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Old 09-12-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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Probably will be purchasing a 2010 LTZ V6 on monday (tomorrow), was curious of winter handling.

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Old 09-12-2010, 08:52 AM   #2
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Probably will be purchasing a 2010 LTZ V6 on monday (tomorrow), was curious of winter handling.

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Mine did fine with snow & ice in mountain roads. The optional mud flaps are nice for protecting the car, but the cup design collects a lot of ice. If you get them you'll have to knock some stuff out every so often.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:36 PM   #3
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I have the original Eagle LS2 tires. They suck if the pavement is less than dry, and they aren't all that good dry. Last winter we had several inches of snow and I was actually surprised at the level of traction. They didn't break loose like I thought they would.

As for the car, it handled the conditions just fine. Front drive is best in snow because the engine is on the drive wheels, giving them their best chance at traction. So long as you don't turn off the traction control and stomp it.
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Probably will be purchasing a 2010 LTZ V6 on monday (tomorrow), was curious of winter handling.

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Also, you have Traction Control and Stabilitrak which are excellent features for Winder Handling. And you have Antilock Brakes, so you have all the advanced features for optimal winter handling. I believe the LTZ has the better winter tires. I have the LT2 with the Firestone Tires. They slip quite a bit on wet surfaces. The Eagle Tires that the LTZ comes with should be better for traction.
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Also, you have Traction Control and Stabilitrak which are excellent features for Winder Handling. And you have Antilock Brakes, so you have all the advanced features for optimal winter handling. I believe the LTZ has the better winter tires. I have the LT2 with the Firestone Tires. They slip quite a bit on wet surfaces. The Eagle Tires that the LTZ comes with should be better for traction.
If the 2010 LTZ comes with Eagle LS2 tires then my post says it all already. They aren't premium tires at all.

The biggest thing I did to improve the handling in wet on mine was to up the inflation from 30 on the decal to 38 front/36 rear. Handles much better wet or dry, feels much safer, and wanders much less.
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If the 2010 LTZ comes with Eagle LS2 tires then my post says it all already. They aren't premium tires at all.

The biggest thing I did to improve the handling in wet on mine was to up the inflation from 30 on the decal to 38 front/36 rear. Handles much better wet or dry, feels much safer, and wanders much less.
thanks guys my dilema is too keep my 4x4 suv and buy the LTZ or trade in and have the one vehicle. This forum helps. I did have the vibration that is in the other posts in my test drive though....
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I have to agree with DrivenDaily, I have the Eagle LS2 tires on my '09 and I found them to be a horrible winter tire. Goodyear classifies them as a performance tire not an all season tire if that gives you any idea of how they will handle in snow. I found them to be pretty good in dry conditions and the rain, but I'm going to get rid of them before it snow's this year.
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I live up north and got rid of the Eagle LS2's right away, they're terrible. Put on Goodyear Tripletread's and the car did great in the winter. It's pretty solid now and with the ESC it does good.
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We have talked about this in the past and that is fine with me. New owners will most likely ask just like we have in the past. All I can say is GOODYEAR ASSURANCE TRIPLETRED OR HANKOOK OPTIMO H727. This is a must in winter driving with the LTZ Model. (If not one of those two tires than a Winter Snow Tire) This will correct your wander problem too. The wet "rain" driving is awsome with the tripletred tires. I don't know why GM keeps putting those Goodyear LS2 tires on the Malibu or the Impala?

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Old 09-25-2010, 09:06 AM   #10
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I drive in snow and ice a lot and the Malibu is not bad. I Was looking at a G8 when I bought the Malibu but just couldn't buy a rear drive with the snow we get.
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