Hey everyone, recently purchased a 2016 Q50 RS AWD. It still has Bridgestone DriveGaurd run-flats on it ATM (245/40/19 F&R), but with winter approaching, I am looking at possibly getting a set of winter tires/rims to swap out for the season. As it stands now I work from home 90% of the time but am looking for a new job that might require a daily commute again...I'm just a little concerned about how this thing will handle the winter roads being that I came from a 4x4 Tacoma that ate winter for lunch.
The guy I bought the car from (an Infiniti dealer) stated he's had multiple versions of the same car, and said that even with the run-flats, when in Snow mode, they handle our Wisconsin winter roads without issue. I think he was blowing a bit of smoke so as to not raise any red flags. Can anyone attest to his claim that even with these kind of tires, the Snow mode on the Q50 can get you through months of potential snow, sleet, ice, etc?
In the past (quite a few years ago), I was able to get a set of General Altimax Arctic tires and rims for around $800 from Tire Rack (those tires were great IMO for snow/ice/etc). Would love to get basically the same thing for my Q50.
I went through TireRack's Winter Tire/Wheel package selector wizard for the 18's and if I want the same tire, with the cheapest available rim they offered, the package was over $1200 (Includes TPMS and mount/balance). They sized the tire out at 225/50/18, and the rim I selected is an 18x8 with a 40mm offset.
So, wondering if anyone has any recommendations on a good package deal that would work with this car that won't break the bank (1200 seems a bit steep to me, would like to keep it under 1k). Also does anyone see any problems with the described package above in terms of fitment?
Would I be better off just ditching the run-flats for a good all-season in lieu of winter tires...thus skipping the need to get new rims too?
Sorry for so many questions, but I appreciate anyone's input on this. Thanks.