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      10-10-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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335xi or 335i with snow tires for Denver?

Hi all, I just moved to Boulder, CO (near Denver) and I'm trying to figure out if I really have to get a 335xi with snow tires for my planned weekly trips up to the ski resorts, or if I can manage with a 335i and snow tires.

I would just get an xi and not even think about it, but it's HARD to find an xi coupe, let alone one with any type of options/color combo I'd want. So the main reason I'm considering the 335i is just to get some variety and choices. But since I'm going to be skiing a ton I don't want to shoot myself in the foot and be stuck in the slow lane while all the AWD people are zooming by me.

Thanks for any advice.
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Of your going to do a lot of ski trips, definitely get a Xi. Snow up the high country can be pretty unpredictable.
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      10-10-2011, 08:01 PM   #3
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i is fine with snow tires in around the front range, I havent had issue unless its really deep, but I wouldnt be taking my car up to the mtns in a snow storm. Going up to the MTN's, get an XI. XI + snows = TANK as long as you have the ground clearance.
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If you are buying in Colorado, it seems tougher to find a non X-drive IMO. I had to go out of state to get my RWD (and I do run snow tires during the winter, but we take my wife's car up to mountains during the winter - you really want something with some ground clearance up there IMHO).

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XI it is. Thanks guys.
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That's quite an improvement from a "shitty old civic." Congrats Angel good luck!
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civic's aren't shitty. One of the most reliable cars ever built.
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Naw, RWD is fine in the snow around here with proper snow tires. I drive my RWD E34 530i everywhere and that thing is a tank...granted the 3-series is lower which could be a bigger deal in really deep snow.

As long as you don't live on a country road or anything, you don't need XI.

These other guys saying you need it just need to learn how to drive a RWD car in the snow is all...but like said above, good luck finding one locally.

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I would get a xi.

"Shitty old civic" hahaha nice
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noway to RWD on I-70 in the mountains. It gets pretty hairy sometimes if theres a blizzard, I'd recommend packing cables in the trunk too just in case....I've been stranded since I didn't have them and the roads were only open if you had chains/cables.
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Whatever, we've been doing RWD with snow tires since I was a little kid when the snow was really bad.
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im also interested to know what most say about this....

im moving to denver soon, and when i bought my car i really wanted a rwd....but i figured if im going to be in a high snow climate maybe id get x drive......whis i did, and love, but i still want a rwd because the parts are so much more available and better.
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im also interested to know what most say about this....

im moving to denver soon, and when i bought my car i really wanted a rwd....but i figured if im going to be in a high snow climate maybe id get x drive......whis i did, and love, but i still want a rwd because the parts are so much more available and better.
I've been driving rear wheel drive BMWs with snows for years and there have only been a handful of times that I haven't been able to go where I want and I have never gotten stuck (but almost have).

I also tend to have a 4WD vehicle as a second or third car available and there are times I have been out in that (skiing, mountains and deep snow) and if I had been in my BMW it would not have worked until roads or parking lots were plowed.

If your BMW is your only car and RWD, I would recommend a more aggressive snow tire tread rather than a performance snow tire and you will have better results. You'll be limited then only by clearance, driving skills, ice and really, really steep hills or combinations of those things.
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I have 2 335xi's and would recommend the AWD. Peace of mind in the snow! JMHO
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