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I don't know who was having more fun outside today. Merlin my big old Labrador, or me in the Escape trying out the 6" of new powder.
Merlin ran aound like a puppy made a bunch of snow-dog angels and then retired to snoozing on the couch.
I was up before 6AM in the Escape getting a feel for its snow abilities. Absolutely GREAT! Switching to the 4WD really made a difference in the super slick stuff. ABS worked flawlessly, too.
Up until today my favorite 4X4 was my '99XLT extended cab long bed F150. No longer as the Escape is quickly becoming my all around favorite.
 

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I agree! My '05 Escape was an absolute champ in nasty weather.

We've only had a few dustings of snow here so far. Nothing has stuck, and it was raining last night.
 

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Very happy to hear that your Escape met your expectations ! :)

Have fun in the white powdery stuff !!! :D
 

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With the right set of tires the AWD system on our Escapes is perfect!
 

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yup, love the Escape even thought about getting another and ditching the Vibe.....and this is coming from a GM person :bag:
 

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GM is going bankrupt anyways :)
 

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The Vibe is basically a Toyota Matrix!
 

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And maybe as ugly as the Aztec :bill:

hehe sorry
 

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We had a little bit of snow around Halloween, but the first big storm was a week before Thanksgiving. We've had a little over 4 feet here at my house, but the mini warmup we had packed it down to about 2.5.

Thanksgiving weekend Peak N' Peak ski resort in NY opened up early with 51" of natural snow, and they were making their own the whole time too.

I must say I've been impressed with how well the Escape does in the snow, but slightly disappointed at how hard it is to get it to slide around :angel:
 

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Ryno911 said:
I must say I've been impressed with how well the Escape does in the snow, but slightly disappointed at how hard it is to get it to slide around :angel:
Then you aren't doing something right....I don't have a problem making it kick around :)
 

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Ryno911 said:
We had a little bit of snow around Halloween, but the first big storm was a week before Thanksgiving. We've had a little over 4 feet here at my house, but the mini warmup we had packed it down to about 2.5.

Thanksgiving weekend Peak N' Peak ski resort in NY opened up early with 51" of natural snow, and they were making their own the whole time too.

I must say I've been impressed with how well the Escape does in the snow, but slightly disappointed at how hard it is to get it to slide around :angel:
I skied Peak 'N Peak a few years ago!

It's a small world!
 

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Scooter Scott said:
Ryno911 said:
I must say I've been impressed with how well the Escape does in the snow, but slightly disappointed at how hard it is to get it to slide around :angel:
Then you aren't doing something right....I don't have a problem making it kick around :)
It's called having better tires than you. :lol:
 

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Squishy said:
Scooter Scott said:
Ryno911 said:
I must say I've been impressed with how well the Escape does in the snow, but slightly disappointed at how hard it is to get it to slide around :angel:
Then you aren't doing something right....I don't have a problem making it kick around :)
It's called having better tires than you. :lol:
Seriously I JUST proved that point. I went out to get some Subway and we are having our first snow covering...I don't think my tires ever caught traction and when I barely touch the brakes my ABS starts working....I'm almost tempted to buy me an early Christmas gift of tires...I've never been fond of the traction of these tires in the snow but this was horrible...even pulling into my driveway. There is a curb to go over getting into my driveway...when I pulled up on it and gave it a little gas to get up my driveway it kept going straight into the yard!!!
 

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I thought you bought Forteras a couple of years ago. Those are supposed to be one of the best "snow-capable" tires for those almost-snowy areas.

If you didn't, then I have you confused with someone else in a big hat.
 

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Dasha bought Fortera Triple Treads...I still have the Conti's.
 

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Is Indiana snowy enough for snow tires? If you spend more than three months a year covered in snow, you should really look into those as an option. That way you can still wear the summer tires down to the bars, instead of ditching them at 40% because you can't drive in snow anymore.
 

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I just got off of the phone with Firestone Complete Care and they said I can get 4 Destination A/T tires for $388.92 before tax installed...what do you guys think?
 

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Just for fun I went out and took the Escape around my neighborhood...came up on a hill that might be a 40 degree incline. From a dead stop I tried moving forward....not a lot of luck. All 4 tires were spinning like crazy to get moving and around every turn with a little gas applied from a dead stop it kicked around without me even trying
 

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I would stay away from A/T tires if you see a lot of ice (I'm not sure of the climate in Indiana, but we're in a Snow! thread). They are great in deep snow, but the tread void and all-season compound make them slippery in ice and light snow.

Old school guys up here would get the thinnest, knobbiest tires and use those for winter, but that's a mistake in my opinion. New Brunswick ambulances used to use all-terrain tires, until the union pressured them into getting proper winter tires after three ambulances flipped over.

Edit: The tires were BFG all-terrains, which are severe snow rated.
 
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