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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-01-2018, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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How does it do in the winter

Just bought a 2008 G8 GT and i live in Michigan. Just wondering how it does in the winter

The tires are all seasons
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-01-2018, 09:39 PM
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I'm in NJ and all-season tires will suite me just fine this winter.

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Yea. It depends on how bad it gets. I'm in buffalo NY and everyone ran blizzaks with good results but all seasons where a no go

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Living here in new jersey i've owned my g8 since august of 2008 gone through many winter's always had all season tire's with no issue's,i only buy my tire's from tire rack they test a wide variety of tire's so you make make the best choice that fits your need

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^^^^Jeez, that must be nice....I can only dream of that set up.
I have 245/45/18 Blizzaks on my G8, has gone thru everything throw at it so far.
And we probably don't get the snow you get in Michigan either.
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Yeah I’ve heard the blizzaks are the way to go for winter tires. Thinking about getting some
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Yeah I’ve heard the blizzaks are the way to go for winter tires. Thinking about getting some
When I lived in Michigan, I had steelies with blizzaks and it was perfect. I'd strongly advise doing that. Of course you can be careful and be fine with good all-seasons, but proper winter tires will let you really have some fun. Plus, you can offset the upfront cost knowing that in the long run it doesn't matter since you are prolonging your all-seasons. You just don't want to run blizzaks in the warm (above 60F or so) since they will get super greasy

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All seasons with some decent tread depth will get you through... but not that safely. I ran mine 1 season without snow tires then went to Blizzaks. I have never been stuck or lost confidence with the winter tires, they truly are amazing.

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Depends on the all seasons. The garbage Eagle F1s I have on mine (PO put them on) are absolutely useless on flat ground with snow. But I have a winter beater with snow tires on it anyway.
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Probably not the best car for snow but the lsd might help with some decent snow tires. Of course I live in the south so I'm no expert.
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While I haven't driven in snow with my G8, having a separate set of winter tires will make a big difference, as the tire rubber is especially designed for colder temps. Used to drive a ~300HP RWD Hyundai Genesis coupe with winter tires to the mountains for snow sports, handled much better than Subaru's with all season tires.

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Pretty much a must up here in Niagara. I use Michelin Primacy Alpin performance winter tires.
Quite happy with them.
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Or buy a cheap Subaru and put winter tires on it for a daily/winter beater. I daily a RAV4 that I put Blizzacks on for the winter.
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Got a rust free Chevy Cavalier for 1500$. Almost the price of a good set of winter tires. Don't drive your GT in the winter. Please.

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Got stuck driving through some heavy snow in Pennsylvania last winter. Michelin all seasons. Scared the hell out of me. Never again lol.

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It's an awesome winter car: I have Hankook winter tires on it. They are not Blizzaks. I have owned many brands of winter tires and while Blizzaks are great, they are not the only good tires out there. Nokians are good too, but the tread doesn't handle well on dry pavement. I like the blend of dry and wet performance of the Hankook: the road is not always snow covered and icy.

I drove my GT part of the last winter on all season tires, but there were days I was not as confident and wanted better stopping power. I drove pretty easy on those days or took the truck.

I live in Alberta, Canada. Yes we get real winter here. And the G8 is damn good in the snow for a RWD vehicle. Very well balanced and it hooks up decently well. Until I turn ESC off and hang the tail out like I did today several times.

Oh and I do feel guilty about driving a GT in the winter. But it is a DD. The GXP stays put in the garage unless the roads are clear and I want to stretch her legs a bit and get some fresh gas into her.
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For the people in the North East and Canada we know that driving in the snow doesn't start to become a challenge unless we get more than a foot of snow. Anything less is a non event.
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guy from buffalo/rochester ny here.

bought my g8 brand new in 09. changed the all seasons to winter blizzaks and that thing was an absolute tank. I was getting through areas that suv's were having trouble. the car is 50/50 weight with good traction control logic.

all that said, the clearance is **** and the paint is ****. So i'd really recommend a beater if you can swing it. Your Australian made car really doesn't like the effect of the snow. But if that's not a concern, overall she handles really well with snow tires. never tried all seasons.

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guy from buffalo/rochester ny here.

bought my g8 brand new in 09. changed the all seasons to winter blizzaks and that thing was an absolute tank. I was getting through areas that suv's were having trouble. the car is 50/50 weight with good traction control logic.

all that said, the clearance is **** and the paint is ****. So i'd really recommend a beater if you can swing it. Your Australian made car really doesn't like the effect of the snow. But if that's not a concern, overall she handles really well with snow tires. never tried all seasons.
The bumper is a big plastic shovel. I definitely have to watch out for those big frozen chunks that fall off vehicles as they drive. I will probably be more concerned once I get the front bumper crack repaired and pretty up the front end with some new paint, but since it is broken already........ less worried.
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