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Old 09-29-2009, 12:07 PM
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95 280 and snow

forgive the non diesel question.my daughter is going to boulder ,co. in january,will her 280 be ok for the snow there.she has a short commute.do snow tires do the job,or is it a mist to have 4 wheel drive vehicle.her car is in good shape 100k,newer trans.
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:47 PM
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If she's driving only in town or on plowed major roads then a decent set of snow tires (Nokian, Toyo etc.) will do the job well. I'd suggest a set of steel wheels for the winter tires with more narrow tires than normal. Make sure you go to a reputable winter tire dealer to get the correct wheels and decent tires.

If you're heading up into the mountains a set of chains is a smart insurance policy provided she knows how to drive in winter, and how to install the chains properly. Otherwise the best advice is to stay off mountain roads during bad storms.
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:02 PM
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I never have driven a 280 in snow, but . . . for many years I drove a 2wd pickup w/350 drove all over the place in Vermont! Proper "style" is the most important, knowing when to use the "right petal" . . .of course good tires on ALL four corners are helpful too if you want to be able to go AND turn . . . a couple of containers of DRY sand in the trunk always helps (moist sand will freeze into a solid chunk!)

There were many days that I drove twice as far as fellow workers who had 4X4 and I was on time, and they were either late or called in sick!

Just tell her to take it easy, and go "Practice" to see what the car will do in an empty parking lot . . .
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:15 PM
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weight in the trunk

My daughter is heading into a 2nd Vermont winter with her 240. We live on the toughest hill in town, gravel and twisty steep and other than glare ice or very deep snow the old diesel just chugs up.
200# of dry sand and cement discs in the trunk, 4 Nokian Nordmans, and a practiced right foot is the ticket. Along with a tow strap to help out other stuck folks.
Of course, the torque curve and slow accel of the diesel is a plus IMO much less chance of wheelspin with 60HP.
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