Originally Posted by SubLGT
So true. Apparently, a lot of people don't realize that winter tires need breaking in for several hundred miles before they can achieve maximum traction.
Case in point, this customer review at tirerack of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires with only 100 miles on them:
"I checked Consumer Reports before I ordered these tires: Michelin X-Ice Xi3's. ............ We just had a snow, then rain, freeze overnight, with snow again. So, this is the first time today that I have actually used them on snow and ice. They are great on snow, but not so much on ice. I slid about 10 feet on one road, and when I started to go on a green light, the tires spun and went sideways. I learned very quickly to stop about 20 feet behind another car and to not go over 20 mph on the ice!..........."
It's one of those things in the back of your head though. Because if they are defective, and you are past a certain grace period, especially if you don't drive those few hundred miles right after you get them, you may never get your money back. You never know =) I'm glad it worked out.