is it a traction issue or a clearance issue????
my dad who lives in wyoming has a winter beater (86 olds 98 3.
with the top level blizzaks and HOLY SH** i never thought any car could do so well. (He drives to jackson hole on a daily basis and they get several feet a snow some nights where he is at)
It does have about 2" more clearance than my car and H-bodies from the 90'* so that does help but I had Newer goodyear all seasons and my abs went on very quick. ON his you could slam on the brakes and it would slide but it did take a lot of effort. It was quite strange to say the least as I had no idea it made THAT much of a difference on ice/packed snow.
In 7" of snow you punch it and it actually goes with little to no problem. my car would just spin.
so the moral of the story is no matter how good all seaons get, it will never match blizzaks or the other similar tires out there.
So I say get a $500 3.8 and get a set of blizzaks or comparable tire and you would be set, that is assuming you dont get a lot of snow often.