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#1 of 12 Toyota Corolla for winter driving
Dec 07, 2007 (9:57 am)
I just bought a 2003 toyota corolla. I live in Minnesota and we are getting a lot of snow this year. Is corolla reliable and safe for winters ? I had a Hyundai Accent earlier which was really light. Could anyone else share their winter experience in corolla ? Would sandbags in the trunk help on icy roads ?
#2 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [neelamsethi]
Dec 07, 2007 (10:49 am)
They are great in the snow. Like 90% of FWD vehicles, though, they are only as good as the tires you put on them.
And NEVER put sandbags in the trunk of a FWD vehicle, unless you enjoy fishtailing. Sandbags are for RWD vehicles only.
#3 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [neelamsethi]
Dec 12, 2007 (7:57 am)
Sand bags in the trunk of a Corolla in winter weather = Bad idea.
#4 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [lostwrench]
Dec 15, 2007 (9:49 am)
And the OEM tires afte 20K miles are just as bad an idea...
#5 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [neelamsethi]
Dec 18, 2007 (6:04 pm)
just make sure you have good snow tires, and drive carefully, and you'll be fine.
#6 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [neelamsethi]
Oct 21, 2008 (9:46 am)
Also an all season tire made for the Corolla work great in the snow. I am on my 2nd Corolla (2003 & 2005 ) and they perform well. If you get stuck, the best way to get out is rock the car, but avoid spinning excessively as much as possible.I have also used kitty litter or Oil Dry under the tires for added traction to get out of a snow rut.
#7 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [robert7676]
Oct 21, 2008 (9:53 am)
Note: The 2009 model of Corolla or newer has optional traction control and this function will have to be switched off before trying to rock your car.
#8 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [terceltom]
Oct 23, 2008 (11:07 am)
Sandbags in the trunk would not be a good idea.
Back in the bad old days, when we drove rear-wheel-drive cars that had heavy engines in the front and little weight in the back, we put sandbags in the rear in the hope of improving rear wheel traction.
Your Corolla, however, is front-wheel-drive. Putting sand bags in the rear would not help.
The most important thing you can do is to buy a second set of wheels and mount snow tires on them. Not all-season tires, but real, honest to goodness snow tires. You'll be amazed at the difference they make.
#9 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [nedzel]
Oct 23, 2008 (12:38 pm)
Just had to throw this in. I had an 85 Corolla with rear wheel drive. Man, that thing was so crazy to drive in the winter and we even put sandbags in it! That car was amazing. It was a hand me down and went through almost everyone in my family. In the end I sold it 6 years ago with 150,000 miles on it and the engine was still going strong. Got $1000 for it!
#10 of 12 Re: Toyota Corolla for winter driving [will26]
Oct 23, 2008 (2:05 pm)
I had an 80 Corolla. It rusted out prematurely, but was otherwise a good car. Sold it in '87. It did fine in the snow, within its limits.