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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-10-2018, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Michelin Latitude Tour Tires Suck!

Well the first snow since I bought the Equinox and I was looking forward to driving it in the snow to try out the awd. Well I am so dissapointed in the traction of these tires, when I have had other AWD vehicles with different tires I have had no problems getting up my driveway, these tires were just like not having AWD at all! The tires were just spinning and sliding all over, I know the AWD was working because I watched the replay on my security camera and coukd see the rear wheels spinning...
Going tire shopping tomorrow, any suggestions?AFFBEF01-12C2-4EBF-88A4-25B56310877D_1544484697935.jpeg
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I have always had good luck with Cooper and Good Year. I am currently running Nankang all seasons and for an inexpensive tire they are pretty good in the snow.

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Maybe just adjust your driving technique or get snow tires? I’ve taken mine on numerous ski trips in heavy snow without issue. Liked them enough to buy a second set.

For comparison I have also regularly driven Michelin x-ice3’s on my wife’s Subaru. No all season will ever beat a real snow tire. But the latitude Tours are fine.
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-11-2018, 01:08 AM
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It sounds like you might be jumping to conclusions. I know it's still kind of early, but that doesn't look like a lot of snow in that picture. Like Ralphalph said - maybe you just need to experiment a little bit first ... maybe drop it into lower gear? Maybe *not* use AWD? I dunno. Unless you're up there in Canada, or in upstate NY where they seem to get bombed every year, I would think you could learn to make use of those Michelins.

What about some kind of half-moon 'quick cleats' you could thrown on one wheel (or two)? You only need it until you clear your driveway and sand/salt it down - which you're going to do anyway, right?

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If you are going to change tires regardless, ask a tire center about an all weather tire option. At least it is true 4 season tire that made to perform is the ice and snow too.
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Going tire shopping tomorrow, any suggestions?Attachment 13077


Hmm .. In 2016 I managed a trip back into the national forest unpaved roads in winter with the stock Michelin Latitudes . . & FWD.

That said. . here's what I am considering next. . they are reported to be much better in snow because of both tread design and rubber compound.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...num=355TR8DLTX





I also checked out the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza, but reviews did not seem as good and some said they were noisy. I 'm inclined to go with the Michelin Defender since it has good winter snow traction, is a lighter tire, and not as noisy on paved highway driving.
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The only complaint i have with stock Michelin Lattitudes is the road noise .
Traction , wet , dry , snow , mud ............. perfect with a great V -6 and AWD .
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LOL I have been driving in snow for 49 winters using all types of vehicles, fwd, rwd, 4x4 and AWD, I think I know how to drive in snow and know when it’s the tires. The picture I posted was from the day before, we got another 4” on top of that.
I have had many different all season tires some better than others, compared to others these do suck for traction, I do know that age and miles have a detrimental effect on traction ability on some tires, may be what is going on here.
I’m retired now and cost will be a big factor.
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The only complaint i have with stock Michelin Lattitudes is the road noise .
Traction , wet , dry , snow , mud ............. perfect with a great V -6 and AWD .

We've noticed more road noise now also on the Michelin Latitudes with about 40,000 miles now. I was going to replace them this year, but now waiting till next since the tread still looks good. They will be 4 years old in January, so next year just before winter they dealers and tire makers seem to have good sales and $75 to $100 rebates.
Last year for our car, I got back $250 in rebates on a set of tires between GM Card, a dealer service special and $100 in tire rebates in the form of a debit cash card.
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LOL I have been driving in snow for 49 winters using all types of vehicles, fwd, rwd, 4x4 and AWD, I think I know how to drive in snow and know when it’s the tires. The picture I posted was from the day before, we got another 4” on top of that.
I have had many different all season tires some better than others, compared to others these do suck for traction, I do know that age and miles have a detrimental effect on traction ability on some tires, may be what is going on here.
I’m retired now and cost will be a big factor.

I mean't no malice in what I showed and no implied comment about ability to drive in snow. I'm 70 and retired too.
I remember driving my '55 Olds with bald tires in snow while in school. . yikes !


Yes, agree tire age has much to do with it as well as the grade or steepness.
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