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Old 01-28-2010, 07:59 PM
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How does the V6 do in the snow?

I ask because my 4 yr old wants to go to Tahoe and it is 4hrs away. I'm an islander and have never driven in snow, is this car cool or should I just rent a 4x4 SUV?
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:05 PM
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a lot of people here take their accords to go snowboarding so i think u'll be fine
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It does just fine in snow. Better with winter tires, of course. If you've never driven in snow before i would suggest hitting a parking lot once you find snow on the ground. Just so you can see how the car feels and get an idea for it's characteristics.

Most importantly, leave space in front of you.
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It does just fine. We've driven two Honda's straight through a chains-required section of Donner Pass while it was snowing...didn't bother to put on chains and we survived.

Just be careful with the touchy brakes. And you can always pick a weekend to go when it's NOT raining. If it's raining in Sunnyvale you could pretty well bet that it's going to be not-so-nice conditions over Donner Pass or over the 50. Of course, if you have to book a hotel then this idea doesn't work...that's why we do day trips.
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Thanks guys.
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since our gas pedal is so sensitive, you usually lose traction when you hit the gas even a little bit. So whenever its snowing, I usually just put it in 2nd gear so that the tires don't spin. Its pretty hard to fishtail so you will be fine.
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Leave the VSA system on, obviously, the traction control and stability assist will be immensely helpful, but NOT foolproof, so don't get overly confident!!

Too bad winter tires are hard to justify in most parts of California, it's really the combination of tires and common sense that will help you the most through poor road conditions.

4x4 SUV, well, they will help you get going easier, but won't have any better traction slowing down since given the same size and type of tires, there is no advantage in braking while in a 4x4.........

I like an old saying: "4x4 will get you stuck deeper further away from home".
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Good lookin out fellas, I've been stuck in the sand and the mud in Maui, that's the balls.
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Personally, I thought driving an 8th gen felt like I had skis on instead of tires. Granted, I don't have the weight of a V6 in the front, but I've driven many cars in the snow and this one really disappointed. Not the car's fault that the stock tires suck, though.
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When we got 24 inches fo snow here in DC the weekend Avatar came out I took the Accord out to go to the movies the next day. Most of the roads and the parking lots still had about 5 inches of snow on them and the Accord just owned the road. I saw so many people getting stuck and I just kept the car in 2nd gear (6MT) and I had no problems. The stock Michelins are some crap in the rain but in the snow the car and the tires were beastly.
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Snow hill climbing driving is easy, downhill requires a bit more care, car drives well especially with VSA system, Michelin tires are ok, Regards

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I let you know Saturday for its going to snow tonight and we should have about 15 to 20 inches by Saturday night!
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honestly the v6 has a lot of trouble sliding even with vsa on. that is only during acceleration, i have a manual tranny and would say if you decide on getting an accord, the best investment is snow tires. im in colorado and have an extra pair of snow tires for sale actually. when looking at snow tires, many of the major brands have a 50/50 tread, meaning that the first 50% is composed of a very soft rubber (tires should be mounted in late fall due to the extremely fast tire-wear above 45 degrees F), which is meant for gripping very deep snow and ice. the other 50% is still very very affective in snow as well but the ice gripping is reduced but absolutely better than the stock tires. I was going to purchase a used set in littleton once and this area is the foothills of colorado and ironicly i couldnt get up the hill to the guys house to take them home. anyway like i said, might be a lot of money to spend at one time but a lot better than risking injury, repairs, and higher insurance prems.
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I Live in Newfoundland, Canada. theres usually snow here for a good 4-5 months staright. get a set of steel wheels and snow tires (16" are the cheapest way out, get them studded if your state/province allows it!) Like it was said earlier, the pedal is sentsitive, so take it easy of start, also... if u own a manual, dont change to quick in snow, the amount of torque thrown out will cause the front to slide.

the only concern I really have w/ driving in the snow is when it flicks up on the rear skirt of the HFP lip kit. if it freezes, theres a lot of weight on it and the lip kit isn't held on by much. it makes a knocking noise similar to that of a strut mount. Another thing is if the Snow/Ice stays there for a long time, I've noticed on my car the weight causes some seperation between the main body and lip kit itself.

Sorry for the long post, but its better to know more than u need than not enough IMO

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hey phantom I saw you have some assantis! Got any pictures?? I was actually getting steelies for my snow tires but I found a place that mounts and balances for cheap.
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I Live in Newfoundland, Canada. theres usually snow here for a good 4-5 months staright. get a set of steel wheels and snow tires (16" are the cheapest way out, get them studded if your state/province allows it!) Like it was said earlier, the pedal is sentsitive, so take it easy of start, also... if u own a manual, dont change to quick in snow, the amount of torque thrown out will cause the front to slide.

the only concern I really have w/ driving in the snow is when it flicks up on the rear skirt of the HFP lip kit. if it freezes, theres a lot of weight on it and the lip kit isn't held on by much. it makes a knocking noise similar to that of a strut mount. Another thing is if the Snow/Ice stays there for a long time, I've noticed on my car the weight causes some seperation between the main body and lip kit itself.

Sorry for the long post, but its better to know more than u need than not enough IMO

Safe winter driving
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