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      08-02-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Mount Washington Auto Road, New Hampshire

Has anyone tried driving up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a lowered automatic BMW 3 series?

I've done it in SUV and think I should be fine but was just curious if anyone else had done it.

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I have made the trip comfortably many times in a 2008 328 XI (stock).

However, my one shot at it in a 2007 (I think) Z4 (stock) was fairly painful due to the current road conditions - very choppy, very broken pavement. In the Z4 I was dodging giant holes the entire way up and constantly getting my teeth knocked together.

My guess is you could do it, I don't have a ton of experience with lowered cars - I'm assuming you are as low or lower then the Z4.
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Howdy,

I have made the trip comfortably many times in a 2008 328 XI (stock).

However, my one shot at it in a 2007 (I think) Z4 (stock) was fairly painful due to the current road conditions - very choppy, very broken pavement. In the Z4 I was dodging giant holes the entire way up and constantly getting my teeth knocked together.

My guess is you could do it, I don't have a ton of experience with lowered cars - I'm assuming you are as low or lower then the Z4.

Thanks, I may be fine. I also have a 328xi. But with 19" rims and go flat tires. It may not be bad. Thanks for your help!
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Just hike up. You'll have the time of your life.
Thanks for the idea. But I'll be with two German girls and they're not experienced hikers.
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Not a problem at all driving up.
We just did our annual Climb to the Clouds and had +30 BMWs up there

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmh-pic...7630031050121/

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Not a problem at all driving up.
We just did our annual Climb to the Clouds and had +30 BMWs up there

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmh-pic...7630031050121/

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Thanks! Those photos are amazing! How much did you use the hill descent control?
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Thanks! Those photos are amazing! How much did you use the hill descent control?
Hill descent control was awesome on the way down! It's the only time I have ever been in a situation where it was even remotely feasible to use.

I actually found myself playing with it quite a bit, it's very strange, its like you set your speed with the gas pedal, and it uses the brakes when you exceed that speed - i.e. if you back off the gas, the brakes come into play immediately to bring your speed down.

I agree climbing it yourself is a fairly magical experience. I keep wanting to go back but the first time I fooled myself contantly into thinking "Maybe I'm getting close..." and I started doing that roughly 1/5th of the way up.

I'm a little worried at hitting it again, but this time knowing the full extent of what I'm up against right from the start.
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Not a problem at all driving up.
We just did our annual Climb to the Clouds and had +30 BMWs up there

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmh-pic...7630031050121/

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I was part of this group as well. My E93 has the Sport Suspension with 18s and I had no issues at all.
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Not a problem at all driving up.
We just did our annual Climb to the Clouds and had +30 BMWs up there

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmh-pic...7630031050121/

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Wow! Totally want to make a trip there now

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Hill descent control was awesome on the way down!
Yet to find a reason to use that in the Greater Boston Area. Interesting description. I'm not sure if I'd like it or find it intuitive. I guess it depends on how much you have to fight the system to get the speed you want. If its constantly going between gas and brake I think I'd prefer to have the control myself.

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i hiked up Mt washington in December 20th a few years ago, i really do not recommend it. Below 0 degrees and 50+ mile an hour winds. Snow storm started to come in and it was pretty damn scary.
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Just did this drive yesterday for the first time after living in NH for 16 years in my stock '08 335i, was a great drive. The dirt section was a little sketchy trying to get past the huge SUV's coming down but other than that, no issues. Was cloudy at the top so no views.

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I did it in a lowered 335xi 6 speed just fine. Keep the A/C off and watch oil temps if you don't have an oil cooler. You should be fine.
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