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Old 12-08-2012, 02:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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When I lived in snowy country I kept a cheap fwd car. I loved dodge k cars for just that. Never once got stranded in northern pa.

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K-car? Wow I had one of them, a 1981 (first year) Plymouth Reliant, 4-door, 4-on-the-floor, 2.2L 4-banger. Worst car I ever owned! Dumped it for a 1987 Mustang coupe 4-speed, 4-banger, RWD, and had zero snow storm issues through some of the worst snow and ice years here in the early-90s.
We live on a street that requires us to ascend/descend a large hill to come home or go anywhere.
My first experience with it in snow was to descend the hill. I put it in second gear to help hold it back on the hill when the front wheels lost traction and steering with it! Talk about hairy. I quickly learned not to do that with a front wheel drive but to be prepared to use the e-brake (not simple feat what with it being the 4-th pedal type).
On another occasion my wife was ascending the hill in a snow storm on the way home from the supermarket. She was overdue to have been home so I shouted for her on the CB radio (this was before cell phones). She answered right back. She was stuck in the middle of the hill 1&1/2 blocks from our house. I dressed for the weather and walked to her. I slid across the front seat (yup, bench seat) from the passenger side and put my left foot on the brake so she could get out of the car without it moving. I got the car about 45-degrees across the hill when a neighbor came by. I had him push the front end of the car around to get the front end pointing downhill. I managed to get off the steepest part of the hill and parked in a church lot, and walked home. In the meantime my daughter was due to come home in her 1973 VW Beetle. I told her to not try the hill but to park in the same lot. I then went back with my son's Jeep Wrangler to retrieve the groceries and my daughter.
These days if snow is in the forecast we just get home early or stay home until the streets are plowed and treated. Just ain't worth going out.
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K-car? Wow I had one of them, a 1981 (first year) Plymouth Reliant, 4-door, 4-on-the-floor, 2.2L 4-banger. Worst car I ever owned! Dumped it for a 1987 Mustang coupe 4-speed, 4-banger, RWD, and had zero snow storm issues through some of the worst snow and ice years here in the early-90s.
We live on a street that requires us to ascend/descend a large hill to come home or go anywhere.
My first experience with it in snow was to descend the hill. I put it in second gear to help hold it back on the hill when the front wheels lost traction and steering with it! Talk about hairy. I quickly learned not to do that with a front wheel drive but to be prepared to use the e-brake (not simple feat what with it being the 4-th pedal type).
On another occasion my wife was ascending the hill in a snow storm on the way home from the supermarket. She was overdue to have been home so I shouted for her on the CB radio (this was before cell phones). She answered right back. She was stuck in the middle of the hill 1&1/2 blocks from our house. I dressed for the weather and walked to her. I slid across the front seat (yup, bench seat) from the passenger side and put my left foot on the brake so she could get out of the car without it moving. I got the car about 45-degrees across the hill when a neighbor came by. I had him push the front end of the car around to get the front end pointing downhill. I managed to get off the steepest part of the hill and parked in a church lot, and walked home. In the meantime my daughter was due to come home in her 1973 VW Beetle. I told her to not try the hill but to park in the same lot. I then went back with my son's Jeep Wrangler to retrieve the groceries and my daughter.
These days if snow is in the forecast we just get home early or stay home until the streets are plowed and treated. Just ain't worth going out.
I moved to Atlanta lol. I use summer tires year round now.


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Don't get upset but the 300C is pants in the snow. As alot of people on here have said leave your baby at home and get the bus !! I have the 20" SRT wheels and got a pair of snow socks just to use in a 'get me home and leave me on the drive' emergency. They cost around 60 but will probably only last a couple of times due to the weight of the car. Used them last time it snowed and although I didn't go that far before hitting a road that had been cleared they did what they said on the tin.
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i have a spare set of srt8 wheels and good winter tyres ready, will it make it any better??? ill have to wait and see
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Don't get upset but the 300C is pants in the snow. As alot of people on here have said leave your baby at home and get the bus !! I have the 20" SRT wheels and got a pair of snow socks just to use in a 'get me home and leave me on the drive' emergency. They cost around 60 but will probably only last a couple of times due to the weight of the car. Used them last time it snowed and although I didn't go that far before hitting a road that had been cleared they did what they said on the tin.
Thats good to know, I bought some snow socks ages ago and haven't had to use them yet
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Don't get upset but the 300C is pants in the snow. As alot of people on here have said leave your baby at home and get the bus !! I have the 20" SRT wheels and got a pair of snow socks just to use in a 'get me home and leave me on the drive' emergency. They cost around 60 but will probably only last a couple of times due to the weight of the car. Used them last time it snowed and although I didn't go that far before hitting a road that had been cleared they did what they said on the tin.
With a full boot mine is ok. What tyres have you got?
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