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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 12:55 PM
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Stock tires here. Just got another 6-8 inches here on top of the 10 inches we already had. Chicago. I was parked on the side street over night and of course the plows came by. So now I had to get the snow down so I could even open the door!! Started and walked right out, not even using the 4 wheel dr. I really cannot see where these complaints are coming from, that it's not good in snow. Maybe you guys get 6 feet of snow then.

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Stock tires here. Just got another 6-8 inches here on top of the 10 inches we already had. Chicago. I was parked on the side street over night and of course the plows came by. So now I had to get the snow down so I could even open the door!! Started and walked right out, not even using the 4 wheel dr. I really cannot see where these complaints are coming from, that it's not good in snow. Maybe you guys get 6 feet of snow then.
I agree that the Borrego is awesome in this weather. My problem is with the tires. I have had the rear-end fish tail on my several times in this year and my concern is the tires, not the Borrego. To me there is a difference in spinning ans sliding. Does that make more sense as to where I am coming from?
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Wouldent driving in 4 wheel high during these conditions stop the tailing?
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I thought the same thing as well. It didn't help any...
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I had the same problem last year with fishtailing, I thought it was just me having to get used to a bigger heavier vehicle, but after a whole seaon of sliding around, I figured I would try winter tires this year. I picked up a set of Michelin x-ice 245/70-17's and the difference is huge. even in wet slushy snow the grip is far better than the stock Hankooks. I use 4-Hi when I remember to put it on, but most of the time it's in auto.

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@Monkis - thanks. That what I was thinking would help!
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Hello all. I own a 2009 Borrego EX 4x4 which I love! It drives great in dry and is fantastic in wet conditions but driving in the snow is quite a disappointment. This comment is based on how my 2004 Honda Pilot handled (I installed 18s on the Pilot). And I am wondering if the problem is with the tires and not so much the Borrego itself. It almost seems like the tires get packed with snow and I lose all traction. Simple slow turns have my tail-end sliding out from me and this is with 4x4 HI mode engaged. I have the stock Hancock tires and my Pilot has some nice Yokohama tires.
Anybody else had this issue?
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Yes, I have the Borrego Limited. I previously had a 1994 Sorento and the snow performance was much better with the Sorento.
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Hey guys, i use to work for kia in chicago and want to give you some info. the original tires were not ment for ice/snow situations. as a dealer we always gave a customer a chance to change them out for the yoko ht/s or the at/s. the borrego is a very incredible vehicle but the tires were the bottle neck of its performance. to give you an idea... in the winter if there was snow on the lot and we had to drive the vehicles up a 20% grade unless we had a running start it would never make it until we changed the tires. i actually drive an explorer right now with the yoko at/s and love them. would recommend them highly as long as you get them syped. the ht/s are also a very good tire if you dont leave the pavement. hope this helps. also discount tires is where i got my yoko's for 550 plus tax on the 260-70/17 so the 18's shouldnt be too much more. good luck and enjoy.
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We had record amounts of snow this year in the NE. I have owned two Jeeps, a Pathfinder and a ML 500 all with 4WD. I was impressed by the way the Borrego handled in the snow. In fact out of all the 4 x 4's I have owned the Borrego handled the best in the snow.
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