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Old 12-02-2008, 10:15 PM   #19
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Well, I can't add much more than Matt did already since we live so close we had the same amount of snow. I have NOT dropped my car and ran it in the 85+ inches of snow on the factory tires and felt like I slid around less than I saw other cars sliding. I never landed in a ditch or into the curb. If you drive sensibly.....you should be fine.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:17 PM   #20
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do the winter months kill your paint job???
not really, no. its more the leftover grit in spring that kills the paint job (especially with this shite, wafer thin toyota paint)

out west in alberta, however, they use small pea gravel on the roads. the crap will fvck your sh!t up.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:17 PM   #21
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Well, after some of the melted snow turned to ice, I had a bit of trouble navigating anywhere. I mean, it wasn't that much ice, just patches, but it made for driving to be a bit of a hassle. Perhaps it's because the car's a manual and it's been lowered, but... idk. Otherwise, it's doing very well.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:19 PM   #22
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I prefer having manual trasmission in the winter. I think it's easier to control the car with it.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:22 PM   #23
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:40 PM   #24
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I would rather have a FWD when there is light snow and black ice. I lost control once or twice with a RWD on ice.
Or I'd rather be running AWD.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:50 PM   #25
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The first week I had my car, we had a freak snow storm one day. It only dumped 6 inches but I had no problem driving my 60 mile commute before the snow plows got to the road.
Stock tires at the time too.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:51 PM   #26
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with studded snows all around your YARIS will perform fine . Still suggest that you drive according to the conditions with the snows .
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:56 AM   #27
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When it's snowing out side, the Yaris tend to act a little weird. It gets nervous on the take off. The front tires will easily loose traction when accelerating and the steering gets light and shakes a bit when you're going over packed/uneven snow. Also, a little play in the wheels (caused from the snow) tend to be amplified in the cabin. Not very reassuring at all!

But, if you look past all that (especially if you're a crazed speed demon) this little puppy will take whatever you can through at it and still hold it's chosen line or dance when you want it to. Once it's on the go, rear end stability, ability to rotate around sharp turn and braking is among the best.

Given an already good formula, it can only get better with with an extra set of driving wheels that's hooked up to a Hybrid system. There's some sporty Hybrid car in the Horizon (Honda CRZ and Prius Coupe). Given Yaris's formula, i'd expect an uphill battle for Honda.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:59 AM   #28
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i plan to head out to the nearest huge parking lot on the first big snow and try to beat the plow trucks so the wife and i can have a little fun in the snow to understand the winter handling of the car a little bit... nothing helps reassure your winter driving skills like knowing how the car drifts :)
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:03 AM   #29
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It all depends on your tires.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:54 AM   #30
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i plan to head out to the nearest huge parking lot on the first big snow and try to beat the plow trucks so the wife and i can have a little fun in the snow to understand the winter handling of the car a little bit... nothing helps reassure your winter driving skills like knowing how the car drifts :)
watch for hidden curbs then.....AND BE SAFE!!!
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:57 AM   #31
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for sure.. i'll head out back near the loading side of the building they never have curbs there.. all nice and open for the trucks :) and usually well lit too
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:44 AM   #32
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Great. I've driven on four inches of virgin snow up to 55 miles an hour. Rode like it was on rails.

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Old 12-03-2008, 07:47 AM   #33
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My sedan has the Goodyear (all-season, in Mexico) tires and it's absolutely frightning on even a 1/4" of snow. I struggled to complete my 50 kl commute last Monday afternoon when we got our first blast.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:03 AM   #34
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Well the jury is out....... I'm waiting to get caught in my first real storm out on the road. I have the blizzaks on all 4 corners........ just waiting to pass judgement.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:09 AM   #35
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I put nokian rSI's on since day one and the car handles great in the snow. Toronto had record snowfalls last year and I had zero problems in it. I was even pulling away from SUV's at stoplights. They probably had all seasons on.

Once last year and another time this year I saw cars unable to make it out of our apartments underground garage. This year, I saw a Jeep slide down the ramp after spinning it's tires. The Yaris went up no problem, no slipping, nothing. I'm sure a lot of this has to do with the tires and some with the Yaris.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:14 AM   #36
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On ice no vehicle with round rubber tires does well . . . cold rubber + ice = very little traction. Snow is a different matter. Winter specific tires will obviously do better in snowy conditions.
I've had quite a bit of experience driving on both ice and snow - the Yaris does a good job in both conditions.

On a side note, if driving in adverse winter conditions scares you, do the rest of us a favor and don't drive. If you must drive, PLEASE do NOT take the interstate and travel at 20 MPH - you're a cause waiting to have an accident.
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