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    Driving WRX in the snow

    I pick up my 2002 Subaru WRX after work today. I live in the Lehigh Valley in PA and I am wondering is people could give me there experience with the Subaru WRX in the snow. How well is it and about how much snow will it get through. Do you recommend getting snow tires or running with the 17" all season that are on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by legend83 View Post
    I pick up my 2002 Subaru WRX after work today. I live in the Lehigh Valley in PA and I am wondering is people could give me there experience with the Subaru WRX in the snow. How well is it and about how much snow will it get through. Do you recommend getting snow tires or running with the 17" all season that are on it.


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    if you have aftermarket 17" rims and tires then you best bet is going to be a set of rims and snow tires for winter.

    With snow tires the only thing that is going to stop you is getting into snow that is too deep.

    Standard note- AWD does not help you stop/ turn in the snow/ ice. Don't drive like a maniac.
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    OK thanks for the input. The car has the 17" BBS wheels on it. I was thinking it would be a good idea to get some steel 16" wheels with snow tires but wasn't sure that with the awd system that the car would do just fine in the snow with the 17" all-seasons.


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    I have a set of 16 inch 98 rs wheels with winter tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by lytlec View Post
    I have a set of 16 inch 98 rs wheels with winter tires
    Are those 16x7? I had heard that the pre-2000 RS wheels cleared Subaru 4-pots...
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    I run a set of both summer and then winter tires/rims.

    The AWD WRX is simply amazing w/ a good set of snow/winter tires. They're not just for snow, they work great anytime the weather is below 45.

    If you can afford it, go this route, you won't be disappointed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Are those 16x7? I had heard that the pre-2000 RS wheels cleared Subaru 4-pots...
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    I myself run all seasons with them a little more toward the summer side.. But I don't get alot of snow in seattle.. I am an avid snowboarder and drive up the pass every week though and they work pretty well with the wrx awd.. I've only gotten stuck once and it was because the snow was to high =P

    But like it was said previous.. Don't be dunn driving.. Accelerate slower and slow down sooner.. Downshift if you are in a manual and don't make sudden turns...

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    in general how much is too much snow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadS99SVT View Post
    in general how much is too much snow?
    If the snow is higher than the amount of clearance your car has, then it's too much
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    If the snow is higher than the amount of clearance your car has, then it's too much
    that's to easy....I guess I will have to wait until I get my WRX and measure

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    I had zero issues with snow, but I use straight winter tires (Hankook iPike) in the winter.

    Last February, I was the only one in my department that made it in to work (through twisty, hilly back roads) after 'Snowmageddon'. Of the other 2, one has an SUV and the other lives less than 1/2 mile from the office.

    But, yeah, Zax is right. If your tires aren't reaching the ground anyway, it won't really matter what kind they are.
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    I have an 09 and even like 4 inches gave me trouble with the stock summer tires. I got Dunlop winter sports and after "Snowmaggedon" or "Snowpocalyspe" (i dont remember which) I was driving home from a friends (maybe a mile) and the snow was higher than my bumper, and I was tested the handling at slower speeds, couple jerks of the wheel back and forth, couple quick break checks...I couldve sworn it was a 80 degree dry summer day
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    As others have said...get a set of winter tires if you drive in a lot of snow and if getting to work (or play) is very important. All seasons are a good compromise if your winters are less severe.

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