Seattle Tesla Drivers, do you get winter tires?

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Brand new Model 3 owner here. Took delivery a little less than two weeks ago. Now, I am rabidly looking at threads and forum posts and news about Model 3, and I see that Tesla now offers a winter tire package.

Specifically, those of you in the Seattle area, would you get the winter tires for your RWD Tesla? As you know, we hardly live in the frozen tundra, we are lucky to get three days of snow a year. And I don't really drive far, I work from a home office, so the furthest I would drive in winter would probably be to the airport for a flight.

Also, I have the 19" sport wheels. If I do get the winter package, do I need to get 19" wheels as well? Or can I go with the cheaper aero 18"? Pardon the naivete, but this is the first RWD vehicle I owned since moving to Washington. Everything else has been FWD or 4WD.

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Brand new Model 3 owner here. Took delivery a little less than two weeks ago. Now, I am rabidly looking at threads and forum posts and news about Model 3, and I see that Tesla now offers a winter tire package.

Specifically, those of you in the Seattle area, would you get the winter tires for your RWD Tesla? As you know, we hardly live in the frozen tundra, we are lucky to get three days of snow a year. And I don't really drive far, I work from a home office, so the furthest I would drive in winter would probably be to the airport for a flight.

Also, I have the 19" sport wheels. If I do get the winter package, do I need to get 19" wheels as well? Or can I go with the cheaper aero 18"? Pardon the naivete, but this is the first RWD vehicle I owned since moving to Washington. Everything else has been FWD or 4WD.

Thanks in advance.
I've only ever lived in the PNW and have never had snow tires.
If you have the sport wheels, and want to get the winter wheel/tire package, you could do either the 18s or 19s (but think most people would do the 18s for winter wheels), you would not need to keep with the 19s for a second set of wheels.
 
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No I haven't, which is why I am asking. The previous vehicles were a Honda Pilot with 4WD, and a SAAB with FWD. We also now have a Ford F150 with 4WD. For the 4WD there were always M/S rated tires on them. The SAAB was rarely out during the infrequent snow days. But even then we would see loss of traction as it was a manual shift, and sometimes first gear was just too much torque. So now with the Model 3, I have a ton of torque, and RWD, hence the question. My last RWD car was a 1987 Mustang GT. That was in Southern California, and yes, that thing would spin if you goose the accelerator in any wet pavement.
 

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This is really simple: do you have to be able to drive around town when it's snowing - if it snows at all? Or are you OK with waiting until the roads are plowed on those rare occasions? If the former, get snow tires in the winter. Otherwise, no need. Doesn't seem worth it to me - especially since you don't need to drive to get to work. (And even if you did, most Seattle area employers are pretty flexible about work arrangements when it snows.)

As for me - I'm picking up my AWD this weekend and will get snow tires when winter comes. This is because I take my kids up to the mountains to play in the snow, and while AWD plus all-season tires is usually good enough for that—and a million times better than chaining up a FWD or RWD in the slush by the side of the freeway—I'm really looking forward to the vastly better traction of real snow tires.
 

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Got a PM3 coming with 20" and summer tires so that's not going to work in the winter here.
Scored some 18" Aero wheels and tires take off's on ebay.
All season tires.
Now I just need a car!!!!
Help me Elon you are my only hope.
 
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Well the confirmed data is all based on measurements. I don't think anyone has actually tried them.
I will wait until someone does this or I get my PM3.