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Winter Tire Recommendations for 453 in NYC

My 453 makes it possible to park in 10' parking spots in Brooklyn. No more parking woes. I love it. However, with just 2-4 inches of wet snow on the ground last night, it was a struggle. I needed to find a much larger spot on a side street in order to get over the snow. My rear, nearly new, Conti 185/60's spun and the car rotated in response, nearly causing a low speed collision.

My local tire places scratch their heads when I ask for 165/60 winter tires for the front. What would the likely result be if I put 185/60 R15's winter tires on all around? Would it be bad to only swap the rear tires for winter tires?

Does anyone have experience with temporary tire chains (strap chains) to get in or out of a parking spot on a 453?

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Winter Tires

The Smart 453 comes with 185/60R15 rear and 165/65R15 front tires as standard. ie. not 165/60

If you can't get a matched pair of winter tires in these sizes, simply fit 185/60R15 winter tires all round. They fit fine on the 5" front rims.
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