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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-21-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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How does this handle in the snow?

I'm going to go snowboarding soon and I might have to bring the little skyactiv 3.

How does it handle the snow?


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I'm going to go snowboarding soon and I might have to bring the little skyactiv 3.

How does it handle the snow?


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The Bridgestone Turanzas? They kind of suck but you should make it. Turn the stupid DSC off or you wont get anywhere. ABS still works with DSC off so don't worry about that.

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I live in Ottawa Canada and we get our fair share of snow. A Mazda3 with a decent set of winter tires is pretty good in snow. Forget about all seasons which at best are a 3 season tire. Try driving the same car on all seasons and winter tires in snowy conditions, I guarantee you will be a convert to winter tires.

I am expecting the usual guff here about driving experience trumping choice of tires Forget it, there is all kinds of statistical evidence from all sorts of driving professionals that winter tires clean out perform all seasons in winter conditions.

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i have all seasons on my gf's car and they are useable but a little scary at times. switching her all seasons on her winter wheels to blizzaks next year.

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The Bridgestone Turanzas? They kind of suck but you should make it. Turn the stupid DSC off or you wont get anywhere. ABS still works with DSC off so don't worry about that.
The mazda3 actually works quite well with DSC on. For a few inches of snow at least it is great. The only thing I've really seen it limit is having fun in the parking lot, in which case I turned it off lol.

I'm still on stock Turanzas as well, about 17K on them with 6-7/32" tread.

Compared to my dad's Civic w/o traction control, better stock tires (Goodyear RS-A's I think) but at 4/32" tread the mazda3 felt much better. I just say this as I drove them both yesterday when it was -10 deg F yesterday and quite a bit of ice out.

I guess if you're truly stuck you are better off turning DSC off temporarily to help you rock your way out. That being said if snow is that deep you probably shouldn't be taking it there anyway.
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The mazda3 actually works quite well with DSC on. For a few inches of snow at least it is great. The only thing I've really seen it limit is having fun in the parking lot, in which case I turned it off lol.

I'm still on stock Turanzas as well, about 17K on them with 6-7/32" tread.

Compared to my dad's Civic w/o traction control, better stock tires (Goodyear RS-A's I think) but at 4/32" tread the mazda3 felt much better. I just say this as I drove them both yesterday when it was -10 deg F yesterday and quite a bit of ice out.

I guess if you're truly stuck you are better off turning DSC off temporarily to help you rock your way out. That being said if snow is that deep you probably shouldn't be taking it there anyway.
My street is a hill and dsc cuts out power. The I lose too much momentum and get stuck. With it off, I can just spin my way up the hill.

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My street is a hill and dsc cuts out power. The I lose too much momentum and get stuck. With it off, I can just spin my way up the hill.
Agreed, I am pretty sure that is the only two times for standard driving you should turn it off. Going up a hill, or stuck in deep snow.

The minor hills around here mine has done pretty well, in fact there was one short 30 feet-ish steep hill I went up with only a quick DSC flash and I saw a honda accord go after me (an older one presumably w/o traction control) that spun out and started sliding back down. It did eventually make it, but just had me more impressed with the DSC system.

I don't really have any serious hills on most of my commutes to experience what you are describing, and mostly use it to maintain control when accelerating from a stop.
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