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Old 02-16-2015, 08:33 PM
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So this is the first time I have had a MB in the snow. To be honest, I was very impressed. I know our tiny VA snow is nothing like what the North East has gotten/getting but it is still fun. Even took the ESP off and drifted and got a couple of thumbs up from some other drivers Not looking forward to cleaning this bad boy up though...
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:48 PM
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rear wheel or all wheel drive? Snow tires?
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:53 AM
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rear wheel or all wheel drive? Snow tires?
rear wheel, no snow tires, and as of now, its stuck in the driveway
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:39 AM
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I have RWD and I'm in the Northeast and I can tell you without snow tires you're not going anywhere expect maybe a ditch haha
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:33 AM
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echoing Vdhroso's comment. I'm in Boston and it just continues to snow here....thank god for 4matic but my brother's RWD is hardly operable!
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Originally Posted by HSCDUDE View Post
So this is the first time I have had a MB in the snow. To be honest, I was very impressed. I know our tiny VA snow is nothing like what the North East has gotten/getting but it is still fun. Even took the ESP off and drifted and got a couple of thumbs up from some other drivers Not looking forward to cleaning this bad boy up though...
How do u go from "very impressed" to stuck in a driveway?
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the thing is... its not bad in light fluffy snow but with icy conditions its pretty much impossible to go anywhere. My sister little civic with FWD is more capable than my RWD.
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Totally agree with that. Mine got stuck on some ice the other day - with both rear wheels starting to spin the electronics took over and I went nowhere until pushed. Have to switch the ESP off in those conditions but to be honest I just parked it - it's safer on the drive and nobody else is going to run into it there.
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it is fun drifting around in it though...in a parking lot that is. its stupid if you're doing it in the narrow streets, you will hit something or someone
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:47 PM
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:52 AM
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I am in Boston area. So far, the 4Matic with snow tires has done well this winter. My air dam is getting a beating from the low ground clearance as I have had to drive through snow up to the door sills, but all good.
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I am in Boston area. So far, the 4Matic with snow tires has done well this winter. My air dam is getting a beating from the low ground clearance as I have had to drive through snow up to the door sills, but all good.
Yup same.. I dunno how I feel about the lower front bumper basically being a snow plow in some pretty icy snow, but it's held up fine and the paint is alright so far.

The only weakness I find with these cars (w/ 4matic and snow tires) is ground clearance, which only becomes an issue with deep wet snow. I've beached myself on top of the snow, just once.
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This was me about a month ago. Stuck at the end of my driveway. I managed to get it in the driveway, and when I got out of the car is slid right back out (in Park).

I've since put new tires on the back. It's still abysmal, but as good as can be expected without snow tires. I've got 100lb of sand in the trunk right now.

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I got snows on a RWD c350 and its been no drama in the snow. Plenty of that here in Chicago. Only real issue is if you try to go through stuff that you don't have ground clearance for. Then the traction control starts fighting you, but I can generally get through it if I turn TC off. Anything less deep than the ride height I've had no issue with.
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Sweet Yakima setup. Can you give details on part #s? I've been looking to get a bike rack for mine. Is that the factory Thule rack with a Yakima visor?
Thanks man! It's all Yakima. I went for the solid black bars instead of the silver "whispbar" set because 1. Its black, and I liked the look better than the other, 2. I will be carrying surfboards in the summer, and the parts are less expensive to replace if they get screwed up. I just picked up the snowboard attachment, trying to hit our little hills in VA this weekend!

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I got snows on a RWD c350 and its been no drama in the snow. Plenty of that here in Chicago. Only real issue is if you try to go through stuff that you don't have ground clearance for. Then the traction control starts fighting you, but I can generally get through it if I turn TC off. Anything less deep than the ride height I've had no issue with.
I will echo those sentiments. I put a set of 17" wheels with Nokian Hakka R2s on my RWD C350 right after the big snow hit and the car's been excellent. The right tires make a world of difference. The car was pretty much undrivable with the Conti DWS I tried to use before getting the winter setup.
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My C300 is 4 Matic and has winter tires (wouldn't dream of venturing out without those out here). The only issue that took a little getting used to was the braking. It's been great for the past many years now. Agree on the clearance - This thing would become a snow plough in anything over 6 or 7 inches of snow, so I've never given that a try (have nice old Honda CR-V for those days!)
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My C300 is 4 Matic and has winter tires (wouldn't dream of venturing out without those out here). The only issue that took a little getting used to was the braking. It's been great for the past many years now. Agree on the clearance - This thing would become a snow plough in anything over 6 or 7 inches of snow, so I've never given that a try (have nice old Honda CR-V for those days!)
Ditto on the c300 4matic with winter tires being great in the winter/snow/ice. The issue as you said is the low ground clearance, but it does well in 6-8 inches of snow.

With winter tires my C63 does quite well. Not as sure footed as the 4matic, but I don't worry about driving it in the winter, minus days of deep snow fall when I bring out the Jeep with winter tires
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Ditto on the c300 4matic with winter tires being great in the winter/snow/ice. The issue as you said is the low ground clearance, but it does well in 6-8 inches of snow.

With winter tires my C63 does quite well. Not as sure footed as the 4matic, but I don't worry about driving it in the winter, minus days of deep snow fall when I bring out the Jeep with winter tires
6/8 inches of snow - you're a brave man!
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6/8 inches of snow - you're a brave man!

Only from not watching the weather report

If I know there will be that much snow I will take the Jeep over the C63.

My wife will drive her C300 4matic in all but the worst (deep) conditions as it is her daily driver.
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Only from not watching the weather report

If I know there will be that much snow I will take the Jeep over the C63.

My wife will drive her C300 4matic in all but the worst (deep) conditions as it is her daily driver.
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