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My Compass doesn't go good in the snow my husband says I don't have a true 4wd because I don't have both hi & low 4wd so that's whay it doesn't go good. I think it is the tires I have on it because it feels like it slides some even in the rain. I have low profile tires Firestone 215/60/R17. I want to buy new tires but my husband says I would be wasting money it will not help. I should have bought a real 4wd with high & low. I love my compass & I am not getting rid of it. I have put a rallye sport spoiler package on it, roof rails, and ventvisors.

I need your input/recommendations.
 

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First welcome to the forum..........where do you live to say (your husband) that the Compass is not good in the snow?
 

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Thanks for the welcome. I live in the mountains of extreme southwest Virginia on the Kentucky, West Virginia border where it snows alot. I think I just need some new tires.
 

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the factory Firestone affinity tires that come on the vehicle are absolute garbage. at 55,000km i got rid of them i got winter force show tires. which are amazing and i have the fwd compass. amazing grip in the snow. this past spring i purchased a set of falken ze912 performance tires. same factory spec size. very sticky and incredibly. get better tires!
 

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the factory Firestone affinity tires that come on the vehicle are absolute garbage. at 55,000km i got rid of them i got winter force show tires. which are amazing and i have the fwd compass. amazing grip in the snow. this past spring i purchased a set of falken ze912 performance tires. same factory spec size. very sticky and incredibly. get better tires!
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First let me tell you that you need to change to winter tires.......the right shoes will make all the difference..........secundo..... I disagree when stating that this is not a true 4X4......I've had 4WD before and this is a true 4X4 trust me..........traction is not judged by its high and lows.......... but on its performance.............and this little Compass performs way better than a lot of those big SUV.....browse through the forum and you'll hear of alot of personnal experiences that are worth mentionning when it comes to justify if it is a real 4X4..................good luck from someone that knows what it is to drive in the snow........I'm from the Montreal area.........you know in Canada !!!!!
 

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Hi robinobx1,
i also have a 98 4x4 Nissan Frontier truck that you have to actually get out of the truck and turn the wheel locks on BEFORE you put the truck into 4x4. Now i understand what your husband is coming from. I think the nissan has true 4x4 BUT i have to tell you dont sell your compass short. One time last year, I was driving into work (its about 30 miles to work) an the roads where a complete sheet of ice (not snow all ice). While everyone else was sliding all over the place the compass was rock solid in 4x4 mode. Granted i wasnt speeding and i was driving slower than normal but never had a problem. Also my back yard currently is all snowed in, and for fun i like to floor it in 4x4 mode just to see what it does... lol and still not a singe issue.
 

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Thanks everyone for your quick replies. I will be shopping around tomorrow for new tires.
 

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Firts let me tell yopu that you need to change to winter tires.......the right shoe will make all the difference..........secundo..... I disagree when stating that this is not a true 4X4......I've had 4WD before and this is a true 4X4 trust me..........traction is not judged by its high and lows.......... but on its performance.............and this little Compass performs way better than a lot of those big SUV.....browse through the forum and you'll hear of alot of personnal experiences that are worth mentionning when it comes to justify if it is a real 4X4..................good luck from someone that knows what it is to drive in the snow........I'm from the Montreal area.........you know in Canada !!!!!
Good post Ffl!

Hello robin....welcome to the forum! I would have to agree, better tires are going to make all the difference in the world and as has already been said, the Compass not being a "true" 4X4 is crazy. That's equivalent to saying the Compass isn't a "true" Jeep! Good luck and keep us posted! :)

- Cherokee
 

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Getting my new tires put on Friday. Now I can't wait for it to snow again so I can test them.
 

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Snow Tires

A decision you will be glad for in the snows to come.
 

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I know this is past the season. However, if you have ESP then you have to turn it off in deep snow and/or slippery condition where you need you wheels to spin to push you through. Otherwise the brakes are being applied to stop that spinning wheel and you don't get the penetration you're expecting. Sames goes if you are stuck and are rocking the vehicle to get it out. ESP OFF!!! Button is lower console near the lighter socket behind the gear shift.
 
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