Saab in the snow: Does the tire always have to be expensive?

In winter it is important that the person wears good shoes and the car has good tires. Only, what are good tires? Does it have to be a high price tire or is it cheaper?

I deliberately chose no Michelin or other well-known brands this winter. Vredestein should be, to be precise: the Wintrac Xtreme (Link) 235/45 R18. The tire was recommended to me by my tire dealer, he himself had worked as a Saab mechanic in a workshop for a long time and knows the Swedes well. He recommends Vredestein in winter to everyone who doesn't have to have one of the three top names. "There they are great, in summer don't touch the Ultrac Sessanta, they tend to deform."

What exactly should be special about the tire and better, you can follow on various pages. But how does he drive himself the Dutchman?

It holds like a 1 on a dry road, no slipping in the curves ... and when braking? Well, that's just my feeling, yes it holds like a Michelin. So no problems in the dry. Also, the tire is not spongy or too hard, the driving comfort is given, and the rolling noise is slightly higher than in summer, but these are not so distinctive that it is annoying.

It's nice when it's dry ... and when it rains? Because, to be honest, we have more rain than snow here in northern Switzerland or in the Freiburg region ;-).

Review Vredestein
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme

With a lot of rain, he drives slightly spongy but very safe, very well. Luckily I did not have to do a full braking, but the braking characteristics are good. And now to the king discipline, snow and ice.

In snow, the tire really grabs it, it holds - has grip and is fun to drive. The rolling noise is slightly higher than with the premium brands, but still quite good. Braking, as usual on snow, is not the fastest way to brake. But it holds up well and saved me from two or three tricky situations. So I'm happy with the tire and it's a real alternative to the premium brands.

SAAB Turbo X tire test

To test, I have to say that I've done it with my Saab 9-3 TurboX, the XWD was on and has certainly helped.

Now I have written that the tire is okay, am I alone? No, he has passed several tests as a winner and repeatedly turned out to be a solid tire. But he is not as expensive as Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear and Michelin because of his lesser acquaintance. The Vredestein tire now costs CHf 239.- on the websites and € 207.- in Germany.

I got a good tip from my tire dealer. Buy tires from winter in summer, then prices are lowest and summer tires at the end of the old year. So I've been happy to save 15% -20% this year


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14 thoughts on "Saab in the snow: Does the tire always have to be expensive?"

  • Hello,

    I chose a Nokian WRD3 this winter (205 / 55 / HR 16) for a Saab 95 TiD.

    and I have to say the tire is better from the Michelin I had on the car in the season before!
    I just noticed it today!

  • 235 he in the winter? FANCY !
    Only a little bit of pressure on a square centimeter.

    • Yes 235 in winter, I know they are wide but it hangs without problems

      Lg yves

  • Something quality is already worth it!
    I have now installed the Continental Winter 2/9 3 on my 2.8-05.2009 235T XWD (40) for the second winter. Here in the mountains, mostly on snow, I have had very good experiences. Because of the unusual dimensions - but on Saab original rims! Is it a bit more expensive - at Reifen-direct approx. CHF 19.-
    The only "downer" on a dry road, it runs after every lane 🙁

    André Hirschi
    Davos Platz

    • 19 ″ in winter ?? nice but what can you do in summer?

      • also 19 ″ - ex works that was called in the 2009 XWD Sport Package 19 J
        I don't know if this option was only available in Switzerland - but tom knows that for sure 🙂

        By the way, as I said - I live in Davos at 1560 m above sea level. I have a lot of snow in it is even more fun and lasts well!

  • I'm always driven by conviction Michelin, as an alternative would be for me only the Nokian in question.

    But next summer is sure to come:

    My AERO still has the factory tires in the form of Continental Sport Contact2 on the summer rims. And then I'm still thinking - again the Michelin Primacy HP or a Nokian or a new Conti model? As an infrequent driver (9 TKM per year), mileage is not so important to me, more noise (!) And wet adhesion. Does anyone have a good alternative in 225 / 45-17?

  • hi,
    Unfortunately, the vredestein's are notorious and can be rubbed off as quickly as an eraser. if you take the longevity of a michelin and compare it with the vredestein, the price is put into perspective again.
    am very satisfied with my michelin's on my saab convertible and they really last a lot longer than anything i have driven before.
    dear greetings alexander

  • Hi,
    I have also had the best experiences with the here relatively unknown Nokian winter tire, both on my 9-3 Aero Cabrio and on my XC90 - here even as summer tires in the dimension 19 ".
    Have fun on the fresh snowy roads

  • My wife has a 9-3 SC Bj.09. We have the Dunlop 4D, rarely a better driven.
    And to get far below 207 € price, but is probably synonymous to the tire size.
    The Vredestein on our other Sweden were ok, but are very quickly worn :-(

  • I drive a 9-5 SC 2.3t Hirsch, I have ordered for this winter falcons of dimension 225 / 45 / 17, on dry and wet roads is the tire top. On snowy roads rather scanty, so even with slight gradients ESP must be turned off so that a move forward is possible!
    Will change again next winter on Nokian, although have loud rolling noise for the traction on snow is very good.

    Greetings from Central Switzerland

    • The Nokian tires mounted on my 9-3X deer are relatively quiet.

      Also greetings from Central Switzerland

  • In the northern German lowlands you could get by with summer tires even in winter - SAAB automobiles are designed to be “inherently” winter-proof.

    Obviously it rides with tires that are made for the winter months, even better and safer - this is also inevitable because of the insurance regulations!

    I can recommend all-season tires from Hankook for the 9-5 I as completely sufficient - these tires not only cope with all weather conditions, they are also extremely quiet (they are the only ones with the blue environmental angel in terms of noise development).

  • Vredestein tires are certainly not bad, price and performance are right. I bought a Nokian WR A3 XL for my Saab. Am also very covered by the tire, also here is the price and performance. So far, I can not say anything negative about it.

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