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    Default C5 X7 snow questions - chains and diesel

    Thinking of going to the snowy in the C5 for the first time.

    Being my first Cit, and first diesel, two variables come to mind :

    - can it fit chains? 2010 Comfort model with hydroIII, tyres 225/55-17. Some sites say 90 size chains, others say 100. The manual makes no reference to chains, and there is no specific mention that I could find on the interweb.

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    - does it really need winter diesel? Perisher will reach 4 degrees, which is warmer than far western Sydney. Jindi is predicted to be -1 overnight, which can be warmer than the lower Blue Mountains or Camden.

    Any advice welcomed.

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    I don't know how hard they are to fit the clearance, but you can buy C5 chains in the UK. https://snowchains.co.uk/snow-chains...-17&m=fg&id=63

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    Fill up with a load of diesel in Cooma and you will get winter rated fuel.

    As to chains, of course you must carry them and it may be best to hire in Cooma. Try Hire Gear | Rhythm Snowsports

    Remember when you're fitting the chains, access will be easier if you put the suspension on high position, but do not put yourself under the vehicle.

    I reckon you'd probably get to Perisher and back with the chains still in the boot. In the years I lived in Cooma I never used chains to get to/from the snow - and that was in the 80s/90s.

    Oh and don't forget SNOW mode on the gearbox.
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    Chris,

    If size 90 chains don't fit, then try size 100. Not much point taking them if you don't do a trial fit at the hire place at least on one wheel.

    The engines do have glow plugs and surely the French have designed it all so that owners can go sking in the French Alps and still get started to come home.

    I did note when I was programming new inflation sensors into the computers, that there is capacity for a full set of winter tyres in addition to the existing summer ones so I suppose if you were living up in the snow fields, you might get a set of tyres with spiky bits.

    Hope you don't stike any black ice. Just as well these have ESP and ABS to help with that sort of situation.

    Cheers, Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Fill up with a load of diesel in Cooma and you will get winter rated fuel.

    As to chains, of course you must carry them and it may be best to hire in Cooma. Try Hire Gear | Rhythm Snowsports

    Remember when you're fitting the chains, access will be easier if you put the suspension on high position, but do not put yourself under the vehicle.

    I reckon you'd probably get to Perisher and back with the chains still in the boot. In the years I lived in Cooma I never used chains to get to/from the snow - and that was in the 80s/90s.

    Oh and don't forget SNOW mode on the gearbox.
    Diesel jells at at temperatures of around 4.5 degrees Celcius so Diesel with additives is advisable unless one is into setting little fires under the car to get it going

    I skied regularly in the 70's and the 80's (geez, must be getting old) commuting from Jindabyne to Perisher/Thredbo daily and was forced by Police to put chains on before allowed to proceed on several occasions, so it can happen and would be a shame not to be prepared.

    I second test fitting, have rescued others who had no idea how to fit them and have seen over sized ones modify the wheel arches of the unclean
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVEDOOR View Post
    I second test fitting, have rescued others who had no idea how to fit them and have seen over sized ones modify the wheel arches of the unclean
    It was a Friday night sport at the Aussie in Cooma to listen for idiots who had hired chains - somewhere north of Cooma - and fitted them for the drive to the snow.... THUNK THUNK THUNK THUNK....
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    Then you get the guys who go too far without them and slide to a stop straddling both lanes while they work out how to fit them for the first time. I don't think you would need to worry about chains if you only go to the Skitube terminal.
    You have a good chance of scratching the rim faces with generic hired chains, depending on the tyre profile.

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