Thank you.If anything, for most drivers, autos are better than manuals in the snow. You can let the 'engine creep' get you moving then gently apply the throttle and you'll be away.
I seem to remember the 166 has an ice mode, use that too.
I remember once getting snowed-in when at the in-laws who then lived at the bottom of a hill. I knew once I got up the hill and onto the main road it would be plain sailing but the 164 (with auto box) just couldn't get its summer tyres to grip at all on the snow, no matter how gently I applied throttle. I couldn't wait for the snow to melt as I had a ferry to catch.
I turned the car around and managed to reverse up the hill. Going at it that way put more weight over the driven wheels and it was just enough to grip. Luckily it was a short hill, I wouldn't like to have driven the rest of the journey in reverse
Thank you! I have to be out of here by 7.30 on Friday morning to go to uni and it's a long way before I hit a gritted road.We have an auto 166 3.0 and it's fine in snow. I just use less throttle and, as commented above, let it creep as much as I can.
People criticise the weight of the V6 in the nose but it does have advantages, traction in snow being the main one!
Sorry, but it just isn't so. Helical gears can transmit their design torque just as effectively as straight-cut gears - they don't "slip".Forward gears are Helical and prone to slip, reverse is straight cut (thus the whine)... It means that all the torque at low revs can be transmitted through the box so you don't slip.
Many many years ago an uncle who had emigrated to Canada came back to the UK for a visit in winter and had a hire car. It snowed, so knowing he needed to get up a couple of steep hills to visit his dad he dumped a load of weight in the boot of the car.......unfortunately he didn't realise that it was a front wheel drive! Oooops!The reason for reversing up a slope in a front wheel drive is to get more weight on the driven wheels; however, if you can't move forwards you may have some difficulty in turning round.
There is a, now less commonly-held, belief that cars climb steep hills better (in normal conditions) in reverse than in first gear which dates back to the Model Y Ford. The Model T's tramsission used band clutches to transmit the drive. When the car had covered a high mileage the slow speed (first gear) band could be worn enough to slip on steep inclines while the less-used reverse band would still be able transmit enough power to get up the hill.