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Author Topic: My 2012 Nox 2.4L front drive sucks in the snow  (Read 3155 times)
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« on: December 12, 2016, 01:01:24 AM »

I need new tires but I've always been disappointed with the handling.  I'm thinking it's because my other vehicles weighed more.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2016, 04:38:49 AM »

Hmm. . .  We had our 2015 Equinox with the OEM tires out in the boonies of N.Wisconsin and it seemed to do fine in the icy sleet and snow. I drove it on both back roads and unplowed paved higway and it negotiated the slippery stuff pretty well.  I wouldn't say that I could "hot rod" around corners, but the FWD with Stabilitrac seemed to work well.

I even experimented with how much accelerator I could apply to make the Stabilitrac engage.  

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2016, 05:50:18 AM »

I need new tires but I've always been disappointed with the handling.  I'm thinking it's because my other vehicles weighed more.

What vehicle are you comparing your Equinox with ?
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2016, 05:54:23 AM »

i have a 2012 fwd equinox with 4 snow tires on it and it goes really good.
not as good as my wifes awd with 4 snow tires..........

the tires do make the difference
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2016, 09:16:11 AM »

I went AWD for some pretty specific reasons, however I can add that tires make all the difference. My prior car was a 2004 Grand Prix. When my tires were new, it was like they they just chewed through the snow on the open roads and in town. I don't know what your comparison is, but the Equinox is easily 1000 lbs more than my Grand Prix was. Weight helps, but I suspect it's not the issue you are experiencing.
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2016, 11:12:43 AM »

One of the major tire retailers here in Western Canada posted a pretty conclusive test of how the 3 various types of tires perform in winter conditions. By far the worst ones are the so-called 'all-season', which should really be called '3-season'. In their testing in winter conditions brand new 3-season tires were out-performed by 75% worn winter tires, that's pretty telling.

Here are the test results.
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2016, 11:26:49 AM »

My O6 Nox AWD handled great in the snow with my old tires. Got new tires and they are terrible in the snow.

TIRES    make a world of difference.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2016, 01:43:28 PM »

My 2012 Terrain with Winter Tires is fantastic in the snow.

Tires make ALL the difference.  If you have to drive in snow for a significant amount of miles per year, go buy snow tires.  If you keep the vehicle for 5 years, they will be effectively free in the end because you will extend the life of your factory all seasons (at least that is they way I justify it).
Besides you can't put a price on the safety of yourself and everyone around you.


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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2016, 02:46:20 PM »

What vehicle are you comparing your Equinox with ?

SO yea...I had a 4wd TrailBlazer.  Can't compare snow handling with that.  I guess it's mostly my tires then.  I'm late getting new ones.  Now's the time.
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2016, 04:11:58 PM »

SO yea...I had a 4wd TrailBlazer.  Can't compare snow handling with that.  I guess it's mostly my tires then.  I'm late getting new ones.  Now's the time.

Then it is probably a combination of less weight, worse tires, and as I recall, the Trailblazer was on a truck chassis, so it probably had a better AWD system then that used on the Equinox.
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2016, 05:17:02 PM »

SO yea...I had a 4wd TrailBlazer.  Can't compare snow handling with that.  I guess it's mostly my tires then.  I'm late getting new ones.  Now's the time.

So then. . .  did new tires help in the snow? 

Wondering what kind you decided on. Hope all is well?
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2016, 05:02:20 PM »

SO I had an appointment with a local Mr. Tire dealer today.  Was supposed to have 4 https://www.yokohamatire.com/tires/detail/avid_touring_s AVID S33s for me.  Made the appointment yesterday for 2pm today.  Of course upon arrival someone screwed up at the warehouse and never shipped the tires.  So he offers me a deal on 4 Yokohama Tournantes [url=https://www.yokohamatire.com/tires?search=name&tire_name=Tornante]https://www.yokohamatire.com/tires?search=name&tire_name=Tornante[/url].  The Tournantes are a higher mile tire and about $40 more per tire.  He honored the AVID price, $139 each and I get a $60 rebate so it's all good.

Haven't driven in the snow.  The ride and noise is noticably less than the Destinations but that's been my experience with all brand new tires.  We'll see how they do in the snow.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2017, 04:40:28 PM »

First drive in the snow...tires made all the difference.
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2017, 05:43:23 PM »

First drive in the snow...tires made all the difference.

So those are good All Season tires for snow use then.  Thanks. .. good to know!
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