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Didn't do Well in Snow!

So today we got 7/8/9 inches of snow sleet mix, took the newly acquired 2009 X out this afternoon, seemed prety good til I tried an unplowed hill up to a high school. Nope, half way up and that was it!! It has 45% worn General Grabbers on it, so is this the issue? My Grand Cherokee with Hankook I-Pikes would have been no problem. Like the X and wonder if tires are big factor for snow with this truck? What say all you experts that have been driving Xterras in snow etc.? Like everything so far about the vehicel except the snow traction part?! Dave
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Has to be the tires. My xterra has been the best vehicle I've ever driven in the snow to date.
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You can't compare a true snow tire against an A/T, they won't stack up well, at all. Most of the A/T's out there how a snowflake or winter rating, but that still will never compare to a true winter tire. Put the Generals on the Cherokee or the I-Pikes on the X and come back to us with a valid comparison. Also, liberal application of the go pedal is good for snowy hills.
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So today we got 7/8/9 inches of snow sleet mix, took the newly acquired 2009 X out this afternoon, seemed prety good til I tried an unplowed hill up to a high school. Nope, half way up and that was it!! It has 45% worn General Grabbers on it, so is this the issue? My Grand Cherokee with Hankook I-Pikes would have been no problem. Like the X and wonder if tires are big factor for snow with this truck? What say all you experts that have been driving Xterras in snow etc.? Like everything so far about the vehicel except the snow traction part?! Dave
Are these the original Grabber tires? If so, They're an aggressive mud-terrain made for tracks vs. a winter tire is bad mojo.

Mud-terrain tires in general are not that great in snow and a AT tire with a lot of sipping will do a lot better but still not as good as winter tires.

Also, their isn't a lot of difference between 4x4 vehicles in snow except for tires. Their will be some electronic traction control differences but it's mostly the shoes themselves that make the difference not so much the vehicle. I use to drive a Mustang year round and had snow tires on it in winter and I got to places in that RWD that 4x4 people with highway tires couldn't.

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Tires Tires Tires..... I'm running Duratracks on the X, and Blizzaks on the Subaru. Unless I'm plowing snow with the Subaru, it'll kick the X's a$$ in the snow.

That said, 4Hi and Duratracks in the snow and it'll go anywhere.... or close to it.
Put a real snow tire on it, and it's game over IMO.


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Many factors could have played a role in my opinion. Although tires probably played a significant one, if your non-winter tires couldn't achieve grip, I'd say most any 4WD would have struggled at least a bit in the conditions you're describing.

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Grabbers aren't tires. Put some Revo2's on.

If you're "Feeling the Bern", I'd get checked out for STD's.
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Grabbers aren't tires. Put some Revo2's on.
Yeah I heard grabbers are made from recycled condoms and tampon applicators
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