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      12-26-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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e93 vs snow...

e93 wins, hands down!!! We had our first snow in northern VA. A good 3+ inches on the road and she didn't blink. Only slide when I pushed it hard, but the skid was very controlled.

My first winter with a bimmer. I was definitely nervous with 19" summer tires, and heard horror stories over the years about how BMW's are in the in the winter. So I purchased a set of wheels and winter tires from Tire Rack. Awesome choice.

Do not fear a rear-wheel drive BMW in the snow...you just need the right equipment. It's a tank.
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      12-26-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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Summer tires? Don't be ignorant. Get a proper set up before you hurt someone. Stock wheels and winter tires are very affordable. Make the investment.
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      12-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #3
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Dude you're out of your mind driving in the snow with 19 inch summer tires.
I have 18 inch Michelin pilot Alpin PA4s on and still drove conservatively.
Let's not even get into the fact that you're completely ruining your summer tires in this weather.
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Dude you're out of your mind driving in the snow with 19 inch summer tires.
I have 18 inch Michelin pilot Alpin PA4s on and still drove conservatively.
Let's not even get into the fact that you're completely ruining your summer tires in this weather.

I think OP said he purchased winter tires because he was nervous about 19" summers
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e93 wins, hands down!!! We had our first snow in northern VA. A good 3+ inches on the road and she didn't blink. Only slide when I pushed it hard, but the skid was very controlled.

My first winter with a bimmer. I was definitely nervous with 19" summer tires, and heard horror stories over the years about how BMW's are in the in the winter. So I purchased a set of wheels and winter tires from Tire Rack. Awesome choice.

Do not fear a rear-wheel drive BMW in the snow...you just need the right equipment. It's a tank.
Am I the only one who read the whole post?
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at the two people who didn't read the entire thread. Come on guys, don't try to bash the OP when you didn't read the thread precisely enough
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Yeah I've found that winter tires are you really need, even if the car is RWD.
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Oh shit my bad! I'm sorry you guys are completely right!
That's what I get for trying to read a post after 10 hours of staring at a server screen
Forgive me and my ignorance OP!!
I'm right here with you, LOVIN my winter setup.
So sorry...ugh.
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      12-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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Killing me guys. Come on!

Was just trying to share some positive BMW experience to those who are nervous about winter driving. I've always had front wheel or 4-wheel drive, with all season tires. Had no idea how much difference winter tires make.
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I'm really sorry dude. I feel horrible for being such an idiot for not reading the post through- here I thought you were riding on summer tires.
Oh yeah, it is definitely something to share. I was going to share a similar story tonight.
Us E93 guys gotta stick together
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      12-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #11
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With full DTS and traction control, I'm always in total control on the snow. Black ice presents some new issues but the traction is great with the x-drive. The 17" winters are great - not the best look but solid performers.
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Yeah I don't really care for this winter set up look myself but hey, it is what it is.
I'll take form over function any day especially when my life depends on it
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      12-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #13
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The second and third post are killing me right now....

Good job on the winter setup!
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I'm really sorry dude. I feel horrible for being such an idiot for not reading the post through- here I thought you were riding on summer tires.
Oh yeah, it is definitely something to share. I was going to share a similar story tonight.
Us E93 guys gotta stick together
LOL. No problem. After reading the first couple of posts, I had to go back to double check what I wrote. Too funny.

As an additional point, also love the REST button, heated steering wheel, and paddle shifters. I'm all set for winter! Thoroughly impressed by the cars winter handling.
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LOL. No problem. After reading the first couple of posts, I had to go back to double check what I wrote. Too funny.

As an additional point, also love the REST button, heated steering wheel, and paddle shifters. I'm all set for winter! Thoroughly impressed by the cars winter handling.
I miss my REST button about this time of year, and my heated steeting wheel too- the price of m-sport
Stupid ALL button is useless! Got any pics of your vert man? I just checked your profile actually, you have the same colors as me! Awesome
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Dude you're out of your mind driving in the snow with 19 inch summer tires.
I have 18 inch Michelin pilot Alpin PA4s on and still drove conservatively.
Let's not even get into the fact that you're completely ruining your summer tires in this weather.
Just curious how does cold weather ruin summer tires?
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I think it has something to do with the compound they are made out of. I know it is an extremely bad idea to drive on them in extreme cold.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=220
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I think it has something to do with the compound they are made out of. I know it is an extremely bad idea to drive on them in extreme cold.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=220
Damn hopefully that's only for extreme summer tires. Since I don't drive my car in the snow, I haven't purchased a set of snow tires. I don't want to have to leave my car in the garage just because its cold out
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I'm definitely not an expert, but I was all about getting these Michelin Alpin PA4s after trying one run with the summers last year. Was like driving on glass slathered in Vaseline. Never again.
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Oh shit my bad! I'm sorry you guys are completely right!
That's what I get for trying to read a post after 10 hours of staring at a server screen
Forgive me and my ignorance OP!!
I'm right here with you, LOVIN my winter setup.
So sorry...ugh.
do you just like to get on here and bash on people, seems like you do.
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Just curious how does cold weather ruin summer tires?
Or how the warm weather ruins the winter tires. I can imagine there must be a lot of warm winter days in VA.
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