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Hi tcbw, if you haven't driven in "real" winter conditions before I recommend studded one's.
I've been driving in Helsinki with friction tyres for the past 6 winters without any big problems.

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hei there, I thought I'd join the thread, as I'm a Brit living in Finland - does that count?

I have a 2006 dark silver/black MCS, with no aftermarket treatment whatsover, on Italian plates [an Italian Job!] (I'm in the process of importing); it's a thrill but a bit harsh on the Helsinki cobbles with the 17's. Would love to hear about your experience in winter, with studded/friction tyres. My other car's all wheel drive so not an issue.
Welcome! Since, I am in Texas, it would probably be better if you listen to ToniM on the winter conditions.

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Tcbw, how long have you been in Finland? I hear it's been cool this summer. Are you a permanent resident of Finland or temporary? Not that it matters. Finlands a beautiful place to be. I miss the summers the most, but I liked the winters also. Have you joined one of the MINI clubs yet? Share some of your experiences with us.
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Our little MINI was born Monday August 4th, woohoo!! Currently at Southampton waiting to board a ship. There are two ships scheduled to dock and depart Southampton (08/08), hopefully there will be a small spot for a Texas bound MINI.
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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 11th, 2008, 12:08 PM
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Kiitos, I know it's still August but the weather's been miserable (again).

I'm a long term resident (married to a Finn) and have been happily driving various mostly front wheel drive cars since 2000 without studs - I don't like the road noise - but given the extra power of the MCS, I suppose that studded tyres are the right choice?

The guys at Vianor suggest the Nokian HKP5 on 16's. Not a big deal, just wondering what you're running. In the meantime, the wet-weather grip on the OEM Pirelli Euphoria runflats seems a bit inconsistent.

I'll try and find some nice roads, get some decent pictures to post!
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Hei tcbw, at least with a rainy August you'll have a lot of mushrooms and berries to pick!!
Go to Punkaharju, I always liked the scenary there, great for pics.
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Here are a couple of pics of our Hilla - a 2009 JCW!
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I'll try to get some better pics to post later!
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Kiitos sikamini, I'd better stick that in my TomTom.
I'll wait for a nice day so that I can post some pictures of a clean car, even with DS/B colour scheme, it's pretty grubby right now after all this rain
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Well we survived hurricane Ike. Houston is a mess, but the coast and Galveston are even worse. We were 8 days without power, I hope there is a lesson to learn from this. There is still over 30 percent of the Houston area without power, maybe they'll figure out you need to put utilities underground to minimize damage during this kind of event.

PS Hilla is fine with no damage from Ike!

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I've ordered some Nokia HPL5 kitkarenkaat on 16" five-spoked alloys from Vianor (1000e all in); given the power, I reckon studs make sense, but since these are NRF, I'd need a pump and can of sealant; any ideas?
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and another thing: is there a decent place in the Helsinki area which can fix a badly kerbed alloy wheel?
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Toni,
You were right, the studs - even on the latest generation NHPL5 - are harsh and noisy, but the car does ride better and feel a lot more pointy on the narrower tyres!
Seems that the 17's with run flats are simply too big for the car...
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