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Snow Tires, which one to buy?

Looking at snow tires. They are going on your average mid-sized front wheel drive sedan. Lots of winter tire rebates going on right now. Here's what I am looking at:
1. Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
2. Dunlop Winter Maxx WM02
3. Firestone Winterforce 2
4. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Right now I'm leaning towards getting the Winterforce 2. Since Bridgestone owns Firestone a lot of good stuff goes into the Winterforce 2 and I don't have to pay Blizzak pricing.

What would you get and why?

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Looking at snow tires. They are going on your average mid-sized front wheel drive sedan. Lots of winter tire rebates going on right now. Here's what I looking at:
1. Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
2. Dunlop Winter Maxx WM02
3. Firestone Winterforce 2
4. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Right now I'm leaning towards getting the Winterforce 2. Since Bridgestone owns Firestone a lot of good stuff goes into the Winterforce 2 and I don't have to pay Blizzak pricing.

What would you get and why?
whichever is cheaper
all about the same
most front wheel drive cars dont need snow tires
you have to put them on all 4 wheels when its front wheel drive
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most front wheel drive cars dont need snow tires

I used to think that, but depending on where you live, snow tires can make a huge difference,. I was very surprised with the difference that it made.
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I have had very good luck with the Blizzak’s and the Michelin Xi3’s (I made a little YouTube vid on my Xi3’s). Generally the Michelin’s and the Blizzaks are very highly rated and have been consistent over the years. In the November ‘18 issue of CR they rate the Michelin’s better than the Blizzak’s and they are usually a little cheaper than the Blizzak’s. Nokian’s are also very good but pricey and likely no better than the Michelin’s. As you probably know these are intended to be purchased in sets of 4 for max traction and safety. Good luck!

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Looking at snow tires. They are going on your average mid-sized front wheel drive sedan.

Had Bibendum's Xi3s on a previous Minihauler. Running GY Ultra Grip Ice on the current Minihauler. Both brands have proven their worth in the six to seven months of frozen **** we get in these parts.
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I had the Blizzaks on a fwd sedan and it climbed right up a steep icy driveway one December. I also have big Blizzaks on the rwd truck and have not been stuck in the snow yet with limited driving. I did have some problems with the Blizzaks on the truck because they did not balance easily on the roadforce balancer. They put the "yellow" balanced tires on the rear (could not get them to green) and the "green" ones on the front. But it did take a return visit and I realized that buying from an online tire company was not the best idea.

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After my oil change at the dealership today I'm leaning towards the Michelin's. My service adviser who is also a family friend says Michelin has the best warranty and that it's a toss up between those and the Blizzak. Although he does say the Blizzak has quite a loyal following. He also told me not to get the TPMS put on because it's a costly hassle to change over the summer-winter tires. The Michelin's are offering a rebate, hmmm.......

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If you can buy Nokkian snow tires locally I would buy for of them based on my personal experience as I used them for 10 winters and I could not install them on the new truck I had sadly.
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If you can buy Nokkian snow tires locally I would buy for of them based on my personal experience as I used them for 10 winters and I could not install them on the new truck I had sadly.
I can buy the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 locally but they would have to be ordered. In my size they are about $135.00 ea.
I guess if I did a ton of snowy driving the R2's would be my tippy top pick. But alas I do have a budget.

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whichever is cheaper
all about the same
most front wheel drive cars dont need snow tires
you have to put them on all 4 wheels when its front wheel drive
why do you have to put them on all four wheels?.....and I disagree that front wheel drive doesn't need snow tires.....they need them less, but they certainly help...this is from a guy stuck in New Hampshire in a Camry trying to climb a slippery hill without snow tires.
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