- Worst car you've ever driven in snow?
I’ll nominate my Saab 9-5 estate auto.
Only had it a couple of weeks and last night getting home from work was one of the worst driving experiences I’ve ever had. Tyres are decent mid range with 6mm + of tread. In fairness, I had to make a detour after ‘just’ managing to stop at the top of a steep hill and seeing the car in front slide 50 yards down the hill into a wall, so it was very slippy but the slightest incline up or down was a nightmare. I even had it in winter mode and tried every gear combo from drive to 1 😯Posted 5 years agosamuriMember
A Z4. I say it was the worst car I’ve ever driven but we didn’t actually get anywhere in it. I managed to get it off the drive but that was it.
Second worst (I wasn’t driving) was one of those huge stupid Porsche Caayennenesss. It went forwards and everything but just skated around all over the place. It just felt terribly unsafe. That journey ended with us hitting a kerb and breaking something so we had to get the blokes wife to come and collect us in her TT which was totally glued to the floor. I was glad of this because I was the one who had to get in the back ‘seat’.Posted 5 years agonickjbSubscriber
A focus hire car. On a very slight hill the traction control kicked in and it would not move. Disabled the traction control and still no movement. Got out and pushed, which was fairly easy as it was virtually flat, hoping that once it was moving it would keep going but it was having none of it. Abandoned it. Got a lift from one of the many people who had no trouble on the road and picked it up the next day.Posted 5 years agotinybitsMember
My 08 A4 avant 2.0tdi s line with bloody great 18″ semi slick garden rollers on it. Utterly appalling. I was so glad that I hit a deer with it and had a seat Ibiza courtesy car when micro bits was born 2 winters ago! At one point it wouldn’t even pull away from the slight camber on the road I live on to get around parked cars….Posted 5 years ago
In fairness, with winter tyres it would probably have been ok, but I got rid after that winter.helsMember
My Renault van was rubbish (in so many ways) but improved when I put some heavy stuff in the back over the back wheels.
By contrast my 4WD Suzuki with winter tires on the back was awesome last night driving home on rural roads at 0300 in about 6 inches of snow. Helped that I was the only car on the road tho, no numpties to navigate around.Posted 5 years ago
you had a kangoo didnt you hels ?
they are belting in snow with winter tires on.
the only thing that stops them then is snow build up under the body lifting the wheels off the ground 😀
“Anything RWD without chains/socks.”
came to work in an RWD motor this morning without socks or chains on several untreated roads….Posted 5 years agomrmoofoMember
Winter tyres helps everything – you can get a saab 9-3 through just about everything with those and snow chains.
And then you don’t recognise what a useless car it normally is!
Old 3 series BMWs – they used to fisktail at the slightest sign of snow – and going up a gear made it worse …Posted 5 years agoRoter SternMember
We have a slight uphill slope near our house and the only cars that get stuck in the snow seem to be BMWs and that is in Germany with compulsory winter tyres. Having said that tyres do make a big difference. After getting our new car which is fitted with year round tyres I certainly notice how much more unpredictable the car is in snow when compared to the old car fitted with winter tyres.Posted 5 years agoMurrayMember
Jaguar S-type 4.0 V8 Auto. The auto box was very slushy which didn’t help. Still made it home on all the backroads but I did spend 20 minutes taking run ups to a hump backed bridge until I got over it!
Seriously, modern summer (i.e. UK) tyres are rubbish. I’ve got pretty warn All Season tyres now and would far rather them then brand new standard tyres.Posted 5 years ago
“ex had one of these – driving it in any weather was interesting”
my colleagues rocking an orange ’86 plate just now….. he likes to hit the brakes as soon as it starts to slide and just spins off the road like a muppet – hedge seeking misile. more throttle , steer with the rear .Posted 5 years ago
I certainly notice how much more unpredictable the car is in snow when compared to the old car fitted with winter tyres.
I’ve been driving a lot this winter in a Focus estate with Michelin Alpins, which make it manageable. I know of a couple of people who refused to go out in a Focus when all we had was standard tyres and snow socks if you got stuck!
Winter tyres are a must if I keep the Saab for a while.Posted 5 years agoretro83Member
Surprised that people are struggling in Focuses, mine has been pretty good even on Conti summer tyres. I’ve taken it through the peak district, rural france on -10c sheet ice and never got stuck or crashed. Bit of understeer but that’s to be expected and easy to drive around.Posted 5 years ago
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