Re: 98 Grand Marquis is Terrible in the Winter!
So now they're mounted and we had snow. I live in a really hilly area with some long long uphills. That was my concern, making it up. The studdeds did very well. Like the mustang it seems to go uphill better w/o the TC. Its good to feel those studs digging in, OK the tires are spinning but the car kept moving. That's the trick, maintain some momentum. My feeling is that TC is good for those sudden slips where you don't really have the chance to react, and for cornering on level slippery ground. But for long climbs I like it better w/o the TC. I made it up this one hill that, last week, with M&S tires, made me turn around.
I did a few panic stops to test and the car stopped OK with no pull or slide.
On drive pavement they are noisy... but that's what your radio is for. Dry handling is not too bad but I didn't push it. Its a trade off. For a few months its liveable.
There you have it, before and after. So look for at least ABS, TC is nice to have but you can still drive without it, if you get some studded tires.