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Old 10-24-2010, 03:19 PM   #16
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Going to be winter driving this M5, just picked up a set of replica 17" with blizzaks on them. Going to be a fun winter.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:31 PM   #17
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Tires tires tires!!!! I can't stress this enough. High quality winters...Michelin, Pirelli, hackapalitas...or however it is spelled. Great tires make you unstoppable. and of course driving expertise. But we all know that we're all experts cause we own BMW. (Grin) So that goes without mention..lol.
I've gone to using no name winter tires and find them to be just as good as brand name tires.

I wonder if there has ever been a comparison between winter tires, cheap ones vs. expensive one
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:32 PM   #18
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGfvyPtYR0Y

compares winters to all seasons
tire rack
bmw 3 series...

but really, this should all be common knowledge living in Canada
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:48 AM   #19
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my BMWs wont see snow
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:27 AM   #20
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It does snow in germany, you know.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:07 AM   #21
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Actually I hate my snow tires, they are too sticky I can't slide sideways around the parking lots.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:21 AM   #22
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I agree on the tires. The cheapest winter tires are still better than the best all seasons. I've seen several BMW's with all seasons literally unable to move in a flat parking lot. I remember a co-worker with nice wide flat tires, car looked beautiful, but we had to go out and push him into a parking space, otherwise the car just would have sat in the aisle until spring. I said he may want to look at getting narrower taller snows on steelies. He looked at me like I insulted his mother or something...

Also, when the snow fly's play with the DSC if you have it. The point of DSC is to keep the car on course when you think you are a better driver than you actually are. It has saved my a$$ as few times. It's like the car telling me "OK, there's your warning...slow down dude..."

I find the DSC, at least on X3 at low speeds, works against me in the deep stuff. Climbing the driveway thru a foot and a half of snow, with DSC on it is constantly backing off power to one wheel or braking another (which is what it is supposed to do), but the car struggles more. Shut off the DSC, get full power to the wheels and it climbs like a champ. Same thing pulling the boat out in the fall.

Regardless of your set up. Find a empty parking lot or whatever and get comfortable with the car and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:14 PM   #23
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DSC doesn't save you as well in the snow as you think!!!!

watch the vid Hamant posted.....
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:28 PM   #24
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I learned my lesson years ago... a bus kissed my a$$ on HWY2 (Rouge River). Still drove home :-) but my e30 was beat :-( All subsequent cars have used snows. Pickering Tire is simply the best in the east end. Since I work out that way, they're convenient too!

I wish I had the space and money to have a beater, but alas... it ain't in my cards.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:45 PM   #25
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DSC doesn't save you as well in the snow as you think!!!!

watch the vid Hamant posted.....
I'd agree...the rules of physics still apply. However notice with snows and DSC, the black car did make the turn.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #26
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I took out my dsc.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:15 PM   #27
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Pirelli!!!! WInters.... thas all u need..
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:16 PM   #28
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I took out my dsc.
E36 M3 didn't come with DSC.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:38 PM   #29
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Gonna drive my E36 328is with staggered M68s and Hankook iPike tires, 225/45/17 all around (mild stretch in the back, lol). The tread is pretty aggressive and they were really good the one winter I ran them on my 540i. See how that goes...
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:33 PM   #30
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I love driving in the winter. Every trip, and I mean EVERY trip is an adventure
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