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Old 11-13-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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Winter or All Season - M235i RWD

Hi everyone!

I purchased my new BMW M235i 2016 in Sept had it for about 2 months, and I need some help on a few things. Since this is my first BMW and first RWD car (manual).

Should I purchase winter tires or all season? and do I need to buy new rims? or can I just use steel ones?

Let me know if you can help me out on this!

Thanks so much!
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Old 11-13-2016, 09:07 PM   #2
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No all season compares with a good winter tire, winter all the way.
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:45 PM   #3
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Winter or All Season - M235i RWD

Not even a question. Get winter tires.
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winters for sure.. pair them with some steelies and you'll be set
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info! any winter tires you recommend?
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:50 PM   #6
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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).

Recommended tires
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.

Good luck.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:38 PM   #7
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Gislaved Nord Frost are very good and budget friendy... Hankooks work pretty good. Wife's van has Firestones... work really well but noisy.

Check the wheel classifieds here for something better than steelies.... There are some snow tire setups for sale too....

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Old 03-14-2017, 04:29 AM   #8
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If budget is not a problem, consider Nokian winter tires.
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