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      09-06-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Snow/Winter Tires for 335ix in MA ?

I'm trying to determine whether or not a set of winter tires is necessary for my car. Will all-season tires and xDrive get me safely through the winter? Or are winter tires the norm?

I am anxious to get rid of the RFT. So if I was to buy a set of P Zero Nero all seasons, or equivalent, in the next couple months would I be in good shape for winter and summer months?

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      09-06-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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      09-06-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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I decided that since I would be running summer tires and hated the stock run flats, that snows were the way to go.

Can't say i have needed them a lot over the last two seasons, but I can say that there were no issues driving in the snow.

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      09-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #4
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Run flats are by far the worst tire you can run in the snow next to a drag slick. Xi cars do fine with regular all season tires. I put Blizzaks on my Xi and it was unstoppable in the snow. Of course by unstoppable I mean it was a beast...bad wording.
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      09-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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      09-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #6
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I ran DWS all seasons last winter and found them awful. It was the first time I've used all seasons rather than snows and I just say that I will be buying snow tires this winter... You can get away with all seasons (I did), but there's no comparison
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      09-07-2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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I had an X drive (e46 330) and ran all seasons.... it was functional, but not as sure footed as you would want. Every other BMW i have had was RWD + snows and i have had zero issues. These cars are surprisingly good in the snow with the right tire. Point is- x drive only helps you get going... beyond that, 99% of the turning and all of the braking are left to the tires and the tires alone.... with all season + x-drive, you wont get stuck, but turning and braking are even more important... get snows with x drive or rwd. its a night and day difference. safety (and fun factor) go thru the roof.
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Contis DWS is the best option / Value / durability

My second set on 335i

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      09-07-2013, 12:00 PM   #10
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Have snows and summer tires for my 335 xDrive. Makes winter driving that much better. Also helps prolong the tire life overall.
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Run flats are just terrible, though the newer ones are better than the older Bridgestones used. That being said, all seasons are compromises. I run dedicated winter and summer tires. I have an Xi and would rather be safe. That being said I have a lowered 335 and if the snow is too high I am going no where fast.
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Run flats are just terrible, though the newer ones are better than the older Bridgestones used. That being said, all seasons are compromises. I run dedicated winter and summer tires. I have an Xi and would rather be safe. That being said I have a lowered 335 and if the snow is too high I am going no where fast.
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This will be my first New England winter with the BMW and from past experience, I'm definitely NOT going to use all-weathers and instead slap some snows on the OEM wheels and get a nice dedicated summer setup in spring.

I came from a WRX which was indestructible in last year's epic winter on a set of 16" Blizzaks, I wonder how well the xDrive will fare?
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only use snow tires on your ix if you want to be able to stop.

if you don't mind crashing into the rear of other cars, go with the no-season
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only ones i could find on tire rack that are matching size were "Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Performance Winter / Snow"
what are you guys using for winter tires?
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i should add sizes i was looking at 225/40/18 255/35/18
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DIRT - a lot of people run 225-40-18 winter tires on the staggered wheels.

I chose to get the Continental DWS. We will see how they do.
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really i was concerned about the tire size and the AWD. the staggered wheels 8,5x18 rear and 8x18 front putting the 225/40/18 all around wouldn't that change the tire diameter on the wider rim effectively making the rears a smaller diameter than the fronts? in the end putting a constant stress on the Xdrive systems because the front wheels will be turning at a slightly different RPM than the rears?
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Difference between 225-40-18 and 255-35-18 is 0.06 inches. I will see if I can find the thread.
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When referring to the type of tire and brand people have used, you should also specify what rims you have. Here is my experience:

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Rims: Stock OEM Style 157s (17s and square setup)
Tires: Stock runflats (I believe Conti???).
Experience: Because of the narrower width of the wheels, I felt completely in control even through the blizzard we had after Christmas 4 years ago. I literally was driving past SUVs, Trucks, etc. This was on runflats too!

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Rims: Stock OEM Style 189s (18s and staggered setup) - WHAT I HAVE ON MY CAR NOW
Tires: Continental Conti Extreme DWS
Experience: The drive in light snow was great but I did notice that in a few inches of snow, I did not feel as confident as I did with my stock 17s and runflats. This is probably due to the staggered setup and having wider tires in the front and even wider in the back.

Overall, my driving skills make me confident enough to not worry to much about driving in any level of snowfall and don't feel it necessary to purchase dedicated snow tires. That's just me though and my level of comfort driving in the all seasons.
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