so how does the vibe handle ontario winters? without winter tires?

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so how does the vibe handle ontario winters? without winter tires?

Postby 92blacktt » Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:04 pm

i just picked up a vibe to drive for the winter, wondering how it handles in our winters. Do I really need winter tires?

I did pretty well with RWD cars in the winter with a nice set of winter tires, but when I first started driving, I was using FWD hondas in the winter with just all seasons and those cars did just fine without winters.


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Re: so how does the vibe handle ontario winters? without winter tires? (92blacktt)

Postby jkm311 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:35 pm

Michigan isn't Ontario, but I swear by my Bridgestone Blizzaks. This will be my third winter with them, and I couldn't be happier. Night and day difference in bad conditions. Especially since I am comparing them to the first 2 winters when I was driving on the original from-the-factory Goodyear RS-As. Ugh.

The weather pros are anticipating a baaad winter for Chicagoland and the rest of the Great Lakes. I will be ready.


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Re: so how does the vibe handle ontario winters? without winter tires? (92blacktt)

Postby Zimm » Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:39 pm

i too am just north and west of you, and had no problems on regular tires the past 2 years-and i have the horrible stock goodyear RSA's. i can only imagine how great life would be with even an average quality all season tire. fwiw, i do a fair amount of city driving, but commute several times a week to northern oakland county.
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Postby Gekko » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:39 pm

vibes in the winter can be a bit to handle. I drive mine here in Ottawa. she is rev happy so it does not take much to break the drive wheels loose. to slip in the turns when not rolling on winter tires. I recommend Winters. They are a huge improvment over the A/S.
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Postby Beer Belly » Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:01 am

I frequently travel around north of Toronto, i'm from Tottenham (not far from Orangeville). My Vibe handled like s**t the first winter I had it. The wind had me all over the road. I bought winter tires the next winter and it's been a lot better since!!! These cars are very light.

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Postby 92blacktt » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:10 am

Sounds like I will need winter tires

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Postby chevelle_lover » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:36 pm

Honestly, on the factory Goodyear it was terrible. My street is a side street and it does not get cleared very often. Got stuck a few times and got pissed off so I went to summer and winter tires and never looked back for this car. All of my other cars handled better in the snow but then again they were all either big heavy cars or trucks.
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Postby Beer Belly » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:48 am

I would say it's a good idea, even my old sunfire handled the snow better than the vibe on all seasons. I'm glad I invested in the winter tires.

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Postby clownshoes » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:10 pm

I have an AWD vibe and it drives like an RWD. Same feeling, but then again I had garbage tires on the rear. Full snows this year. I'll keep you updated.
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Re: (clownshoes)

Postby metaxa44 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:53 pm

Mine is fine in the snow...
I travel from Markham to Northyork everyday...

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Postby bull77 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:23 pm

if you mainly drive in the GTA, keep the all seasons. Once you travel outside on the 400 series or further, I'd look at a set of winters.

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Postby snowvibe » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:46 am

I agree with Clownshoes. We bought our AWD Vibe last year and used all seasons on it and would literally fishtail in the turns. Bought some snows this year and will post the results after the first major snowfall also.


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