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      12-05-2007, 06:50 PM   #1
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Winter Tire Suggestion

Greetings All,

OK, I drive a 2006 330i w/Sports Package that is currently parked down the street from my house because I had no traction to make it home in Maryland's first snowfall of the year.

Can anyone recommend a good all weather tire to replace my stock tires? I was looking to upgrade in the future, but today's weather may cause to move up my timeline. TIA...Jeff
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      12-05-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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If you go to Tirerack.com and click on their winter tire section, there will be a graph showing ratings of the various snow tires. A lot depends on whether you want the performance winter tire or the studless ice & snow tire. I would think that, for those who really live in a big snow area, the studless would be better.
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I used Dunlop Winter Sport M3 two winters and I didn't really like them. They were crappy when it was warm out (expected) and they didn't get me to work when it snowed out (a disappointment).

If it snows, you really need to have a full tank of gas and some weight in the trunk or "you ain't going nowhere". What I failed to realize was that my old car, a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria, had an LSD paired with its rear wheel drive which is what got the car moving. I've never lost control in the 3, but I've had trouble getting momentum.

Bridgestone Blizzaks are the absolute best for days like today. But days like today happen 3 times a year max in Washington. And on those weeks in January where it's 60 degrees, you'll be kicking yourself.
I find your claims as to the Dunlops very different than my own experience. I use the M3s on my 335i which has oodles more torque to the rear wheels than your car and I get through every snow storm just fine. Also in the dry the tires perform very well for a winter tire. Best I've used in the dry and will blow the Blizzacks away in the dry every day of the week. In snow and slush the tires are amazing, I've driven easily through around 8's of snow or more without any problem, the car just plows through. On ice they suffer a little and my rear gets twitchy but DSC brings it into check immediately, or on solid ice I just use DTC to get some wheel spin to get going. I'm just surprised at your Dunlop comments as tons of members here use them and rave about them.
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I live in Toronto and we've had 2 major storms so far. I have Dunlop SP Winter 3D and I've had no trouble what so ever. The performance is great and the car feels much better than the stock wheels. I got my entire set-up including the wheels from Tirerack. You can check out my winter set-up at the link below. Good luck with everything
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      12-07-2007, 04:49 PM   #7
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+1 on the positive review of the Dunlop M3 Winter Sport. I have the RFT version and I am a fan of them. If Blizzaks are better, they must be a damn fine tire, because I have been pleasantly surprised at how good the Dunlop M3s are. With a RWD 330i ZSP, it's not like I turn into a Jeep CJ5, but it gets me through the snow with reasonable confidence.

Last year, I had the Dunlop M3 on the car from late November until maybe April this year. I had them on the car so long because... well, it's a long story. Suffice it to say I had them on the car in snowy, slushy, cold, and wet and dry conditions, as well as during warm days in the wet and dry. I found them to be surprisingly good tires in all conditions. I don't know if my standards or expectations are lower than westwest888's, but I think they are really nice tires.

I just put them again on the day before yesterday, and once again, I have been surprised at how well they work. They get a big thumbs up from me.

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