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      11-14-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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PA guys - snow or all-season tires?

Live in the Greater Harrisburg area in central PA.

have a 382i, RWD, sport and obviously need to get my summer tires off, and either some snow or all-season tires on.

I also plan on buying a 2nd "beater" car to drive through the snow.

Should I get snow tires or all-seasons? I do not plan on driving my BMW in the snow at all, but getting caught in it a few times is not out of the question at all.

I have never driven a RWD car in the snow, but feel as though I am pretty good "snow driver"

Winter tires wear much faster than all-seasons. I don't need amazing traction in snow, and I don't really live on or by any steep hills I would have to climb.



so... Snow tires or all seasons?
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      11-14-2011, 08:41 AM   #2
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Snows for sure, they make a huge difference. As you'll quickly hear/find out, all-seasons are a compromise of both. The only A/S I'd ever run are the Nokian WRG2, which are essentially snow tires that can handle warmer months.
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AWD = all seasons / snows (much debate)
RWD = Blizzaks for sure!
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If you're picking up a beater why put snows on? All seasons will get u through 2-3 inches in case u get caught in snow.
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If you weren't getting a beater I would say get snows for sure.
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As it was said Blizzaks with a second set of rims. Since you have sport package you want a good set of performance tires for the other 9 months out of the year. I have set of snow tires I put on in Dec and run through March. The rest of the year I am not running Conti summer sports which to my surprise did okay in the 6 inch of freak snow we got in Oct. I and tell you RFT would have just sat their and spun.

With all the snow we had this past your my Snow tire on the 335I did well never got stuck.

Also, if you never driven RWD you better spend some time in a parking lot getting use to it. When driving in snow and after you are moving along turn off traction control, sure fire way of getting stuck going up hills. It is better to let the wheel spin and keep your forward momentum going verses having traction control trying to slow the wheels.

Traction control is good at getting you going and dealing with the unexpected wheel slip or spin, however, when in show you should be expecting the car to be sliding, just keep in mind with traction control off your braking will be affected.

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As it was said Blizzaks with a second set of rims. Since you have sport package you want a good set of performance tires for the other 9 months out of the year. I have set of snow tires I put on in Dec and run through March. The rest of the year I am not running Conti summer sports which to my surprise did okay in the 6 inch of freak snow we got in Oct. I and tell you RFT would have just sat their and spun.

With all the snow we had this past your my Snow tire on the 335I did well never got stuck.

Also, if you never driven RWD you better spend some time in a parking lot getting use to it. When driving in snow and after you are moving along turn off traction control, sure fire way of getting stuck going up hills. It is better to let the wheel spin and keep your forward momentum going verses having traction control trying to slow the wheels.

Traction control is good at getting you going and dealing with the unexpected wheel slip or spin, however, when in show you should be expecting the car to be sliding, just keep in mind with traction control off your braking will be affected.
great points

i am thinking of getting snows on my stock wheels
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I suppose I am leaning towards "snow tires" due to having a RWD car.

I'll make my stock 17s my winter set, then plan on throwing a set of 19s on in the spring... Just need to find the right wheel design/color.
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From Harrisburg, live in Philly (Manayunk). A set of Snow tires/wheels are a requirement with RWD, period. Last year I tried driving with the RF slicks that come on the 335 and went no where. Ordered a package from TireRack and put them on myself, much cheaper then an accident.

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