Nokian tires

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Fri Feb 14 16:22:16 EST 2003

At 10:51 AM 02/14/2003 -0600, Gordy_Schesel at wrote:
>In a response to a lister's posting a month or so ago about tire
>preferences, I had mentioned that I had just put on Nokian "all weather
>plus" tires on each of my two Audis.  My opinion has changed somewhat.
>They're OK.  I think they are best in a climate such as New England where
>deep snow is frequent but temperatures are moderate for winter.  Here in
>Minnesota, a more frequent and ongoing condition is very cold temps and icy
>commuter freeways.  If I had it to do over, I would have purchased another
>set of Goodyear Eagles.  They seemed to do better on icy streets, including
>the black-ice which accumulates on intersections, ramps and bridge decks.
>The very cold temps (20 degrees and below) cause the rubber to stiffen up
>too much, reducing the tire surface and sidewall's ability to be pliable
>and grippy.

Are the Eagles a WINTER tire while the Nokian is a YEAR-ROUND tire?  I'm
very happy with the grip (single digit temps) of my Nokian Q's,  but the
dealer told me not to drive to Florida (or anywhere warm) with them because
"they'll melt".  They're specifically designed for icy conditions and have
at least as good a grip as I remember from the days when we were allowed to
run studs in Michigan.

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