I'm sorry but I wasn't asking for advice on if I should get winter tires. I live in Ottawa, Canada, and I'm well aware of my needs in the winter time. I KNOW these tires aren't good enough - they aren't designed primarily for snow. If someone feels safe driving all seasons in heavy snow in Detroit, all the power to them; but to be honest, that's not safe and is borderline lunacy.
Winter tires SHOULD be law in many more places than it already is, after witnessing people attempt to drive in poor conditions with inadequate tools.
Couldn't agree more.. I live in Ottawa too, and am from the east coast. I wouldn't go winters in either place without winter tires, and I've driven other cars (rental or not) that have all seasons. It's an absolutely huge difference, and when it comes down to it, it's not really _that_ expensive for the safety: your 3 season all seasons will last much longer, and you can switch tires each season yourself (30 mins tops).
There was someone that fit 15" tires on their FFE on rfd.. I'm very tempted by 15" (shipped & mounted on wheels already by tire rack to the border = cheap!) but may just go for 16", we'll see.
Still waiting for my FFE