you will all ways have less grip in the wet, more so after a couple of days of sun. Having a big engine makes things worse as you've got all that power gonig to 2 wheels and they will just spin and/or slide.
I find that the car will slide quite easily in the wet, but i am on 185 rubber which may be ok for the 1.6 but not the tractor engine. I changed the tyres up on my previous 145 and it made night and day difference in the wet.
Don't think I'll change the tyres until next year. We have to change to winter tyres in November so I will have to put the cross tyres on then anyway.
When do you other Scandinavian countries have to change tyres and what tyres do you use? How much does it cost to get the wheels re-balanced etc? Any winter driving techniques would also be appreciated
Siro, is it your first winter in Finland? It will be something to wait for, but bad for your Alfa, I'm afraid!
I'd recommend buying a second set of wheels (not just tyres) with as *narrow* M+S tyres as you legally can (or your ego tolerates?). Buy the tyres with spikes. The narrower tyres will anyway have more weight/cm2 and the spikes will work more efficiently. Next thing, get a "block heater" installed (or whatever it's called in decent english) which warms your V6 during the night and you won't pop-off your head gaskets first thing after a cold night. After starting, drive easily, don't push before the engine and the suspension have reached some reasonable temperature - but this is written in the manual already, I know, sorry
Then wax you car - you'll see some salt on the streets.
Have fun and enjoy driving in the snow . It beats many things!
All good points. Actually it's my second winter of driving in Finland. I have two sets of wheels already but wanted to keep the alloys on (but with the winter tyres). Also got the heater but nowhere to plug it in unfortunately as I live in an apartment with no parking space.