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Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

Hi all - few questions.... but some info - is our 1st winter coming up and just bought a car. Need to get new winter tyres on it. We plan to buy from Reifendirekt.ch and have found a local garage to fit them. It's a ford focus, with 14" winter rims. Recommended tyre size is 185/65 r14. We will use the car now and then (dont need to drive it to work etc), and prob for the odd ski weekend to the resorts nearby. I've read some reviews of different tyres, and am a bit confused

1) The reviews seem to break into snow, ice, wet & dry results. For general life in Zurich and the odd trip to the hills / ski resorts how important is the snow part of the review? Just wondeirng do we need a speciality snow / ice tyre, or just a good all round winter tyre?

2) Looks like tyres perform differently on different size rims / cars. For example (the tyre we were planning to get) the Goodyear UltraGrip 8. Gets recommended on the 15" ADAC review, but not on the 14" (links at bottom of post) review. Is this right?

Any answers be much appreciated!

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14" ADAC review - http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/tests...cePageId=31821

15" ADAC review - http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/tests...cePageId=31821
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Old 20.10.2011, 22:09
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Re: Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

Winter here is not winter enough to matter.

If it is, then you need 4WD anyway.

My Focus wagon is 12 years old, most years I use winter tires year round (mainly as I rarely use it when it's not winter, as I have 6 motorcycles).

Current tires are Goodyear Ultragrip something, I really can't be bothered to check, it just doesn't matter.

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Re: Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

I wouldnt go that expensive if you drive that little.
you know the "cheap" brand names are actually coming up real strong as they do the exact same thing. Ive had the name brand and the cheapo brands...im sticking to the cheap ones as they feel and act the exact same (i drive alot)
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Old 20.10.2011, 22:51
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Re: Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

In my opinion, only one accident is too much. When I buy new tyres, I always read the latest tests and buy the best I can find. I have felt the difference between different tyres while driving - maybe it also depends on the type of car.

I have four virtually new tyres for sale now as I bought a new car right after buying the new tyres for the previous one, but they won't fit your car (wrong size).
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Re: Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

My very humble opinion is, from what I have experienced anyway is ........ just ordinary "winter tyres" ... and if you are going to travel up or down very steep snow and ice laden roads for your skii-ing trips then you need chains.
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My very humble opinion is, from what I have experienced anyway is ........ just ordinary "winter tyres" ... and if you are going to travel up or down very steep snow and ice laden roads for your skii-ing trips then you need chains.
Or Hill Descent Control - the scariest/coolest gizmo on a car.
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Or Hill Descent Control - the scariest/coolest gizmo on a car.
How does that get you up a hill? (My new car has that, I must try it - thanks for the tip!)
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Re: Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

tyres ordered - will let you know how I go, but consider question answered for me
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Re: Winter Tyres - 2 questions I'm struggling to answer :)

To achieve a ranking of the tyres the testers measure how the tyre behaves under breaking and cornering with heavy snow, ice, deep water, water and dry conditions. All the factors are added together and a list of the performing winter tyres is published.

You only need to buy the tyres which are recommended and on the list. One will be slightly better in snow, another better in deep water (Aquaplaning).

Probably the most important factor is the rubber mixture. The summer tyres do not perform well in temperatures of less than 10 degrees C, and in cold weather almost any winter tyre is better than a good summer tyre.

Just remember that driving on snow and ice requires a lot of care and with gentle movements. Just because you have bought the best tyres, does not mean you can continue to accelerate hard, corner fast and break hard: you cannot!

http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/auto_...ts/reifen.html

SIZE 175 65R 14T http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/auto_...65R-14T_de.pdf

SIZE 195 65R 15T http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/auto_...65R-15T_de.pdf

http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/auto_...anzjahres.html
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