Originally Posted by m!z
Thanks for the info! any winter tires you recommend?
On my first 2 series this year and was worried that with a lighter car and RWD I'd be screwed when it snowed. Totally, absolutely wrong. The car is fantastic in snow.
Two tricks I've used that have helped.
Get a dedicated set (i.e. don't use your summer rims with winter tires)
Run the smallest wheel you can get, which I think is 17-inch for the 235 if you have the M brake option and 16 if you don't. Check with BMW. I don't have M brakes so I run a 16. The car looks kind of stupid on 16's with almost doughnut looking wheels but having curbed a rim in the past hitting a pump bumper at a gas station, the extra width of the tire is great (I run a 60 profile).
There can be a lot of blue-in-the-face debates on this and it can change from year to year, but the most common debates tend to be between the Michelin X-Ice 3 (good for snow, awesome on slush and ice patches, good tread life) or the Bridgestone Blizzaks WS70 (awesome on snow, good on slush and ice, shorter tread life than Michelin).
I have the X-ice 3s and have been extremely happy with them. I wouldn't go off-roading in them but I've never been stuck on any snowy city street, or going up (or down) the worst hills. Get a bit of slippage up a steep hill? Traction control off and away you go. Driving along at a good speed and slam on the brakes? The car is going to slide. They're not spikes. They're tires. You always have to drive to the conditions.