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Nokia Snow Tires Save My Ford Focus!!
Written: Feb 08 '04 (Updated Feb 14 '04)
Handling and Control:
Pros: Great traction on wet or icy roads.
Cons: None...added tire noise comes with snow tires.
The Bottom Line: Need snow tires? You can't beat Nokia Hakkapeliita II tires!
swb's Full Review: Nokia Nokia/Hakkapeliita 1 Passenger/Performance ...
Putting a set of Nokia Hakkapeliita II snow tires (195-60R15) on my 2003 Ford Focus 2003 ZTW wagon allowed me to keep the car. After several very scary incidents on wet or slightly icy roads, it became very evident that the Goodyear Eagle All-Season radials that came with the Focus were the worst match of car and tires I have ever experienced in over thirty years of driving. (See my review of the 2003 Focus ZTW wagon for more details).
After returning from a trip to Maryland, my wife and I were so scared about the ability of the car to grip the road that we decided that if different tires didn't correct the problem, we would be forced to get rid of a nice little wagon that we really enjoy and feel to be a great car for the price.
Living in western New York, I decided to opt for snow tires for winter driving and separate tires for the rest of the seasons. After doing on-line research and checking local availability, I decided to go with the Nokia Hakkapeliita II snow tires. What a difference.....this little wagon now feels like a SUV....seriously...it grips the road as well as the 4WD Explorer I owned. After getting the tires installed, I took a test spin on a very icy parking lot. Traction was extremely good and braking distances were fantastic. Of course, anyone should always be careful on very wet or icy roads and reduce speed....but I now feel confident in driving this car in wintry conditions.
Noise level? Yes, the tires generate more noise than all-season or summer tires, but not enough to keep me from taking extended trips or endangering my safety.
Tread wear? Too early to tell...will update when valid information is available.
1. If you buy a Focus...don't accept it with Goodyear Eagles unless you never drive on wet or wintry roads.
2. Nokia snow tires are the best snows I've ever owned!
I do believe that they are a notch better than the Michelein Alpin or Brigestone Blizzak, two other snow tires that get excellent reviews. My son had Michelein Alpins on the rear of a Crown Vic, and they were a great tire!
Amount Paid (US$): 475 total