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      11-04-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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E92 335i RWD Winter Tire Question

Hi guys,

I need tires for the winter in Canada. We get a lot of snow and are pretty much below 0 degrees Celsius the entire winter, and this car is my daily driver .

My question is... do i get winter tires or all seasons? and why? I want to know if anyone has survived the winter with this car on all seasons. If i get winters I need to look for summers again in the spring.
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Hi guys,

I need tires for the winter in Canada. We get a lot of snow and are pretty much below 0 degrees Celsius the entire winter, and this car is my daily driver .

My question is... do i get winter tires or all seasons? and why? I want to know if anyone has survived the winter with this car on all seasons. If i get winters I need to look for summers again in the spring.
Definitely winter tires. Michelin Pilot Alpine PA3 (or 4), Bridgestone Blizzak LM-26 if you drive on a lot of dry roads, Michelin xIce3 or Blizzak WS-70 if max snow traction.

All seasons won't help you stop or corner, or (since you don't have an 'xi) help you go very well.
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      11-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #3
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I had all seasons on my last vehicle (Mazdaspeed 6) which was all wheel drive and Floyd is on point, they do not help much with control and were mediocre in just about all conditions. My current car is RWD now and I am happy I went with snows. I'm looking at a set of winter wheels currently and it will be great to have both sets ready for the changing of the seasons.

The main difference is in having a RWD car, the acceleration will never be what it could be in an AWD car in the snow but, as Floyd said, the cornering and braking will be unmatched vs an all season. The way our cars operate- instead of 2 wheels getting power when in low traction situations (like in a truck) or under heavy acceleration, only one wheel gets the power, this is due to our cars having an open differential that lets the torque go to the path of least resistance (ie the inside rear wheel when cornering). This makes snows essential in an area that gets lots of it.

At the end of the day, with RWD, it's worth every penny.

Hope this helps...
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i see you're in toronto too... we dont get all that much snow anymore lol. get a good set of winter tires.. ive been running bridgestone blizzak lm-60 for the past 3 winters without problem. michelin xice3 is also good.
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In Toronto... If you can choose to never go out when there's snow on the roads, you're fine with AS. But when you have snow, you'll have trouble accelerating with RWD in AS.

I'd recommend that you get a set of winter tires. Popular options include Bridgestone Blizzak (LM60 performance oriented; WS70 snow and ice oriented) and Michelin X-Ice 3 (snow and ice oriented).

Nokians are more expensive, but seem to be some very good winter tires too.
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I used Pirelli Sottozero tires in Detroit last year and I was really pleased. I went 225 on all four corners to improve grip on my 335i.
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