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Old 12-05-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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Winter driving

Well the snow is here and was wondering who drives their E30 through out the winter??? And what their experiences are in doing so.

Myself, I am driving mine this winter, and I drive from Oshawa to Etobikoe Monday to Friday.(80kmm each way)

I got an amazing deal on a set of Toyo snow tires (H rated) and my car is a 318is, so I do have a limited slip diff. I have been in the snow and ice a few time now with it and am very happy with the traction.

So anyone have some winter driving stories with their car???
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:11 AM   #2
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IX, all fun all the time. I'll get some photos in a couple weeks when theres some real snow
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:20 AM   #3
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My old eta was a winter only car and was awesome. Good snows, LSD and some practice in the snow to get you used to throwing it around if necessary. Next thing you know you're drifting every corner and can't wait for snow!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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my eta is a tank in the snow.
a full tank of gas, snow tires, LSD and manual are key!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:55 AM   #5
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i drove last winter with no winter tires, but on not new all seasons.

my e30 is manual and it was actually my first witner driving standard AND RWD

i learned that downshifting into a turn can equal a hand break pull!!!
so ithought how can i reduce the downshift shock...then i figured hey if i rev match that would do it and it does.

i installed an entirely new handbrake set. from the cables straight to the hardware. of course i had my hand brkae fun lol

basically it was just drifting everything i could!
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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I find with the LSD diff even when I down shift its keeps strait, and whats with shifting in a turn, always have your gear picked b4 starting a turn and keep the hands on the wheel!!!!
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:08 AM   #7
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You guys gotta learn heel-toe.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:32 PM   #9
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last winter was my first winter with my 318i open 4.10

it was the best time i ever had in a car in any winter sliding out the rear just enough on corners was the sweetest feeling.

doing it again this year
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:30 PM   #10
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I find with the LSD diff even when I down shift its keeps strait, and whats with shifting in a turn, always have your gear picked b4 starting a turn and keep the hands on the wheel!!!!
You may find that now, but wait until you hit a slippery spot, and you'll change your mind pretty quickly. Last winter I got sideways on a very minimal downhill grade, with snows on, going about 10km's per hour (packed snow). My rev-matched downshift wasn't perfect which put a little bit of load on the tires. Next thing I know, I'm doing 360's down the street. Luckily there wasn't anyone else there, and I got it under control very quickly, but it happens very fast.

Make sure you have snow tires, and be very fluid in your movements. I would recommend trying out rev-matching for downshifting now while there's still dry pavement.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:52 PM   #11
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I would recommend NOT rev matching while decelerating in slippery condition. There is no point. Just wait until you need to go again, and give it gas and release the clutch.

edit: by that i mean I would recommend avoiding downshifting in slippery or questionable conditions. Just coast with the clutch in and get ready to get back on the gas.
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:38 AM   #12
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last year when it was really bad out i found that just engine braking with some light brake work, i stopped with little to no issues.

at times i would downshift but i would ride the clutch ever so slightly along with braking. I know this way is not the greatest for your clutch but i haven't had any clutch issues with any car i owned throughout the years
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:35 AM   #13
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i got a 90i coupe now.. and it seems pretty sweet second e30 ive winter driven, new snows on it, pretty much the same as my 325es though. get ya drift on!
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:23 PM   #14
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so i got my new winter tires. nitto winter tires. and thats when this storm started. i got home then left to buy a m-tech steering wheel.. on my way the roads started to get covered.. and all i was thinking was sweet.. winter drift season has started but it looks like these nitto tired are better than i expected.. on the way home there was some good coverage on the roads.. the tires were hooking pretty good only alowing a slight sway. whemn i tried to push it.. the drift wouldn't hold to long before the tires hooked up. man... i can't wait to get my lsd...

anyone else drive in this mess?
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Well the snow is here and was wondering who drives their E30 through out the winter??? And what their experiences are in doing so.

Myself, I am driving mine this winter, and I drive from Oshawa to Etobikoe Monday to Friday.(80kmm each way)

I got an amazing deal on a set of Toyo snow tires (H rated) and my car is a 318is, so I do have a limited slip diff. I have been in the snow and ice a few time now with it and am very happy with the traction.

So anyone have some winter driving stories with their car???
Hey how are the tires treating ya?
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