Last post on Apr 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM
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Cadillac STS, Cadillac STS-V, Sedan
#14 of 17 Re: 2006 STS-Caddy [beerme1]
Feb 21, 2008 (5:28 pm)
If you get a second set of wheels to mount the winter tires on, then I see no reason why you should not be able to do this. The STS does have a wider rear wheel than the front wheels with some combinations of options. However, in 2006 I think the 18 inch wheels were all 8 inches wide. In any case, I think you can put a set of wheels that match the front wheels on the back, and then you can get a set of winter tires that fit (the diameter of the tires should be close to the diameter of your standard tires). I do not see any problem with putting snows on. If you get the AWD, then I think all 4 wheels and tires are the same size anyway. If you have all weather tires you may not need winter tires, but if you live off the main roads that may make a difference. If you do live off the beaten path the SRX might be better?
Ahh, yes, Buffalo - think about the SRX
#15 of 17 2007 sts winter tires
Dec 15, 2008 (6:10 pm)
I traded in a 1998 Deville for a 2007 STS V8 and this first winter snow storm was a rude awakening. The car would not hardly go at all - the Deville was pretty good in the snow. The 17" Michilin tires on the STS look great for tire life, but are lacking of any lugs at all for winter. So I put on four 225/60-15" Michilin symetry tires from my Deville (my winter set) and it has made a big improvement. The car looks different and my dealer probably would not approve, but now I can use the car in the winter. The 15" wheels do not have the tire pressure sensors so the light glows on the dash that there is a malfunction, but at least I can use the car. Cadillac should not sell this car in the midwest with such terrible winter tires. I have a friend with a 2006 STS who also cannot drive it in the winter.
#16 of 17 Re: 2007 sts winter tires [macktractor]
Dec 30, 2008 (2:41 pm)
Although I've read several articles that say today's RWD cars with traction/stability control are just about as good on snow/ice as FWD, you can't prove it by me. I owned a 300C, comparable in power to a V8 STS and it was pretty much dangerous in snow. Traded that for a DTS this past spring and just had the, ah, pleasure, of driving it after our first ice pellet/sleet storm. Total control. Not one skid or spinning tire. The current thinking is you really want RWD for better handling and performance. But my experience is you really want FWD if you want to go anywhere in safety in winter.
#17 of 17 Get proper snow tires
Apr 16, 2009 (6:12 pm)
There is no substitute for proper snow tires. The only time I got stuck in my '03 CTS was the day I was on my way to the Bridgestone dealer to get a set of Blizzak snow tires. The all-season Goodyears were flat-out awful on ice or snow. WIth the Blizzaks, the car was transformed.
I bought a set of wheels off ebay and mounted the snows on them. When we traded the CTS for an '06 STS, I kept the wheels and snows and will use them on the STS next winter.