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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-25-2017, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Snow driving with the GLE43

We had our first good snow yesterday. Anyway, the wife and I went to breakfast for what I call an interesting drive. I had a 2015 ML350 that was very good in the snow but I can honestly say the GLE43 is not the same. For starters, I spent four years in the Nordic and the rest of the time in the Midwest so I know how to drive snow. Obviously, the tires are the issue and I'm not going to buy a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta's for my pride and joy. BTW, my wife's 2016 E400 coupe goes through the snow with zero issues. Oh well.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 10:52 AM
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Snow tires are a must for me no matter what car I get because the risk of sliding is just not worth taking IMO. Once tried driving through a storm in all seasons and it wasn't fun. Doesn't have to be the best out there, but an average set still makes a difference. But this does give you a reason to commandeer your wife's E400 coupe more often when it snows.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 12:35 PM
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Bridgestone Blizzaks have always been my go to winter tires and regardless of which vehicle I put them on, they always impress!
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I've been thinking of giving the Continental WinterContact tires a try, a change from the usual Michelin. They're pretty affordable and said to have accurate steering and great snow acceleration.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 03:33 PM
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I have a 2017 GLE43, with its stock 20" rim and all-season tires, I wasn't able to get on the driveway at my rented place at Tahoe last winter.
I would like to get snow tires this year. Dealer suggests me to keep using stock rims, and get additional set of snow tires (4 rubbers). They will charge $120 twice a year to swap rubbers for me. The advantage is cheaper up front, I don't have to buy 4 rims, with 4 TPMS sensors. However somewhere online I read that it is better to get 1 inch smaller dedicated rims for snow tires.

I am glad to find this thread. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Also, will 19" rim work with the super-sized calibers on AMG43?
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A good source for fitment is Tire Rack. Wheel offset is another factor to consider.
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We had our first good snow yesterday. Anyway, the wife and I went to breakfast for what I call an interesting drive. I had a 2015 ML350 that was very good in the snow but I can honestly say the GLE43 is not the same. For starters, I spent four years in the Nordic and the rest of the time in the Midwest so I know how to drive snow. Obviously, the tires are the issue and I'm not going to buy a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta's for my pride and joy. BTW, my wife's 2016 E400 coupe goes through the snow with zero issues. Oh well.
Have you tried with Snow chains?
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