ION Tires - crap?

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by NoSetFine, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. NoSetFine

    NoSetFine Guest

    Anyone else find their stock ION.3 tires to be virtually useless in all but
    perfectly dry conditions?

    The slightest bit of wet, and I'm slip sliding awayyy-heyyyy. Snow? Forget
    it. Already got stuck once in my driveway while my wife's '01 all-season
    equipped Honda just pounced right on through. Time for some winters, I
    guess, then some new all-seasons in the spring.

    bleah. I also had to replce the wipers early on because they sucked too -
    don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Saturn, but I would have preferred they
    charged me the few hundred it would have cost them for quality parts, or
    tell me up front where they've cut corners, instead of letting me figure it
    out on my own at the end of my driveway, swearing at my shovel at 6:00am...

    NoSetFine, Dec 8, 2003
  2. NoSetFine

    Guest Guest

    What is the tire pressure? As this can make a BIG difference.
    Guest, Dec 8, 2003
  3. NoSetFine

    Skid Guest

    I don't have an ION, but wider tires are worse in snow, in my opinion,
    all-season tires aren't for snow-belt areas. My first tires in my 95SL2 we
    terrible in rain and snow, when I got the car at 3-years old; got rid of
    them after the first snow storm. A guy I know just got an 04 Toyota Corolla,
    and he said the tires were bad on ice and snow. If you are keeping your car,
    it's worth it to have a second set of winter tires, as sooner or later, you
    will need to get new tires, and your all-seasons will last longer.
    Skid, Dec 9, 2003
  4. I've found the Firehawk tires on my QC to be fairly good on snow/ice,
    actually. Though it probably depends on the particular conditions - deep
    snow may be more of a problem, but we don't get much of that here..

    As far as the wipers, apparently the angle of the wiper arms can tend to
    cause the wiper blades to chatter - there's a TSB about it, they're supposed
    to have some new wiper arms that work better.
    Robert Hancock, Dec 9, 2003
  5. NoSetFine

    clutch Guest


    My buddy always had monster tires on his 4x4 until winter when he
    plowed snow to make ends meet. Then he was back to 78 - 83 series
    narrow tires.

    clutch, Dec 11, 2003
  6. NoSetFine

    Chris Seal Guest

    My ION3 tires are fine on the snow, and ice, and rain.

    Replaced the chattering wipers with Canadian Tire winter teflons. Purrfectly
    quiet now.

    Only problem is, notice that the stock driver's side wiper had a foil. The
    replacements don't, and I've noticed the driver's side blade lifting at
    highway speeds.

    Chris in Ottawa
    Chris Seal, Dec 12, 2003
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