Originally Posted by tgmeyer
More suggestions? I'm looking for something to keep me on the road during winter, that isn't going to break the bank, and when deliver on performance (to a degree) when the roads are clear. Any more ideas? Remember for 19" Performance Package Wheels.
I would also agree with the 17" setup, the tires will be cheaper you will just need new rims. All in all getting 17" winter tires will save you money within the first couple of years:
19" tires -Blizzak LM-60 - $856
Mounting/balancing - $10 per wheel? I'm not sure.
17" wheels - $103 each - $412 total
17" tires - Firestone Winterforce - $388 total
Tire swap - Free if you do it or about $2.50 per tire at your Ford dealership
I got all the prices from tirerack.com, choosing the lowest prices I could find.
As you can see, you will make your money back by the time the tread wears on your first set of winter tires.