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      12-02-2007, 05:01 PM   #1
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How good is the rwd in the snow?

I'm about to place an order for the 335....at first I was dead set on getting the 335xi.....but after doing alot of research am looking into maybe just getting the I. My past cars have been a FWD and now currently wrx....I had snows on the fwd and thought they were great....then I got the wrx and put lm-22's on it and it was a whole new world. Driving up for ski trips in storms, driving to work, and around town.....the subaru awd + snows is an unstopable combination. Even this morning driving out to queens on the LIE....passed two spin outs...one was a 5 series...and i just pulled into the HOV (completely snow covered) and just motored along.

Basically I have alot of experience driving an awd/winter setup...and love the added control of taking off from a stop, incline or not, as well as out accelerating suvs from lights and seeing the look on their faces lol. I'm an avid skier/boarder, Work in healthcare and so a storm is no excuse not to go into work, have two relatively big hills I have to drive up to get to/home from work, and my driveway is on an incline. But I'm also a driver...tend to autocross(mostly for fun) couple times a year...and maybe hit the track once a season. I have never owned a rwd car...and don't know if a rwd with winters would satisfy my needs. I spoke to a friend that has a 330i with blizzak lm-22's and he said it wasn't that great and the rear swayed alot.

Just looking to see what other people in the tri-state think about rwd + snows, would I be able to get up a relative big hill if I came to a complete stop on it? It is inevitable that I'd have to stop on it...becuase it is a big long hill(about 1/4-1/8th mile) with a stop light at the top of the hill
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      12-02-2007, 05:38 PM   #2
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AWD is great, but not needed if you get snow tires. I am too coming from a Subaru which was good with AWD and all seasons. My last car however was a 400hp rwd. This did fine with snow tires in many heavy snows. The 50/50 weight distribution and dtc/dsc keep you safe. You will not go as fast as in the Subaru, but you probably shouldn't either.

If I had more than 14 days a year with snow covered roads I personally would opt for awd. Otherwise rwd with snow tires should get you by in everything except for the worse conditions.
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      12-02-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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yea today i passed a couple spin out on the lie on the way to work oo man there wasent that much snow but it was bad...

i have rwd and i had no problem just cant really hit it..i have my stocks on right now for the winter.....basicly the car keeps its contol just dont get to crazy.......i wasent use to the car in the snow so i was hitting it a lil to much after the lights and i was just sppining tieres lol...
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My wifes g35x has all seasons, but even with awd I'd rather have the extra control/traction/confidence of braking as well as accelerating, that comes with winter tires. Just the decrease in braking distance is warrant enough IMO to get snows. My biggest concern with rwd is getting out of my driveway and up the two big hills at work....especially knowing that I'd have to stop in the middle of the hill several times...and can't rely on using momentum to get up the whole hill.

3pete3the5greekI: yeh I don't get it either....not that much snow at all. If i do end up getting rwd....holding back from hitting it is gonna be tough. My wrx with the lm-22's can accelerate like a bat outta hell...and love hitting it feeling it just grip and getting thrown back a bit still. I guess I'd learn to hold myself back....but i don't want to be crossing my fingers everytime I come to a stop on a hill/incline.

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My wifes g35x has all seasons, but even with awd I'd rather have the extra control/traction/confidence of braking as well as accelerating, that comes with winter tires. Just the decrease in braking distance is warrant enough IMO to get snows. My biggest concern with rwd is getting out of my driveway and up the two big hills at work....especially knowing that I'd have to stop in the middle of the hill several times...and can't rely on using momentum to get up the whole hill.

3pete3the5greekI: yeh I don't get it either....not that much snow at all. If i do end up getting rwd....holding back from hitting it is gonna be tough. My wrx with the lm-22's can accelerate like a bat outta hell...and love hitting it feeling it just grip and getting thrown back a bit still. I guess I'd learn to hold myself back....but i don't want to be crossing my fingers everytime I come to a stop on a hill/incline.

yeaa i know whjat u mean lol
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Just remember to keep the right rear tire on the road as much as possible. Youre working with 1wd here. Much easier to get stuck.
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BMW + Snow = unhappy driver, crashed car or lots of fun
so far i have only experienced the first and last possible results
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I have 328 sedan with sport package/summer performance tires.
anything over a dusting renders the car useless.

but I don't drive it in the snow, I have the wife's teal terror for that
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get snows!
I could not get out of my driveway yesterday.
2 inches of snow and the stock RFT all seasons on my 328i and the car would'nt move!
I've allways had snows because all of my previous cars had summer performance tires and a set of winter tires w/snows.
I thought the all season bridgestones would be ok but I was wrong. Had to order Blizzaks yesterday.
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Just remember to keep the right rear tire on the road as much as possible. Youre working with 1wd here. Much easier to get stuck.
hey j/w cuz im pretty sure mine does......doesnt the cazr have pos trac?
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