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#1 OFFLINE   NOBLEwolf

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:31 AM

is there anyone out there that has some drive-time with your FLEX in the snow...specifically in AWD without WINTER TIRES...

#2 OFFLINE   trefko

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:50 PM

I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada and replaced the factory tires with Nokian WR when I bought the flex in June. I have 14,000 km on it and it is great, even in the snow. I have been installing Nokian WR on my vehicles for a few years. They are a an all weather tire with soft compound so they are good on snow and ice. I would never even think of keeping the factory tires for our weather. The Nokian WR are directional so they channel the snow out much better. Where do you live?

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#3 OFFLINE   Waldo

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 06:11 AM

I've driven the Flex a good amount in the snow with stock tires. It does great, but it really depends on where you live. In Edmonton or the mountains of Colorado or the lake-effect of upstate New York you might want some winter tires, but anywhere else you should be happy, at least for the first season or two.

Do keep in mind though that AWD does not help you turn or stop any faster, it just lets you get to a higher speed before you crash.

#4 OFFLINE   4RDGUY

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:09 PM

I've driven the Flex a good amount in the snow with stock tires. It does great, but it really depends on where you live. In Edmonton or the mountains of Colorado or the lake-effect of upstate New York you might want some winter tires, but anywhere else you should be happy, at least for the first season or two.

Do keep in mind though that AWD does not help you turn or stop any faster, it just lets you get to a higher speed before you crash.


DRIVING A LIMITED WITH 19'S THIS PAST WINTER - Is alot different than an Expedition with agressive A/T tires... I recommend Snow tires, as the low profile 19's will get you 0-60 fast when using the AWD system - but not stop or steer in icy conditions very well...

#5 OFFLINE   01tj

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:17 AM

I had the opportunity to drive on some pretty bad roads the other day and was pretty happy with the Flex. We have the factory goodyears and they are worn down to the wear strips. There are no longer lugs on the sides of the tires they are pretty much just continuous bands that run around the tires. Our area is pretty hilly and the roads were snow covered with a layer of ice below the snow. The ABS kicked in on a long curvy down hill and the Flex went where I told it to go. The Flex also helped me up the hill into our development. Again I could feel/hear the ABS limiting slip and I could feel the Flex doing its park to help me around the turns and up the hill. I am planning on putting some ipikes on it tomorrow and I am guessing it will go like a tank after I do

#6 OFFLINE   mmsstar

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 04:51 AM

I've driven the Flex a good amount in the snow with stock tires. It does great, but it really depends on where you live. In Edmonton or the mountains of Colorado or the lake-effect of upstate New York you might want some winter tires, but anywhere else you should be happy, at least for the first season or two.

Do keep in mind though that AWD does not help you turn or stop any faster, it just lets you get to a higher speed before you crash.


Ha, some people think that driving an AWD or a 4 X 4 puts a big red "S" on their chest!

#7 OFFLINE   ACDII

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 12:17 PM

Ha, some people think that driving an AWD or a 4 X 4 puts a big red "S" on their chest!


Nope, just the imprint of an airbag on their forehead when they get goofy stupid fast. The new RS-A design actually has good snow and ice traction, something I was very afraid would not be, since my Fusion has the same tire on it, in a smaller size. Goodyear FINALLY, redesigned the tire, so it now has decent year round traction. They must have been listening to all the complaints and did something about it.

#8 OFFLINE   blivitz

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:09 AM

I have a AWD Expedition with good all season tires and a BMW 540 (2wd) that I run with 4 Blizzak tires in the winter.
Up to about 4 inches of snow, the BMW will handle much better than the Expedition.
It won't start as fast, but it will stop and turn much better.
The Goodyear Blizzak's are amazing.

#9 OFFLINE   bgougler

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:06 PM

I have a AWD Expedition with good all season tires and a BMW 540 (2wd) that I run with 4 Blizzak tires in the winter.
Up to about 4 inches of snow, the BMW will handle much better than the Expedition.
It won't start as fast, but it will stop and turn much better.
The Goodyear Blizzak's are amazing.


Here I am in Colorado and my 2010 EB Limited has the 20's and Goodyear all seasons ....another recent snow storm and with 6 inches of fresh snow the tires/vehicle were fine. I have used Blizzaks on my other cars - and my FWD Saab Viggen is at least usable in the snow with Blizzaks. The Flex does not feel quite as capable in the snow as my all season equiped Bauer Expedition ....but I am confident it will be adequate in all snow conditions with these tires.


When these tires wear out I will get 20" Blizzaks for winter and 22 inch summer rims /tires.

#10 OFFLINE   DmitriyDang

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:56 AM

I have my MKT with stock 20' tyres here in Russia, with lots of snowing for the last couple of weeks with average temperature at 14 degrees F. And it does really great, it does normally stop and drive and turn all the time except with fresh&dry snow...on THAT the braking distance almost doubles...

My collegue has 2009 Flex Limited and he has same feelings about his stock 19' tires...

Edited by DmitriyDang, 21 January 2012 - 10:57 AM.







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