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996C4 Cab and Snow time...

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Hi guys,

I have a question for thos of you who lives in snowy countries.

I am going to take for the first time my C4 Cab to the Alpes in France for a 1 week ski holidays. Could you please give me some advice regarding any things I should take care of such as:

Any special care for the roof top. I don't have a hardtop, this is the usual standard black soft-top?

I believe I will need some snow chains. Do you think I could use auto socks (http://www.autosock.co.uk/) or is this not working and I shoud purchase the Porsche snow chains?

Anything else I may have forgotten?

Thanks for your help and time.


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intersted to hear other people experience, but my guess is: you are in uk so have summer tires which will be undrivable with more than 0.5in of snow (tried on mountain road on my C4s). if there is snow, sign "chains", and you have accident then you will have very long debate with your insurer as they are unlikely to cover you (or will try to make that case).

P.S. remember that from Calais to about Paris there are cops who love to stop brits on fast cars

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If you have summer tires you really don't wsnt to do drive it in the mountains, particularly if there is any chance of snow. When I first got my C4 it had P-Zero's, on the first slight snow I tried to drive it and it was quite dangerous. Even without snow these tires get extremely hard when the temperature is below 40F and have nowhere near the adhesion you have grown to expect. I guess chains would be helpful, but are cumbersome, particularly if there is only a slight amount of snow. What yu really need is winter tires. I use Dunlop Winter sports, and they are great in the cold and snow. I have driven them in 4-6" and never erally had a problem. Other brands like Blizzaks are also supposed to be quite good, the rubber compounds in these tires are made for cold conditions.

I guess if you live somewhere that does not get regular snow in the winter, winter tires may not be worth the cost, but don't risk your car on summer tires in these conditions.

also, Porsche has recommendations and specs for approved winter tires.

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