actually i've found the LH to be one of the better vehicles for dicey conditions. it's wide, long, and is very heavy. my tires are about 40% tread and they are taking north dakota winter fine. they also do pretty well in the rain. maybe you gotta slow it down around the turns or get some new rubber on your ride.
I'm in ND also & this dang car will go through anything with a good set of tires. School was canceled one day last year & I decieded to go to bismarck (60 miles away) & had no problems busting drifts or losing traction (except when I played with the E-brake)
I have more problems with front-end-push than I do fishtailing. The car is heavy enough in front that you gotta take corners extremely slow (even from a stand still) to keep from just plowing forward. But other than that it drivers wonderfully in snow.
I have some pirelli winter tires on my car and it drives awesome in the winter. Tires make all the difference....even high quality all seasons, can't touch proper snow tires. I think its a combination of the tires and weight of the car, but when I lock up my brakes (intentionally) I slide forward, but don't fish tail at all! The braking is very good with the snow tires too, but of course, since its not a 43 wheel drive, it sometimes takes a sec to get going fast in deep snow. Then again, yesterday I saw a Ford Expedition that slid off a cliff and did a few rollovers, so just goes to show SUV's aren't as resiliant as people think.
I personally believe that Pirelli makes some outstanding tires. I've get a set of P6000s HP for summer use only, but I've read a lot of great reviews, especially from European owners who drive them in winter.
Well, I know tires make a big difference. This is my second winter with my car and I still have the OE tires on them. The tread is still pretty good. The car still handles great in foul weather, but I can tell I don't have as much grip this winter as I did last winter. That just means I have to be a little more cautious.
This spring I will be getting new rubber (and hopefully rims too!)
My front brakes also need replacing. Gee, I wonder what brand of brakes and rotors I should get? But she stops without fishtailing.
I think BF Goodrich make the best tyres around. Their all-weather tyres are the best Ive ever had. They have excellent grip especially in icy conditions. If you want to go for new tyres then BF is the way to go. They out performed the good years hands down.
Okay, I don't know how to use the quote function, but...
Djnrg - "...since it's not a 43 wheel drive vehicle..."
You have no idea how funny that was when I just read it at nearly 1 am. I'd like to say a 43 wheel drive vehicle NOT get traction. And on another note, I'm personally glad that my Trep is not a 43 wheel drive vehicle.
Anyways, I have Mastercraft (owned/operated by Cooper tire) Glacier Grips, and these things give me incredible traction in snow rain or ice, but their dry road traction is kinda crappy.
1 question, Is the car supposed to slide far if your going around a corner at like 15 mph in the snow?? This is my first winter in the trep so all I know about winter is with my 91 prizm, that thing handled like a dream in winter with new tires on it... could it be because I need new tires on my trep or just because the trep is alot heavier and other factors??