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Have had my 2016 ST -3 for almost one week. I live in Illinois and winter is coming fast around the corner.

With snow, ice and cold temperatures...is my ST really a winter drive or do I need to put it asleep in my garage until April?

Any input would be helpful!


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Have had my 2016 ST -3 for almost one week. I live in Illinois and winter is coming fast around the corner.

With snow, ice and cold temperatures...is my ST really a winter drive or do I need to put it asleep in my garage until April?

Any input would be helpful!


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Buy the right tires and you'll be fine(snow tires). Standard tires are only good to about 45°, anything lower than that and they become rock hard and you do not have any traction what so ever.
 

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I'm in Illinois too.

Winter tires are a must. Best bet is to get a set of cheap wheels and winter tires. I didn't want to deal with two sets of wheels and tires, but now that I've actually done it, I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Winter tires and a good bit of common sense will get you through winter just fine.

Even though I have what would be called a "winter beater" I still prefer driving the focus most days. Besides the creature comforts, the car really does inspire confidence in cold weather/snow driving.
 

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I didn't get a car with a heated steering wheel to garage it for the winter.

I am a big believer in snow tires, and I live on the southern border of PA.
 

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Pffft, it's going to be 70 in Illinois this week. We won't see winter until June at this rate.

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Pffft, it's going to be 70 in Illinois this week. We won't see winter until June at this rate.

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Where I live (Durban, S.Africa) the average temperature in summer ranges around 24 °C (75 °F), while in winter the average temperature is 17 °C (63 °F). It also rains in summer, winter is very dry.


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We had one day of snow in MA where I live and I washed and waxed mine the day before then put her in a coma until the end of April. Put in some fuel stabilizer and have her plugged into a CTEK battery tender for the winter to keep her fresh and charged.

I have a truck for the winter/bad weather and don't plan on ever letting snow or salt touch my ST.
 

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My ST has survived 3 Chicago winters (and 4summers too!) on Goodyear F1 Allseasons. No need to worry about unpredictable Midwest weather and switching tires in a moment's notice..
Going on 4th winter soon. Bring it on!
 

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Preparing for the inevitable here too living in western Michigan.
Having just picked up my '16 ST2 about a week and a half ago, I'm hoping the stock all seasons will be enough to get me through the winter. Is that not the case?
 

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Stop over thinking this and get a dedicated set of winter tires and wheels, this is how we all start as we get wiser you realize it more and more.
 
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Preparing for the inevitable here too living in western Michigan.
Having just picked up my '16 ST2 about a week and a half ago, I'm hoping the stock all seasons will be enough to get me through the winter. Is that not the case?
The All seasons(PSS?) that come with the ST are fine. Some people opted for the 'Summer only' tires, and those are useless below 45*F.
My '13 ST didn't have that option, and I purchased the all season version F1 then sold the Summer only F1's it came with.
 

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Possible snow forecast this coming Sunday. Oh no.

First PA winter with this car...please don't be like last winter.
 

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The All seasons(PSS?) that come with the ST are fine. Some people opted for the 'Summer only' tires, and those are useless below 45*F.
My '13 ST didn't have that option, and I purchased the all season version F1 then sold the Summer only F1's it came with.
The all season option is not a summer only tire like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport but rather the Pirelli P-Zero Nero all season tire.
 

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The All seasons(PSS?) that come with the ST are fine. Some people opted for the 'Summer only' tires, and those are useless below 45*F.
My '13 ST didn't have that option, and I purchased the all season version F1 then sold the Summer only F1's it came with.
Useless is a bit much. I have no issues with my summer tires down to about 32. Then it gets a bit interesting.

Sounds like wintery mix this weekend, might have to throw the Blizzaks on.

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Winter Set

Milkeyway,
I ran into this last year after purchasing my 2016 ST in Novemner. I'm in Ohio! Driving on first snow last year with the factory F1s was fun to say the least. Especially coming from driving 2 older GrandCherokees for the past 13 years. I then immediately removed the F1s and remounted them on a set of Advant Gardes for summer months and installed a set of Nokian 235/40R18 WRG3s on the factory wheels for winter. Discount Tire priced matched and ordered them within a week. They were like in the $850 ballpark. These fixed the slip and slide issues and can still be driven in the warmer transition months. I just remounted the winter set on Sunday. Here is a photo of both Summer and winter sets. These Nokians stay very pliable in the cold temps and worked very well in the minimal snow we had last year. Hope this helps. Check out their website. Worht the $ in my opinion.
 

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