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Old 09-20-2003, 01:01 AM   #1
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Advise on how to drive my BMW in the winter

Since there is another thread on "Advise on how to store my BMW for the winter", I hope someone can give me advice on how to drive my BMW in the winter? Any precautions or special preparations?

I wish I have two cars so I don't need to drive my bimmer in the winter... but on the other hand I think those safety thing like DSC, ABS, CBC.. are only useful in the winter. It seems a waste not to drive it around on slippery road.
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Old 09-20-2003, 01:04 AM   #2
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my suggestion is to leave DSC on all the time when driving on wet and snow covered roards. Also make sure you get a nice set of winter rims/tires get Nordic tires! And if you want, get your car winterized before you drive it to the salty roads.

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Old 09-20-2003, 01:11 AM   #3
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Just drive carefully in the snow.

Don't hammer on the throttle; instead be easy on the throttle and modulate as needed.

If you get stuck in the snow, use the rocking motion to get you out. That consists of going into reverse and forward a couple times till momemtum propels you to get going.

If there's a big open space and you would like to have some fun, turn off DSC and the other traction control aids then experiement the difference with the system on and off. Just don't get yourself stuck in a snow ditch

Definitely get a good set of winter tires such as Bridgestone Blizzak's or Nokian Hakkapalatta. I've driven my e36 328 in the snow with All Seasons (Michelin MXV4) and it sucked when the amount of snow began to pile up. So don't cheap out on not getting a set of winter rims and tires.

If you're doing an immediate stop in the snow/ice and ABS activates, keep your foot planted firmly on the brake pedal and let ABS do its job.
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Old 09-20-2003, 01:15 AM   #4
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Just drive carefully in the snow.

Don't hammer on the throttle; instead be easy on the throttle and modulate as needed.

If you get stuck in the snow, use the rocking motion to get you out. That consists of going into reverse and forward a couple times till momemtum propels you to get going.

If there's a big open space and you would like to have some fun, turn off DSC and the other traction control aids then experiement the difference with the system on and off. Just don't get yourself stuck in a snow ditch

Definitely get a good set of winter tires such as Bridgestone Blizzak's or Nokian Hakkapalatta. I've driven my e36 328 in the snow with All Seasons (Michelin MXV4) and it sucked when the amount of snow began to pile up. So don't cheap out on not getting a set of winter rims and tires.

If you're doing an immediate stop in the snow/ice and ABS activates, keep your foot planted firmly on the brake pedal and let ABS do its job.
Thanks. How many inches of snow usually will give a bimmer problem on the road? I am considering to take a bus to work and not risk to get stuck on the road when snow is thick.
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Old 09-20-2003, 01:21 AM   #5
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also when traction is mininmal try taking off in second gear instead of first and never never gas the car when shifting gears, making corners in the snow and try not to down shift in slushy conditions since your car might go side ways

then again I don't have traction control so it will be alot easier for you to drive RWD in the winter
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Old 09-20-2003, 06:52 AM   #6
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i drove mine the last 2 winter and always dropped in 2 bags of sand (60KG) , and the difference is hugeeeeee
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Old 09-20-2003, 10:30 AM   #7
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1. When buying winter tires.....DON'T CHEAP OUT!
2. Put two big bags of kitty litter in the trunk (also helps for traction on the ice if stuck).
3. Go to Canadian Tire/Wallmart and get a storage container for the trunk and stock up on supplies (set of those metal traction aids, collapsable snow shovel, extra winter gloves, candles, matches, flairs, winter washer fluid, etc...).
4. Drive safe.
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Old 09-20-2003, 02:38 PM   #8
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Do you guys know the best place in Toronto to install winter tires? A place that can make no scratch to the rim when taking the tires out.

Or is it better to buy the whole set, 5 x (rim+tires)? And install the tires myself? I assume I need the wrench that has torque control to do this?

I dont mind paying a little more for quality. The main concern I have is the installation causes scratches.

Thank you guys.
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Old 09-20-2003, 04:06 PM   #9
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if ur getting steel rims i wouldn't worry about it. i used to go to costco and let them do it, they ha the best price out there.

but if u scared about the rims then take it to www.wheelandtirezone.com dixie/eglinton i paid last year $80 to take the all seasons of the rims and install the winter tires on the rim and balance and the whole thing.

btw i got Michelin Pilot Alpin and they are very good but a bit pricey i guess $165 for 205/65R15
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Do you guys know the best place in Toronto to install winter tires? A place that can make no scratch to the rim when taking the tires out.

Or is it better to buy the whole set, 5 x (rim+tires)? And install the tires myself? I assume I need the wrench that has torque control to do this?

I dont mind paying a little more for quality. The main concern I have is the installation causes scratches.

Thank you guys.
It is much better to buy a set of winter steelies with winter tires. I don't like using the summer rims and changing the rubber back and forth for the season change.

If you're really picky then you can buy yourself a torque wrench which allows you to adjust the amount of torque required. Pick up a set of the winter rims and tires and install it yourself at home.
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Old 09-20-2003, 09:31 PM   #11
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about 5 bags of salt in the trunk get me through it.
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Old 09-20-2003, 10:06 PM   #12
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muahaha. awd rocks

anyways just do what the guys above said and you'll be fine, my dad does the same to his 535 and with good tires and a couple of salt bags in the trunk you'll be fine

just one tip: dont be lazy, do it in time.. last year i got caught out in the snow with my dad's car before he put on the winter tires and trust me its no fun having to go 20 or lower on streets getting stuck all over the place
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Old 09-21-2003, 09:55 PM   #13
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I would advise on putting bricks or sand in the trunk, as it modifies the weight distribution of the car drastically and the Traction is not able to work as well as it is suppose to. Keep the car at normal weight, if you have removed stuff to make it lighter for the summer then I would advise in putting something in its place, but not in the trunk. Just drive normally and don't go putting on some summer tires
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Old 09-21-2003, 10:01 PM   #14
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also when traction is mininmal try taking off in second gear instead of first and never never gas the car when shifting gears
works well but its horrible for your clutch......

I drove a slammed 89 325is last winter as a beater w/out any problems
just get a decent set of snow tires and dont drive it in huge snow storms and you'll be solid. RWD is so much fun in winter
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:37 PM   #15
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