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A few months ago, we picked up a mint 2015 LX 4WD, trailer towing, w/ 64.5K on it!
It has always spent it's winters in AZ- some snow birds owned it.
Tonight, we got over 2.5" in 3 hrs.
I went to pick my son up at his friends house about 4 miles away.

We had a real 4x4, a 2003 Explorer, low mileage, but a rust bucket underneath. Sold it.

My first time having the VTM4 on the snowy, unplowed roads. It was only 2-3", but still.

It has some OK all season radials on it too!

This thing was like a dream on the snow!
I punched it from a stop, sure the VSA did it's thing, but it still took off way quicker than my 08 FWD would have. stopped well, cornered well.
Cruised the 40mph speed limit with ease on the snowy road, etc.

Win win.

Now I know I Don't have to rush out and get some 'snow tires' for it. It handles well/fine with these Synergy tires on it. Hankook? IIRC?
 

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Snow?
Lol, I got the Air Conditioner on.
 

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It's nice to feel what VTM can do to get you going in the snow, isn't it?

Just remember you've got to stop, too. And black ice can be worse than snow.

Enjoy, and the Pilot really is a treat in the winter, but stay safe.
 

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We'll remember that the next time you recommend your favorite tire to someone looking for good performance in snow.
Do you not remember the guy with the Pilot in North Dakota that got swiped by a truck? What tires was he riding on?
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Zooming in a lotm I can read Sumitomo on the top left corner of the tire (which has come apart near the bottom). What's the moral of this story?

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Well we got 5-6".
Got out my 2 stage snow blower, and in minutes, the double driveway, by the mailbox, and the walk were clear!

This is thru my outer glass front door:



Now I have to take my FWD Pilot to swim practice, then to work!
 
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I don't know much about WI, but I feel like you guys get enough snow investing in winter tires is still worth doing. I live in MD, some years we get 6" all year others we get over 12" by Christmas and have had some years with 50+ total. I don't think we need snow tires in this region, they do a good job of clearing the main roads quickly and I just stay off the roads for a day or two because people around here don't know how to drive in it.
 
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OK,
See that picture there?
I backed out in our 08 FWD onto the Cul de sac that had not been plowed yet.
Got stuck- kinda
They plow the culdesac later in the morning. It was at least 6" of fresh, heavy snow.
I stayed in the car, and hit the VSA button, turning that silly system off- like it says to do in the OM.
Had to spin the tires a bunch- it got right out with a few forwards/reverses.
I was able to do 65-70 on the highway to work. It was melted/plowed, and just wet.

As soon as I left my neighborhood- the main streets had been plowed, and driven on already.

No need for a different set of tires for way less than 1% of my trip.
My 08 FWD currently has a good set of General Grabber HTS60 on it.
 
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Zooming in a lotm I can read Sumitomo on the top left corner of the tire (which has come apart near the bottom). What's the moral of this story?

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Tire was popped because the former Piloteer was side swiped, according to him "a huge truck".
Correction: Accident in Wyoming, owner in Montana.
Original story...
 
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Tire was popped because the former Piloteer was side swiped, according to him "a huge truck".
Correction: Accident in Wyoming, owner in Montana.
Original story...
Sounds like a MSM story.

The tire popped under the severe stress of turning on a gravel road while doing 75+ Mph.
I'll bet what really happened was he was trying to 4 wheel it on that drit/gravel road, got sideways and hit that truck that was also on the road LOL

Sorry NG, I couldn't resist. You know I luv ya

Now get off my lawn!
 
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Ya, sorry to hijack your thread.
Nice snow photo. ☃
I hope you realize the 'now get off my lawn' was in jest.
No problem with you or anyone posting on one of my threads.
 
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Well we got 5-6".
Got out my 2 stage snow blower, and in minutes, the double driveway, by the mailbox, and the walk were clear!

This is thru my outer glass front door:

We had a foot and a half of snow for Christmas.
A few years ago I cleared snow that was three feet deep with a single-stage Toro.
 

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We had a foot and a half of snow for Christmas.
A few years ago I cleared snow that was three feet deep with a single-stage Toro.
I'll be mowing the grass this afternoon.
 
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We had a foot and a half for Christmas.
A few years ago I cleared snow that was three feet deep with a single-stage Toro.
Single stage?

When we moved from TX 11 yrs ago, the home owner we bought from mentioned 'Oh, I'll throw in the Snow thrower/blower too'. I thought, OK- not knowing the first thing about them!

Turns out, he left an 8HP, 2 stage, 24" wide snow blower. 6 forward speeds, 3 in reverse, etrc.

This thing is still AWESOME! Slays the bid snow storms NP.
 
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