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 Post subject: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:28 am 
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or is the 4wd fine with the run flats?


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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:02 pm 
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I don't think that the suspension is suitable for run flats. Basically those are meant for cars that are designed to use them.
If you go into the snow, or even so-so wintery conditions, I think that the only alternative for winter tyres are good four season ones. I run on Vredestein Quatrac 5, very happy.
Don't forget, loss of traction can occur on four wheels as easily as on two, and braking and steering has nothing to do with 4WD. This is a two-ton car, once it slides it won't be controlled easily.
On the proper tyres it leaves nothing to be desired for winter use, on pure summer tyres it is a bit of a handful. Not recommended.

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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:50 pm 
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I was concerned. Live in BC (Canada) and got quite a bit of snow last year (read 4-6 feet on the ground). We live 1km up a fairly steep hill. The car came with m+s tires and I decided to give it a go. Absolutely no problems.


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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:49 am 
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I agree with jaapv, 4WD has nothing to do with this choice.
You want the traction when braking and steering.
If you get more then a week's worth of snow and ice, I highly suggest getting tyres that can handle the conditions.
This is about the safety of you and your loved ones! Not the place or time to cheap out...

YMMV

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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:49 pm 
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@mellobob - are you in the BC Interior? I've only had my Outlander for a couple of months, I haven't gone through a winter with them yet. I'm wondering in particular about using the stock tires (M+S) on the Coquihalla, and also going to Cypress or Seymour. I'm trying to figure if I need to get proper winter tires. Can you share your experience/advice?

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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:39 am 
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Ah, I just assumed it came with run flats as there was no spare and comes with a tyre inflation kit

the tyres look like run flats


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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:35 am 
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You've answered your own question. Run-flats don't need gunk or an inflation kit, as the sidewalls are designed to run for a short time with no air in them. Ours aren't designed for that, hence the gunk and pump.

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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:38 am 
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mbasjm wrote:
@mellobob - are you in the BC Interior? I've only had my Outlander for a couple of months, I haven't gone through a winter with them yet. I'm wondering in particular about using the stock tires (M+S) on the Coquihalla, and also going to Cypress or Seymour. I'm trying to figure if I need to get proper winter tires. Can you share your experience/advice?


I live just outside of Creston. I've done the Creston-Salmo in crap weather and the narrow road to my house is fairly steep and never bare in the winter. No issues.

But, please remember, that with any car in the winter no matter what you have for 2x4, 4x4, etc. you still have the same braking. Honestly, I've gotten into more problems with 4x4 vehicles thinking that they'd "take me though the crap" can ended up either stuck or sliding off the road :)

Coquihalla is an awful road, even in the summer. But, take it easy and you *should* be okay. Especially the first year when you've got lots of tread on the new(ish) tires.


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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
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This is worth a watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atayHQYqA3g

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 Post subject: Re: do you need winter tyres for the outlander?
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@mellobob thanks.

I live in the Lower Mainland and although we don't get much snow, when we do it causes a lot of havoc around here. I'm experienced driving in snow (I'm originally from Winnipeg) but the snow here is much different and the hills and driving ability of people in this weather makes things really scary. I also live on a hill, and in my old vehicle I often have to park at the bottom when there's snow, because it can't make it up the hill even on snow tires (my van) or all-seasons (car).

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