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posted January 07, 2002 07:19 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hi everyone,
Could someone please recommend the best handling, most quiet and excellent adhesion on snow for a nissan altima SE 2002?

I'm planning on going for 15` michelin arctic alpin because the 17` tires are so expansive.

Thanks in advance for any kind of help.

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posted January 07, 2002 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ron516   Click Here to Email ron516     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I just did this search for winter tires for my 01 malibu ls, I decided on Dunlop SP Sport A2's to provide a combination of dry and wet handling along with some snow and slush traction. I have driven on them now for two weeks and 600 miles, I am suprised at how well the wet and mainly the dry traction and cornering is. The Arctic Alpins will provide better severe weather traction but hard core winter tires are usually not very good dry handling tires, and after doing some research I am glad that I went with the Dunlops.

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posted January 07, 2002 10:04 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
No, I don't think the Michelins are the ones - rather something with a real tread. I run the Nokia(n)s - an exellent winter tire. The new Toyo tires look very intreresting, as they seem like they provide good channeling for slash and water. Good Year also came out last winter with a well designed winter tire. More or less look for something which will pattern that gets rid off water nad slash as well as having a lot of small sips - deep ones so the tire will behave well on ice and last for sometime.
The Nokians Hakka 1 seem to take at least 3-4 winters. Not cheap, but as I say always say cheap is usually expensive in the long run. One more thing; the width should be one or two sizes smaller than your regular tires eg. 175/70 winters for 195/60 all seasons.

Good Luck - hope this helps.

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posted January 08, 2002 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ben   Click Here to Email ben     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I have experience(city drive) with both Toyo Garit HT(205/55/16 on 00 Impreza) & Hakaa 1(no studs, 205/65/15 on 96 Maxima)tires last winter:
Both tires perform well in sonw, but I feel Hakka 1 is better in Acceleration/Braking/Handling (BUT you have to bear the noise) in regular snow & dry. Although I think Garit HT might do better on really heavy snow & on ice.
The ride comfort and noise level of Garit HT is even better than stock RE92, that's what Hakka 1 cann't catch with. I just do not like the softer feeling & longer stopping distance (but very stable) on dry pavement than 1's.
I like both tires, Hakka 1's will last longer than HT. I would suggest HT to Altima for the comfort.(re: These are true winter tires, if you do not expect too much snow in your region, you may consider Nokia's NRW)


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