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Larry Trutter
posted December 20, 1999 08:05 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I have a '97 Mustang (standard base) for a while. The wheels currently on it are Eagle GA. The Eagle GA tires are probably bad; sometimes I get out of a car wash and the wheels would spin! I did not press the accelerator that hard and that upsets me.

Is it a good idea to get snow tires for the Mustang? (yes, I have some difficulties with that car in the snow/ice) Or is it's rear-wheel drive limitation negates the benefits of snow tires? (I have a sand bag in the trunk, didn't seem to help too much; must be the poor traction from Eagle GA?)

Any opinions or advice on this would be greatly appreciated!

Larry Trutter

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posted December 21, 1999 08:40 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Definately not a lost cause. The GA's are a touring tire with poor wet and snow performance: check out www.tirerack.com for the customer survey data. FWD cars may get away with them because the weight is on the driving wheels. For your 'stang however the situation is quite different. I would recommend you buy a set (of 4) snow tires for your winter driving. Or perhaps if you don't see a lot of snow etc. invest in a better performning all season tire. With a set of good winter tires, no doubt you will see vastly improved traction.

p.s. in the winter, keep the sandbag in the trunk

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posted December 23, 1999 03:52 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hey Larry,
I would love to have a Mustang.... But the ZX2 of mine is great and fun. If you are thinking of snow tires, the November issue of Comsumer report indicates the #1 tire is Michelin Artic Alpines and close in second #2 Good Year Ultra Grip Ice.

If you are thinking of buying it next week (and living in Canada), the Michelin are going on sale at Canadian Tires. I would also suggest getting standard black rims so your alloys doesn't get the punishement of salt. In the long run, it will be cheaper because you can change the tire yourself and no pain of getting them balanced.


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