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      10-31-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Winter DD's

Maybe this applies to some on this forum and not others, but for those of you who live in colder areas, prone to snow and ice, here are my questions:

-Do you drive a different DD car for the winter season?
-If so, what kind of car?

I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone does. I'll start off.

I am looking to get a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk for this upcoming winter season (and I'll garage my 335is for the inclement weather). The cherokee seems like a nice mix of off-roading (the lake-effect snow piles up here pretty quickly in upstate NY, and not all roads get plowed on time), comfort, and mpg performance. I am eager to see what others do for the winter setup.
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Nope, I stick with the BMW for winter. I'm not at a stage in life yet where I can have two cars Parking is $95/mo alone where I live. When I get a house, I'm definitely doing a dedicated summer/winter car. I'm thinking early '90s F-150

I used my E46 for last winter in Columbus, and it was phenomenal. I drove it through a pretty brutal snow storm on back roads coming back from the Detroit Auto Show. No problems whatsoever. Winter tires make all the difference. This year I'm going for ExtremeContact DWS's and seeing how they play out. I've heard fantastic things about them in the snow.

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I just slap some winters on it and enjoy the tail sliding fun! These cars have so much aluminum, plastic and a good paint job that rust really isn't much of a concern. Now if you want to baby your IS, that is another thing really.
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Luckily for me I live in California and the only real winter conditions are overcast days and a little rain. No need to have an alternate vehicle if you live out here.
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Same 2011 335 convertible with my 18 inch OEM wheels and the square set up of Michelin Alpin PA 4 tires.

I use my car all year long for just about anything. Guess I'm one of those few that don't really give a shit too much and enjoy the car for what it is- regardless of the season.
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that's got to be a blast driving around in the winter!
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that's got to be a blast driving around in the winter!
The best winter experience for sure.. Especially when you throw snows on these. Truckin' through blizzards.
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No dedicated winter car for me. I went with an xi so I can drive it year round.
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The best winter experience for sure.. Especially when you throw snows on these. Truckin' through blizzards.
I believe it. I had a 2008 WRX. With snow tires, that thing was unbeatable in the snow and ice. And way more fun to slide around than my 335xi on winters. Very predictable handling when sideways.


My 335xi IS gonna be the winter DD. The 1990 M5 will be driven more in spring and summer although I'm getting the winters for that car swapped on today.
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Same 2011 335 convertible with my 18 inch OEM wheels and the square set up of Michelin Alpin PA 4 tires.

I use my car all year long for just about anything. Guess I'm one of those few that don't really give a shit too much and enjoy the car for what it is- regardless of the season.
I'm with you on this one. I have an Xi so I definitely use it for everything. I take my wife's truck when it gets real deep. This thing ain't artwork to stare at.

Op: that Cherokee is probably a solid choice. You could probably find a used late 90s 4.0 Cherokee for cheap. Those are beasts
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I'm with you on this one. I have an Xi so I definitely use it for everything. I take my wife's truck when it gets real deep. This thing ain't artwork to stare at.

Op: that Cherokee is probably a solid choice. You could probably find a used late 90s 4.0 Cherokee for cheap. Those are beasts
I have a 2000 Cherokee...will be my first winter with it, ill see how it does
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I have a 2000 Cherokee...will be my first winter with it, ill see how it does
I've heard that the earlier generation cherokee's are very good/reliable cars, especially the 6 cylinder. I almost bought one myself.
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I don't have a dedicated winter DD so much as just a dedicated DD ('03 5-spd Civic). This will be the first winter with it, so we'll see how that goes.
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The best winter experience for sure.. Especially when you throw snows on these. Truckin' through blizzards.
Scoobies are a hoot in horrible winter conditions. I find myself looking for unplowed side streets when there is a bad snowfall to maximize the fun.
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My 335xi is my DD and I slap on a set of blizzaks for extra measure in the winter. The car is a snowmobile.
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-Do you drive a different DD car for the winter season?
-If so, what kind of car?
I drove a RWD E90 328i last year during that winter that set a few records. It was my first experience with a rear-drive only car, with an auto trans, so I took my dealer's advice and put snow tires on. I felt the car did awesome, even after 4 winters in a stick shift Impreza.

Based on how great the RWD did, the xDrive will probably be unstoppable with my Blizzaks.

I'd say if you have the money, you might as well just get a beater in case someone slides into you or something freak like that; however, I think it's important to remember that BMW designs their cars for snow, since they're based in a region with comparable inclement weather.
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That is not something a normal person wears while traversing the antarctic.

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Same 2011 335 convertible with my 18 inch OEM wheels and the square set up of Michelin Alpin PA 4 tires.

I use my car all year long for just about anything. Guess I'm one of those few that don't really give a shit too much and enjoy the car for what it is- regardless of the season.
I do the same.
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