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Old 12-21-2003, 05:57 PM   #1
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Smile Winterizing your Bimmer...

not all of us have a winter beater, some of us have to drive our bimmers in the winter... was just wondering what do you guys do to winterize your cars?.. what type of snow tires do you prefer?.. anyone put extra weight in the trunk?... engine mods?... oil changes?... etc.

I'm mainly interested in what you guys do for traction / safety. Last year my bimmer was all over the road... but hey, it was fun too. (no ASC on my E36 M42)
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Old 12-21-2003, 06:25 PM   #2
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I recommend using proper snow tires with adequet tread (any brand is fine, NOT ALL SEASONS). If you have an opportunity to have the car rust proofed (oil based - drip type preferably) before the salters come out, it would be a bonus. If you have a cold air intake system, change it back for the stock system. Thinner oil (5W30) will ease stress on cold starts and make sure your battery will last through the season (Canadian Tire can check it with a load). I usually keep flares/blanket/shovel/tow rope/salt or sand bags in my trunk in case of an emergency. That's about it.
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Old 12-21-2003, 07:56 PM   #3
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Cool... winter... I drive my car the way it is in the winter ... actually I spin my tires regularly....


Ever heard of Houstonian winter???? if no ... I WONDER WHY!??!


my 328is will never see rust!! no snow no rust
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Old 12-21-2003, 07:59 PM   #4
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I recommend using proper snow tires with adequet tread (any brand is fine, NOT ALL SEASONS). If you have an opportunity to have the car rust proofed (oil based - drip type preferably) before the salters come out, it would be a bonus. If you have a cold air intake system, change it back for the stock system. Thinner oil (5W30) will ease stress on cold starts and make sure your battery will last through the season (Canadian Tire can check it with a load). I usually keep flares/blanket/shovel/tow rope/salt or sand bags in my trunk in case of an emergency. That's about it.
Good advice, thank you... I think my oil would be fine.. 5w50 Synthetic. Other than that... I'll have to pay out to buy some winter tires I suppose... my all-seasons are spinning already with this light snow.. :|

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Old 12-21-2003, 09:01 PM   #5
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I ran on all seasons last winter and let me tell you it was the most frightening experience of my life. Luckily I had a back up car or i'm sure i'd would have ended up in the ditch. So yeah the tires are the most important thing.
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Old 12-21-2003, 09:31 PM   #6
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Good advice, thank you... I think my oil would be fine.. 5w50 Synthetic. Other than that... I'll have to pay out to buy some winter tires I suppose... my all-seasons are spinning already with this light snow.. :|

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Old 12-21-2003, 09:48 PM   #7
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empowerd, you said to change the cold air intake back to stock? i just have a drop in cone filter type of intake and have been just going with that so far, is that gonna cause any problems?
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Old 12-21-2003, 10:23 PM   #8
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Re: Winterizing your Bimmer...

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not all of us have a winter beater, some of us have to drive our bimmers in the winter... was just wondering what do you guys do to winterize your cars?.. what type of snow tires do you prefer?.. anyone put extra weight in the trunk?... engine mods?... oil changes?... etc.

I'm mainly interested in what you guys do for traction / safety. Last year my bimmer was all over the road... but hey, it was fun too. (no ASC on my E36 M42)
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Old 12-21-2003, 11:38 PM   #9
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empowerd, you said to change the cold air intake back to stock? i just have a drop in cone filter type of intake and have been just going with that so far, is that gonna cause any problems?
That's cool, he means the full long tube CAI's that put the filter right down near the ground. I have my K&N cone in there, it's near the top right behind the grill.
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Old 12-22-2003, 05:27 AM   #10
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That's cool, he means the full long tube CAI's that put the filter right down near the ground. I have my K&N cone in there, it's near the top right behind the grill.
yeah same type of thing here too, good to know
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Old 12-22-2003, 02:13 PM   #11
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This will be my fifth winter in my car this year and so far I have not had any big problems...

Besides... why else would your car come with heated seats? so you can drive in the winter! haha

As for mine heres what I do for winter:

1. get the car rust proofed
2. get some decent winter tires (well worth the money)
3. turn on the heated seats...

Its not too bad driving around in the winter providing your car is not a sled. My car is on Eibach Sportlines and Bilsteins and I have not had clearance probs ....

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dont be scared about winter tires...and all seasons.

i have an E30..which is lighter than ur car, and i have crappy tire PREDATOR tires...with LSD differential too..i put a few bags of dirt in my trunk..maybe about 100lbs total in there with my sub and amp and all the crap..and the rear BARELY kicks out. just drive sane..and yes, i did drive it in HEAVY snow and if u dont floor it everywhere...u will be fine.

btw, this is my first year driving, i just got my G1 and im fine...so, just control yourself.
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Old 12-22-2003, 11:05 PM   #13
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guys how about rino linning . or products like this for truck beds if you would apply this t your cars bottom ,will it protect it from snow and salt . and from rusting at all . i was thinking of doing this myself . any hints thoughts ideas thanks . and also arent all season tires suppose to include the winter also . i dont have money for snow and regular tires . thanks.
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Old 12-23-2003, 02:15 AM   #14
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dont be scared about winter tires...and all seasons.

i have an E30..which is lighter than ur car, and i have crappy tire PREDATOR tires...with LSD differential too..i put a few bags of dirt in my trunk..maybe about 100lbs total in there with my sub and amp and all the crap..and the rear BARELY kicks out. just drive sane..and yes, i did drive it in HEAVY snow and if u dont floor it everywhere...u will be fine.

btw, this is my first year driving, i just got my G1 and im fine...so, just control yourself.
Jon, you have no idea what it's like to drive in deep snow man. Farting around in a parking lot in 1st gear doing donuts doesn't count. Try driving on the 401 with 5" of fresh snow at 90km/h beside a semi!!! LMAO!. You should see all the people I see spin out on the highways... that's were all the accidents happen, not doing 30km/h down Creditview.

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guys how about rino linning . or products like this for truck beds if you would apply this t your cars bottom ,will it protect it from snow and salt . and from rusting at all . i was thinking of doing this myself . any hints thoughts ideas thanks . and also arent all season tires suppose to include the winter also . i dont have money for snow and regular tires . thanks.
The problem with rhino liner is that any sort of rust already on your car will be "sealed" under the sprayed on liner just eating away at the unprotected metal. I guess it might work for a newer car, but why go through the hassel if a proper oil underspray only costs $90 @ Krown?
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Old 12-23-2003, 02:30 PM   #15
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Some good winter tires that people over at e46fanatics are suggesting are the semperits sport grip. A subcompany owned by continental. Theyre good snow tires. Definitely not as good as the blizzaks, but theyre much quieter and cost a good deal less.
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