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944 in snow/winter: what to expect?

Hi guys, i intend to use my 944 in winter/snow conditions, and leave my 911 in the garage..... What to expect from driving the 944 in the snow/cold? First thing: ill get winter tires, but still?

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It will be fine......

I drive mine throughout the winter...

The only things that stop me are -20 celcius temps (cold starts) and more than 3-6 inches of snow.
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Make sure you buy four tires, just the rears will be diabolical. (ask me how I know. . .)
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i have done two winters in my 944 in utah... last winter was nuts for snow. i tell anyone that will listen, it is the best damn car i've had for the snow, minus my wife's discovery. i took it to a parking lot with about 6 inches of snow and it was difficult to do donuts. i kid you not, it just goes in the snow. i have to exercise judgement on corners/curves, but i end up passing front wheel drive vehicles all the time. i love it!
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The car is pretty stable on ice and snow if you have a good set of winter tires. I use Blizzaks and 3 sand bags over the back axle. Also, I plug it in on colder nights (i.e.: below -20C or -4F), and I switch to a lighter oil 10W30 from 20W50.
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You'll be fine. It is a rear-wheel drive car so use some caution of course, but 944s handle harsh weather like a tank (hence my handle name). I drive mine year-round without major drama.
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I must drive a different car:-P Mine gets skittish in rain quite easily.

Might just be the shoes I wear though..
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It's the worst when your shoes are wet and your foot keeps slipping off the clutch... Especially when you're near redline :-\
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I must drive a different car:-P Mine gets skittish in rain quite easily.

Might just be the shoes I wear though..
Hmm, putting your lead shoes on before you get in, no?

I drive my 944 year round.
Put winter tires on it, and it's one of the most stable winter cars I've ever driven. It's so predictable!

Just remember to get a damn block heater. A circulating coolant heater is the best. I found when it hits around -40, that the lower rad hose heaters just don't cut it. They can't even keep the engine above -20c.

Oh yeah, synthetic oil is another good idea through the winter (in case you don't already run synthetic).
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Mine handles the Nebraska winters really well. We don't get a ton of snow, but when we do I've never had a problem. I live on a gravel road that gets plowed by this guy who really doesn't have a clue what he's doing... So, I end up with 3" of snow on the ground on the gravel road, which gets compacted into a nice sheet of glass, then on the highway, the doofus skims everything except this perfect layer of ice... Still, the 944 doesn't have much problem with it.

Slippery shoes are about the biggest problem I get. I keep a pair of old wrestling shoes in the car for when it gets bad... they're the best for driving.
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holy schnizzit! i am a senior member... um, i just said member...
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well its good to know these things are good in the snow. what i was going to do is park the rx7 for the winter because it has rust and drive my 24

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