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My 2014 Cruze was new last winter, and I immediately noticed that the stock tires I had were the worst I'd experienced in the snow. I had considered winter tires before, living in Michigan, but that was the final straw. I got a set of Michelin X-Ice, and couldn't have been happier. With our mild winter so far, I haven't bothered to switch them out, but I will get around to it.

While I was happy with the Michelins, I had no point of comparisons other than to say they're worlds better than all seasons. I found the car and driver article linked below pretty interesting. I think it's worth a read for anyone who is considering a set of winter rubber or might be on the fence. They seemed to like my choice, but the bottom line was that even the "wrong" winter tire was an improvement over even high-end all seasons.

Who else drives on Winters?

Winter-Tire Test: Six Top Brands Tested, Compared – Feature – Car and Driver
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I replaced my ECO tires @36000 miles in Oct 2014. I was afraid of a brutal winter with those tires on. I ended up replacing with Triple Treds at first and after @ 1000 miles I couldn't stand the way my Eco responded to the TTs so I went back to the Assurances. Now looking at @62000 miles on the car and I am not sure about this winter with them on since I easily do water burn outs with all the rain we have had in the last few weeks. Honestly I will be in Vietnam in @ a month and I hope the brutality of a snowy winter in Cinti. holds off until I am gone. For that and my son who is a new driver will "have" mom's car since she is going to VN before us. This morning the wife asked me to check her tires for winter driving bc she is afraid of slip sliding in bad weather in her 2005 Malibu Classic. FYI she has Firestone 710s on her car not sure of how much mileage on 710s at most @20000 miles.
 

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My parents have a 2005 Malibu Classic as well. Theirs is the 2.2L 4 cylinder. 185k miles and the car just keeps going with minimal maintenance.
Yup that 2.2 and the GM N body is one of those cars that will last forever. That is probably why they stopped making it. Never had to replace the **** things. That is why I miss my 2002 Alero with the 2.2! My son who just started driving is driving my wife's Classic and wanted to know if I could find him an Alero or Grand Am for a first car! He likes the size and driveability and knowing dad car work on it for him. Before he started driving and driving the Classic, he wanted a Scion TC. Doesn't get the best MPG but easy to drive!
 
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