In Reply to: New England winters posted by laldog on October 09, 2001 at 08:55:02:
I never found the need for snow tires, since the Pike was plowed pretty early in the morning and kept clean. Downtown has pretty good street clearing crews, too. At the time I was running 195 14 XVSs.
I took the car through a car wash that had an underbody sprayer every week, weather permitting. I also kept the crud catchers behind the front wheels cleaned out.
I made it through a winter in good shape, but I wouldn't make a habit of it. Probably just as bad as the salt are the pebbles that are in the dirt loads that get dumped over the snow for traction on the hills. Those get thrown up and will nick the paint, often exposing bare metal. Those will turn to rust even without the help of salt if not quickly and properly fixed.
If you have the choice, though, don't do it. Probably the major threat to the car is not the snow, pebbles or salt, but other drivers going out of control in the snow or the wet. Boston drivers never impressed me as being paragons of patience.