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Unread 03-23-2008, 06:52 AM   #1
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UK Compass in the Easter snow

We had between 3 and 5 inches of snow overnight, I managed to find plenty of snow on the Yorkshire Wolds while out taking photographs.

The UK version of the Compass has awful "Summer grade" Continental tyres, that look completely unsuited to giving much grip on anything but dry tarmac. The Compass was totally sure-footed and didn't slip, slide or spin even though there was ice under much of the snow. I didn't select the permanent 4 wheel drive, just letting the automatic switching send drive to the rear wheels if necessary. I only once detected it's kicking in (literally, you feel a slight jolt as the rear wheels give drive) and that was when setting off on a slight incline at a junction.

I don't have the same faith in the Compass as I did in my old Cherokee with mud terrain tyres, but equally it will get you from A to B and back again in the snow.

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Unread 03-23-2008, 07:09 AM   #2
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The mechanicals in the MK's work great and I agree that tires are the weakest link in the chain. It's why I've tried to stress tread pattern over height or width.

How about some pics using the image insert at Photobucket or something similar?
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Unread 03-23-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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I was busy photographing the landscape, there was a flat 3 - 5 inches of snow, so pictures of the Compass would have been a bit pointless. There were no snow drifts or anything too exciting.

Those Continental tyres on the UK Compass are a pain, the size is 215 55 R18 and not many tyres are made in that size. The Continental tyres are expensive too, around 50% more expensive than BFG Mud Terrains that have a lot more rubber in them!

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I was busy photographing the landscape, there was a flat 3 - 5 inches of snow, so pictures of the Compass would have been a bit pointless. There were no snow drifts or anything too exciting.

Those Continental tyres on the UK Compass are a pain, the size is 215 55 R18 and not many tyres are made in that size. The Continental tyres are expensive too, around 50% more expensive than BFG Mud Terrains that have a lot more rubber in them!

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Dave, I just like pics of the UK country side.

They didn't do us any favors by putting the 18's on the Compass. I do like my chrome rims and if I stay with them I'll be going with the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza 235/55R18, very spendy but go on sale in the Fall. If I can get a set of 16" Patriot rims I'll be going with either Firestone Destination A/T's or Pirelli Scorpion ATR's in a 235/70R16's. Much better pricing. I just put the Firestone's on the wife's Grand and they're wonderful in the snow and ice!
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Unread 03-23-2008, 08:58 AM   #5
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we just got hit with about the same amount of snow Friday night here in Michigan

and while my Rallye's tires aren't the greatest for snow either - it sure made for a less stressful drive - I've thought about replacing the tires - but have noticed the lack of selection for my size - and I love my black 18" wheels too much to replace them with something else yet.
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