Here in New Hampshire we're expecting a fair amount of snow tonight and into Monday. Projections for where I'm located in Concord are for anywhere from 8" to 14". Outside of a dusting or two we've received so far, this will be the first measurable amount of snow we've received this season.
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2004 Aero on 17 inch Toyo Proxie all seasons in 6 inches of snow = FAIL

Winter wheels/tires on backorder until Jan. 5

Downright scary, I am screwed until next month.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:19 AM   #10
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^ tell me about it. I had 17's on my 92x Aero with Bridgestone summer tires = superfail too. haha Even with AWD the car was all over the road. Boy, that was disappointing. Hope you can get your tires quickly. What package did you order?

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Old 12-02-2007, 09:53 AM   #11
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What tires are you getting that are backordered?
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:07 AM   #12
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The tires are in stock, the wheels are on backorder.

Bridgestone Blizzak REVO 1 w/ ASA EM9 16x7

The tirerack website lists the wheels in stock now, I will have to investigate.

I am going to have to choose a diiferent set-up if I have to wait that long. My car is literally undrivable in the snow on the all seasons it came with.
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:20 AM   #13
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I would recommend discounttire.com

The wheels, I ordered from them were $99 a pop and were at my door in 3days. That was for the 17's. Not sure what you are intending to run, but discounttire.com usually has better pricing and selection of wheels (for those that don't care about having great looking wheels), they carry lower end wheels.
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:33 AM   #14
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You should check out craigslist for your area, if you haven't already. You might score big like i did. I got these 2003 9-5 Linear 16" rims for 160 bucks. Yes, for the entire set (no rubber of course). Perfect strong winter rims.


Then threw on some thick blizzaks (read: not z rated).

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Looks really good, SaabNW!
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:16 PM   #16
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I just sent him some CL listings, there are a couple sets of snow/wheel packages in the $450-600 range.
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The snow has started here.... supposed to be getting quite a bit.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:00 PM   #18
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Yeah, disconttire.com is a great site. (also has free shipping on packages) Its were I got my snows for my 9-2x (icebear W300's)
Now the roads are clear and its cool to drive again. This is kinda why I cannot buy snows for my 9-3 right now, the snow conditions are bad for such a short time here in Milwaukee. Hm. Maybe another snow storm will make me change my mind.

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:03 AM   #19
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I find the best place for the Saab when that wonderful Milwaukee weather hits is in the garage.

Honestly, though, I think my 03 arc handles pretty good in the snow/ice. I can't remember what tires I have on right now, but I am happy with them.

For the TC, I like to leave it on when I'm driving, it has saved me a couple of times.
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Glad you're enjoying it Ken.


You should install a siren in your car.
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