I just installed a set of Cooper winter (Ice & Snow) tires with studs on my Wagon and am pleased with how they perform. Took the car up skiing yesterday. It was no test for the tires, as the road was mostly bare; however my friend commented on how quiet the tires were, given that he couldn’t hear the whine associated with studded tires.
The old all season tires taken off the rear were worn smooth while the ones off the front were in reasonable shape. I’m taking the car into my mechanic next week, to put it up on the hoist and see what’s going on with the suspension. I’m going to have him check everything.