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Old 12-21-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, moving to lehigh valley
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I was wandering if everyone drives a 4wd or awd in Eastern PA during the winter or do people have regular cars? What about cars that are low? I have a mini cooper and love it. I was thinking that slapping on snow tires will do the trick but people here in atlanta (atlanta shuts down when it flurries) are telling me that it will be useless and that I have to get an SUV with 4wd or at least something with AWD to survive the winter. Just wandering what you guys think. Should I get rid of my car or will snow tires suffice? I guess I don't know how well the roads are cleared when it snows and how hilly/mountainous the lehigh valley truly is for my car to make it during the winter.

p.s I lived in boston for a bit and didn't have trouble with a mazda mx-6 but the roads used to get ploughed all the time when it snowed.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:18 PM
 
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You will be fine. We don't put on snow tires, just get all weather tires. They plow the roads. We have four cars - a Tahoe, a Dodge Spirit, a Jetta and a Cobalt and all are fine. You do have to learn to drive when it snows but for the most part the snowplows do a good job of keeping the roads clear.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:22 AM
 
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Thanks toobusytoday, What is the terrain like? Are there a lot of rolling hills or steep hills?
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:50 AM
 
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I wonder if that is a subjective question. If I had moved here straight from lower (i.e. flat) Delaware where I grew up, I would call our hills steep. But having lived in upstate NY, WV, SW Virginia and having visited the Rockies several times, I'll call them rolling!
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, moving to lehigh valley
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lol.... That reminds me of a story. When a friend of mine visited atlanta from ft. Myers, she thought Atlanta had steep hills. I had to laugh really hard and had to organize a trip to denver to show the difference between steep and rolling.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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If you own a cooper and live in eastern PA and are visiting please tell me your experience. Are there any mini clubs around there?
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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If you own a cooper and live in eastern PA and are visiting please tell me your experience. Are there any mini clubs around there?
I don't have a mini, but I'm seconding the fact that you'll be fine in the winter with all seasons. Snow tires wouldn't hurt, but I see very..very few cars with them. Its usually reserved for the hoopties (yeah I went there) who run 20's on their Neons.

Instead you'll be sitting at a crawl on a barely snow covered 78 and every other car will be a civic or focus on half worn all season tires and you'll realize if they can do it, you can do it.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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Most people do get by on all seasons, but snow tires are truly the way to go no matter what car or suv you may chose. AWD means nothing if you don't have tires that get traction.

All season tires are truly only effective to 45 degree air temperatures or better. Most people, again, do get by. This area of PA, however, does not get serious winter weather.
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Allentown,PA
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Mini will do fine....I regularly drove rear-wheel drive cars on all-seasons and had no problems.
We don't get enough snow here to really make a difference (we used to but not anymore.)
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:07 PM
 
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If you're from Atlanta, think Acworth, Canton, Gainesville, etc. as far as hilly-ness.
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