Originally Posted by username79
At least on East Coast roads in major metropolitan areas, if you are not perfectly OK with RWD and snow tires, you should not be on the road and/or in conditions where no amount of AWD, etc. will help you. My neighbor made it through the harshest winter in history here with a 6spd 2006 M3 with summer tires on it. If she can, you can.
Where is this? I'm talking about being in Montreal, where we get more snow in an average year than almost any American city gets for its "harshest winter," and because it stays cold, it never melts. Not to mention it's almost as hilly here as in SF. You do NOT want RWD in Montreal. Probably not in Toronto, Syracuse or Buffalo, either. How many times do I have to say it? I've driven RWD cars here (MB 320 SLK, Lexus LS 460), front wheel drive cars here (Nissan Maxima) and AWD cars (Subaru Legacy, Land Rover LR3) and there is a huge difference in how the cars handle in -20c with a sheet of slick snow on the road. The AWD is noticeably better...and all these cars were equipped with winter tires. I've been on all-seasons in winter here and call bullshit on the M3 story unless she's from NY or Baltimore or something.