Winter Tires Installed – Bring On The Snow!

Normally, I don’t brother installing winter tires on my cars because I used to live in Richmond, which is flat as a pancake. Generally, all season tires will do just fine if you don’t drive much and stick to the main roads. Now that I live 300 meters above sea level on a heavily sloped mountainside in the Properties of West Vancouver, I had to give in and put four Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 on the recently purchased Acura MDX. I purchased the MDX because I knew West Van gets a lot snow during the winter months and all wheel drive would be a huge advantage. However, Sarah insisted on installing winter tires as well.

Replacing the award winning Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3, the DM-V1 features Bridgestoneโ€™s proprietary Nano-Pro-Tech rubber compound and Multicell technology to disperse surface water and improve grip. A directional tread pattern and 3-D sipes enhance dry performance and continuous lug design and Center Multi-Z tread grooves in the DM-V1 increase traction in the snow and ice.

The new Blizzak has been on for only one day but I’m really impressed with the ride and handling. The tires are a bit louder than the all seasons that came with the MDX and the ride is a bit hasher, but overall, it’s amazing and you would swear they were stock all seasons if I didn’t tell you. I’m sure they’ll prove their worth when the snow falls this weekend. Here’s a video of the old Blizzak DM-Z3 on an AWD 300C.

Here’s a video comparing winter tires to all seasons and summer tires. Sarah said it’s a good thing I got the new winter tires installed because our driveway is five times longer and steeper than the driveway in the video.

45 thoughts on “Winter Tires Installed – Bring On The Snow!”

  1. Kevin Pasco says:

    I was JUST about to ask you what SUV you bought John! Nice!

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      Nowaday, new 4×4 don’t need to get winter tires installed thanks to the new technology ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Kevin Pasco says:

        You obviously don’t live in Calgary then… ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. You might need winter tires where John lives.

        1. ughhh, I remember having to put winter tires and chains on the tires when I lived in Germany. I could care less to ever see snow again!! It’s the end of December and here in Orlando, Florida it’s still 80 degrees. Nice and warm.:)

  2. Ben Jacques says:

    Ugh I wrecked my car last year around this time on some ice. Completely ripped off the front right tire.

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  3. Domaining says:

    Nice – good call – I’ve heard snow tires make a big difference. Living in Los Angeles I don’t think I’ll ever need them but still good to know ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Themes says:

      They make a huge difference. It can mean getting into an accident or avoiding one

  4. Thank god we get very little snow here where i am

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      Lucky you. It usually snow at this time where I live, but this year, it doesn’t snow yet…

  5. The car seems run smoothly in snow.

  6. Gerlaine says:

    You have now convinced me to get winter tires!

    1. Where do you live Gerlaine ?

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        As I said above, if you plan to get a new car, especially 4×4, you won’t need to install winter tires thanks to a new technology…

        1. John Chow says:

          You obviously donโ€™t live in Calgary then!

          1. Wow, no, not even winter tires will help in that situation, you have to at least dig out first.

  7. chester says:

    I guess you would need that being in West Van. I’m downtown Vancouver. Big difference, snow-wise.

  8. wow. i wish i could be there. In my place we hardly can see snow

    1. Harry says:

      You don’t ever want to, it’s cold. I’ve seen it like a few times. Thankfully I live south where it doesn’t snow too much.

  9. Now I got a new saying “I’m having a Range Rover sport tire kind of day!” We just got dumped on the last couple of days here in Calgary and there are a ton of people running to find better tires and new replacement bumpers now!

  10. mama bok says:

    Would you mind letting me know how much you paid for yours.. ?? we just had a bad snowstorm here in Nova Scotia 2 days ago, and we wanted to put in some Michelin’s ones. But since you recommended these bridgestones ones.. i’ll get the “ang moh” to look into it. thanks.

    1. John Chow says:

      They would have cost $1250CAD out the door for size 255/55/18 but no one had them in stock. I ended up getting them at Discount Tire in Everett, WA. The price came to $829US out the door and we got to do some Christmas shopping at the outlet mall.

      Discount tire is out of stock on the DM-V1. Not a single store have them. I took the last 4.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        It’s strange you don’t get a 4×4 car that doesn’t need to get winter installed on it, thanks to new technology…

        1. Kevin Pasco says:

          This is the third time you’ve stated this incredibly irrelevant and annoying fact which isn’t even true.

          A friend of mine just bought a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan which has “Advanced STM (Stability Management)” but it’s on all-seasons.

          The dealership claims that because of the STM you won’t need winter tires but compared to my AWD truck, the van sucks.

          I can literally power through 3 feet of snow at 10km/h and not get stuck a single time. It’s great ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. John Chow says:

          Did you even see the video above? Doesn’t matter how much tech a 4×4 has if the tires have no traction. The entire point of the video above. An older lower tech SUV with Winter tires got up the driveway. A state of the art Land Rover, consider the best off road SUV in the world, can’t make it up the driveway with non winter tires. So much for tech!

  11. I live in the Philly area and I used to put Blizzaks on my G35 in the winter. They made my RWD coupe feel like an AWD crossover!

  12. Awesome tires I`ve got to have one ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. fas says:

    Michelin makes better tyres, period.!

  14. B7 says:

    Wow. It seems like they are finding uses for nanotech everywhere.

    By the way, Vancouver is awesome! Hope you are enjoying it!

  15. Nick Aviles says:

    Lots of snow in my area. Need to get some winter tires as well.

  16. Mama BoK says:

    Ahhh.. thanks John.. i will pass on your input to the “ang moh”.

  17. oes tsetnoc says:

    WOw i wish i can also enjoy the snow

    in my city no snow at all ๐Ÿ™

  18. Melvin says:

    only reminds me more of Christmas because of snow.. lols

  19. rohn smith says:

    I never face that much snow where i stay .but this car looks really good

  20. EarningStep says:

    100% i won’t drive a car at the snowy day. lucky me , Indonesian don’t have any snowy day

  21. Best of luck with those tires. Winter is definitely getting into full swing, with the midwest getting hammered with cold/sleet/snow over the last couple days.

  22. I love living in South Africa. Johannesburg, the city I reside in, sees a touch of snow maybe once every ten to fifteen years. I have spent some time in the mountains though, and driving through snow ain’t fun, so best you equip yourself with the best tools for the job.

  23. We get way more snow than Vancouver and I’ve found my all-season tires on my Jeep to be sufficient. Just as long as I kick in the 4×4 during a storm, it’s pretty much the same as having winter tires.

  24. Shay says:

    Great Video John. Its about time for me to get some new tires too. I was thinking michelin or good year. What ever you do stay away from firestone.

  25. That was one thing that astonished me when I moved to the UK, nobody used “seasonal tires”, something completely normal in my native Germany. Now we have moved back to the continent and hubby still insists in using the same tires all year round, arrggghhh! SY

  26. David says:

    Enjoy the West Van Hills John!

    I enjoyed the last video. I was hoping for a snowfall like last year, I personally enjoyed it, my raised 4runner became a taxi as it was the perfect vehicle for the snow!

  27. Barbara says:

    Tell Sarah she is one smart woman!! Living in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) I find most people here don’t have all-seasons, let alone Winter tires. And you can tell whenever we get a skiff of snow here. People are sliding all over the place. I stay home when it snows just so these idiots don’t hit me!! Thanks, John, for listening to your wife!!

  28. Todd Hebert says:

    It has been a busy year for us with Winter tires

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