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Wondering what to expect since the snow season is just about here. For those that have a few snow seasons under their belt, what can I expect from my Slk?

Note! - I realize this is subjective and variable depending on experience, tires, type of snow, etc. Just looking for a general idea on depth and any directly helpful hints (such as weight in trunk, whatever).
 

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My personal experience is "don't if you can avoid it". If you have to drive the SLK, I'd invest is some cheap, non-staggered wheels and snow tires.
 

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My personal experience is "don't if you can avoid it". If you have to drive the SLK, I'd invest is some cheap, non-staggered wheels and snow tires.
Wise advice. Look at what rally drivers use in snow. Narrower the better BUT not sure how that would affect your insurance cover. Any variation from manufacturers specification in the UK can invalidate your cover unless you notify them and they agree. The only reason my insurers accepted 18 inch rims over the standard 17 inch was because they are offered as an option by MB. There must be thousands of cars on UK roads that are probably uninsured due to undeclared mods.
 

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Good point Jon - however, I'm aware of any rules that invalidate insurance due to snow tires/wheels stateside - but 100% worth checking.
 

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Good point Jon - however, I'm aware of any rules that invalidate insurance due to snow tires/wheels stateside - but 100% worth checking.
I have a built in distrust of insurance companies. They will use any excuse to reject a claim. I was going lower the suspension on my MX5 until my broker told me the insurers would invalidate my cover !!!!! Its like any none manufacturers mods that you put on. Nicer wheels. any body mods would not be covered in the event of a claim unless they were noted on your policy and you had been screwed extra premiums :(
 

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I am just looking at buying a real cheapy for the winter. A suzuki 1.0 4 x 4 £1295 sitting on brand new knobby tyres. A years MOT and it doesnt look in bad condition. At that money it doesnt matter if you bend a few panels :)
 

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I am just looking at buying a real cheapy for the winter. A suzuki 1.0 4 x 4 £1295 sitting on brand new knobby tyres. A years MOT and it doesnt look in bad condition. At that money it doesnt matter if you bend a few panels :)
LOL - I've seriously considered the same! GTRBoy (Adam) ended up with an 06 reg Audi A3 for a *load* less than winter tires and rims for the GTR - which he's evidently gotten tired of and is moving sideways to a Lotus! :p
 

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LOL - I've seriously considered the same! GTRBoy (Adam) ended up with an 06 reg Audi A3 for a *load* less than winter tires and rims for the GTR - which he's evidently gotten tired of and is moving sideways to a Lotus! :p
The best "car" I ever owned for snow use was an old renault 15 coupe front wheel drive with mud and snow tyres on. The inline engine sits in front of the gearbox which sits between the front wheels. Traction was unreal. It would pull through deep snow as though it wasnt there. Shame it rotted away :biglaugh:
 

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SLK in the snow?

Thanks for all that information about Insurance, wheels, tires, and ways not to drive the SLK in the snow by driving other vehicles.......but.....

Can any member offer their experience about actually driving their SLK in the snow and tell what the capabilities are and some helpful hints about realizing those capabilities?
 

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Thanks for all that information about Insurance, wheels, tires, and ways not to drive the SLK in the snow by driving other vehicles.......but.....

Can any member offer their experience about actually driving their SLK in the snow and tell what the capabilities are and some helpful hints about realizing those capabilities?

It's a rear wheel drive car with a staggered tyre setup. It handles like a dog if you have factory or normal high performance tyres on it in snow - any snow, and wet/slushy snow is worse. Last time I was in snow in mine with PZero Rosso's, I parked it on a side street and caught a train home.

Ram and Cookie have had good luck with snow tyres on theirs, so maybe can provide better insight for ya.
 

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Can any member offer their experience about actually driving their SLK in the snow and tell what the capabilities are and some helpful hints about realizing those capabilities?
Basically, you've got a fairly light, wide tired, rear wheel drive, low ground clearance, reasonably powerful (and if it's automatic) not very controllable car. Just about everything you don't need when driving on snow or ice.

You have been given several helpful hints - namely, don't drive it in snow or ice. Perhaps not what you wanted to hear :)
 

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In my experience in driving in the snow in my MB, I have to use essentially the same knowledge and skills that I would use with any other RW drive auto. Obviously, the snow cannot be very deep or the SLK will bottom out and lose traction. My SLK usually goes where I point it IF I drive smoothly (unlike in the non-inclimate weather) and steadily. Another tip that some overlook is the use the manual shift feature on our cars and start off in as high a gear that will get you going. i.e. third or maybe second. Maybe even fourth. Depends on the snow conditions and lay of the land. This will reduce the drive-wheel spin. Naturally you must up-shift at the appropriate RPM's OR simply shift the tranny back into automatic after you get going. I run conti DWS tires so I do not change to a dedicated snow tire. At least not yet. In central KY generally we do not have snows that prevent traveling on the streets and roads, and most of the time, the city street dept and the state highway dept clean the roads very quickly and efficiently. PS. The best advice is this - if the roads are covered with ice - PARK IT!!!
 

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In my experience in driving in the snow in my MB, I have to use essentially the same knowledge and skills that I would use with any other RW drive auto. Obviously, the snow cannot be very deep or the SLK will bottom out and lose traction. My SLK usually goes where I point it IF I drive smoothly (unlike in the non-inclimate weather) and steadily. Another tip that some overlook is the use the manual shift feature on our cars and start off in as high a gear that will get you going. i.e. third or maybe second. Maybe even fourth. Depends on the snow conditions and lay of the land. This will reduce the drive-wheel spin. Naturally you must up-shift at the appropriate RPM's OR simply shift the tranny back into automatic after you get going. I run conti DWS tires so I do not change to a dedicated snow tire. At least not yet. In central KY generally we do not have snows that prevent traveling on the streets and roads, and most of the time, the city street dept and the state highway dept clean the roads very quickly and efficiently. PS. The best advice is this - if the roads are covered with ice - PARK IT!!!
This is helpful info, since I anticipate using the very same tires (rated VERY high for snow traction) and estimating your KY snowfalls by still passable highways, it appears that the SLK should be O.K. up to about 6 inches of snow. More than that it appears other factors come into play (clearance). Although I usually wouldn't choose to start out when it snows, occasions arise where I'm already out and may venture a return trip. I'm going to assume 4 in. is all good, any more up to 6 in. would be testing things, and more than 6 in. is a non-starter in a SLK. Thanks!

PS - I am a very experienced snow driver - but the SLK presents new limitations.
 

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You could invest in some snow socks. I have some for my wifes Astra and my daughters fiesta. Not sure where you get them in the US but 35 ukp a pair.
 

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You could invest in some snow socks. I have some for my wifes Astra and my daughters fiesta. Not sure where you get them in the US but 35 ukp a pair.
Never heard of such a thing! Are they for driving in the snow or outside winter storage?

Or is that a sock for "pulling someone's leg"?
 

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This is helpful info, since I anticipate using the very same tires (rated VERY high for snow traction) and estimating your KY snowfalls by still passable highways, it appears that the SLK should be O.K. up to about 6 inches of snow. More than that it appears other factors come into play (clearance). Although I usually wouldn't choose to start out when it snows, occasions arise where I'm already out and may venture a return trip. I'm going to assume 4 in. is all good, any more up to 6 in. would be testing things, and more than 6 in. is a non-starter in a SLK. Thanks!

PS - I am a very experienced snow driver - but the SLK presents new limitations.
Having driven first a SLK 280 with Pirelli P-Zero A/S tires and then a 09 SLK 350 with both the Pirelli P-Zero A/S tires and then Conti DWS A/S tires for the last 6 years, I have found the SLK is pretty good in the snow. I actually prefer it to my wife's 2005 Volvo V50 wagon which is front wheel drive. I drove the SLK 350 to work after the 3 feet of snow we got in in DC a couple of years ago when the roads were barely plowed. Last January we got 8" of snow while I was at work and the SLK 350 got me home with little drama while hundreds of people abandoned their cars all over the DC area. Basically I just put the transmission in "C" (or "E" for newer models) and let ESP do it's thing if the wheels start to slip. I have never gotten stuck in a SLK and they all have been my daily driver. The big thing to watch for is how deep the snow is. If you get the rear wheels off the ground you are not going anywhere. I have quite a bit of experience driving in snow with rear wheel cars and enojoy doing it BUT it's the other guys on the road that can make it dicey.
 

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Having driven first a SLK 280 with Pirelli P-Zero A/S tires and then a 09 SLK 350 with both the Pirelli P-Zero A/S tires and then Conti DWS A/S tires for the last 6 years, I have found the SLK is pretty good in the snow. I actually prefer it to my wife's 2005 Volvo V50 wagon which is front wheel drive. I drove the SLK 350 to work after the 3 feet of snow we got in in DC a couple of years ago when the roads were barely plowed. Last January we got 8" of snow while I was at work and the SLK 350 got me home with little drama while hundreds of people abandoned their cars all over the DC area. Basically I just put the transmission in "C" (or "E" for newer models) and let ESP do it's thing if the wheels start to slip. I have never gotten stuck in a SLK and they all have been my daily driver. The big thing to watch for is how deep the snow is. If you get the rear wheels off the ground you are not going anywhere. I have quite a bit of experience driving in snow with rear wheel cars and enojoy doing it BUT it's the other guys on the road that can make it dicey.
Thank You - exactly the type of information I wanted. Since I anticipate driving on your tires soon, this info is on point. I'll raise my previously stated limitations about 3-4 inches. We both are subject to the same weather events most of the time due to our locations.
 

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No its not a joke They slip over your driving wheels an grip like snow chains up to about 30 mph
It would seem to be somewhat of a chore to attach them once the snow has arrived or:

1. Are they applied prior to snowfall?
2. Is there an specific method that makes them easy when outside, in the freezing cold & 12 inches of snow?

Now I'm curious!
 
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