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      05-10-2006, 07:50 AM   #1
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330 w/sport package driving in the winter

I know that this subject may have been discussed in the past but has anyone driven its 330 w/sport package in the winter. I am woindering how did it handles in the cold or snow........BTW, I am picking up my car on Sat
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      05-10-2006, 07:56 AM   #2
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You must, repeat must, get winter tires if you expect to drive in the snow/ice. In DC, well, if you can deal with the metro on the few days you get snow then no problem. That said, current winter tires are really excellent (e.g., Dunlop M3). They are not that expensive, save wear on your summer tires, and you get the best of both worlds: great summer & winter performance (all-seasons are not so great in snow). So I would not take this as any reason not to get the sports package (the single best option, IMO).
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      05-10-2006, 07:58 AM   #3
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Hmm, I don´t think, there´s given any differences between a normal
E90 and someone with the M-package, only the body looks with M
more sportive and chassis is 15 mm deeper than the standard.
You shouldn´t have any prob´s with it in the winter months, believe
me.
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      05-10-2006, 08:00 AM   #4
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I have 325i with sport package and it is absolutely great fun to drive on a slippery surface. The car is very predictable when driving on the edge of loosing the grip. I drove half of the winter sideways the DSC off and had a lots of fun. Of course you must have good tires.
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BMWBMW is asking about the USA sports package, which comes with summer performance tires. It is not the Euro M-pack, which we cannot get here.
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All depends how much snow you get. Since you are in the VA/DC area, I would suggest you get some quality snow tires.
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If you don't get winter tires your 330i will be completely useless in the snow.
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If you don't get winter tires your 330i will be completely useless in the snow.
I second that. Even my 17" RFT's where just about useless in a small amount (1-2 in.) of snow. The traction control helps but it's not enough. I had winter tires but didn't get them on fast enough. I won't make that mistake again this winter.
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Thanks to all for the feedback. I'm going to take a look in the fall for some winter tires, or get a beat-up Subaru for the winter days. I have to say, that last winter was so mild we only had a couple of snow days.
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Driving an E90 in snow with Dunlop M3s is heaven.
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BMWBMW is asking about the USA sports package, which comes with summer performance tires. It is not the Euro M-pack, which we cannot get here.
It's same thing in here. We have to buy the winter tires separately of course.
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      05-11-2006, 01:26 AM   #12
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For DC you will need winter tires. Unless you have another car to drive in the snow. The low profiles are absolulty useless for those conditions. Other than that, it did fine.
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i had winter tires and i barely moved anywhere...
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I got a set of 17 inch wheels with Dunlop Winter M3 (RFT) tires for the winter. This was by far the best decision I could have made this winter. The only limiting factor was the ground clearance of my car. As long as the snow wasn't high enough cause a "plowing" effect with the front of the car, I was fine.

Frequently, I would pass SUV's that had spun off the road (likely due to driving too fast for the conditions), while I was able to keep driving comfortably.
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You can also add some weight in the trunk. This will help getting around in the snow. I live in Pittsburgh and we really don't get much snow any more because of it just getting warmer every year. Last year, I would have been fine without doing anything. I plan on not doing anything and just driving my 330i w/sport. I may add a little weight in the trunk if it is snowing, but it is becoming like Florida here due to global warming.
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Yeah I forgot to mention that I bought 17's as well. Much better ride for the conditions.
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DC is also flat, so it will even be easier to get around than Pittsburgh. You guys can get some snow if the conditions are right, but it tends to melt pretty fast due to how warm it is way down there.
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snow dc

I cannot drive with my summer sports even if it smells like snow! I tried in about 1inch and the traction was gone..and I mean gone...zero..zilch..nada..gone home..have a nice day. I had to push the car while my g-friend steered while i smelled burning rubber from the rear tires. I know...I know...It states that it is not RECOMMENDED to drive sports in the snow...hello BMW...It is suicide..how about something a little more to match the danger so we don't kill ourselves. Thankfully, I'm moving to LA...
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the car is AWFUL in the snow without snow tires
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You absolutely need snow tires. Believe me I have driven in a snow storm with the summer tires, ITS SUICIDAL, NOT RECOMMENDED. With a good set of snow tires you should be OK. The lower suspension is not noticeable, get a higher profile tire. Its suprising how well the car handles in the snow.
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Keeping in mind, I am 40 years old and have way more experience in the snow than most anyone here. I am not worried about driving my 330i w/Sport in the snow. Shouldn't be that bad, may actually be fun. Now I can see if you are young and really don't have the experience, you may need some snow tires until you get a feel for driving in the snow. It takes practice and that practice would be better done on a cheaper car. It doesn't snow much in DC to really justify any snow set up really.
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