My 147 has been absolutely HOPELESS in the snow.
Yesterday, I went out to work in the evening (night shift
not fun) and on the compacted sheen of ice on about a 2 degree incline I could go NOWHERE. The wheels span and span regardless of what gear I used or how little throttle..I blocked an entire road and required assistance from bystanders to get going.
I got about 200 yards, at which point I became a total passenger at about 5mph as the car slide down the camber of the road to clobber the curb of the pavement with the left front.
At this point I called on a mate with a 4x4 to help me out and limped my 147 home.
Oh, and during the fruitless wheel spinning endevours I got VDC and ABS warning lights on.
Humilatingly terribly bad
I'm not sure what the problem was. I tried everything..I turned the traction control off...no better. I obviously didn't use first but tried 2nd and keeping the revs as lol as possible.
And when I did manage to get going the total lack of control at even single figure speeds was quite terrifying. Only good thing was the ABS was pretty effective...until the warning light came on.
The worst part was that other people in all sorts of crappy little cars were toddling by me without any problems on the same stretch.
I'm gonna blame the tyres I think...Michelen Pilots on 17in sports alloys...They are pretty worn down on the tread, and it's a pretty "sporty" low profile tyre to begin with.
Seriously..it's enough to make me think my next car should be a Subaru