RWD BMW in the snow?

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  1. Maffy29

    Maffy29 Active Member

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    So I've been kicking around a new car for a little while. Considering a BMW 3 series. I've found some nice 325is and 328is that are Certified Pre Owned at the two BMW dealers that are within 50 miles of me. I'm living in the snowbelt of NE Pennsylvania, so how do these cars handle in the snow? I've lived my whole live in Pennsylvania and Colorado, so I'm no stranger to snow.
     
  2. ZCP M3

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    I drive my M3 in the Midwest snow every year. Get yourself a set of dedicated winter tires. I use Dunlop Winter Sport M3's.
     
  3. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    +1

    I have 225/45/17 DWS M3s on my e36 M3 and it handles snow beautifully. Tires make a heck of a lot more difference than anything else.
     
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    Vicious-S New Member

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    i've driven a lot of cars in the snow, and i have to say rwd is my favorite. a good set of snows will make the difference in any car. bimmers handle good in most any terrain, and snow is no exception.
     
  5. GuiltySparc

    GuiltySparc OT Supporter

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    +1, the stock tires on my STi would cause me to spin in circles even with the AWD. I use Blizzak LM25s for snow and they are fantastic. Not a lot of grip loss during dry conditions and they work very well in snow/slush.
     
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    I have a 540i (lot more weight and a lot more torque) with summer hipo 255/40/17 tires (I live in Florida). I went to Tennessee a week ago and it was snowing (light snow) and as long as I drove sane, I did fine. A combination of good snow tires + smart driving should be good enough to take care of you.
     
  7. BudBrown

    BudBrown i done smoked with the best of em, shot at the res

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    my e36 m3 was fine in the snow with the correct tires, i got caught in 4" of snow on the roads once with bald summer tires though.. horrible.
     
  8. BudBrown

    BudBrown i done smoked with the best of em, shot at the res

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    if its an e36 you'll have a posi so thatll help alot, the only e46 with a posi is the m3, but i bet the newer trac control will help out enough
     
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    Yeah, the newer trac control works pretty well. i have an E39 525 and it handles pretty well in the snow with just all-seasons. That said, snow tires really do make a world of difference
     
  10. KMAzz

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    I actually got caught a few times in light snow in my bmw with the 19's. My rear tires are 19x10 front 19x8.5 with exclaim uhp tires which are summer tires. It actually did pretty well with those tires even made it up my giant hill. Now with the stock wheels and snow tires it can get thru most deep snow storms but I tend to leave it at home for those.

    This is the car with the 19's and the type of snow those wheels made it around in.
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  11. Maffy29

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    If I decide to buy, then the car will spend most of its time in Scranton, PA. If you can handle it, I'm sure I can too.
     
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    I also ran an E36 M3 on snow tires (Blizzak LM22) for two winters. I actually preferred driving the M3 in the snow instead of the 4x4 Dodge Ram that we had at the time.
     
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  14. xxpanipuri

    xxpanipuri Gideeyup Motherfuckers....

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    as mentioned a good set of snows and good driving and you should have no problems!
     
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    Best thing to do is find another car for the winter, but if not blizzacks are awesome tires
     
  16. KMAzz

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    When(not if..because these cars are amazing) you buy the car let me know. Im constantly putting together bmw fun runs and meets. We travel all over for them from places here in the poconos to scranton/wilks, hazelton etc. Everyone always has a great time.
     
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    I rocked Nokians all last winter with my E36 M3. Looooved it! It was better in the snow than my Audi 2.8q IMO. This year, I bought a Jeep for the winter months..but honestly, if you buy the correct tires for the season, you will be just fine!
     
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    james330i Imported Redneck

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    it's all about the snow tires, man.
     
  19. bmwlover0725

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    I have an e30 325is... I love it, but I have summer tires on it right now and its TERRIBLE in the snow... but I try not to drive it much during winter anyway because its rust free
     
  20. BombBuilder

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    My DD is an 86 325e. With the snow tires on it, it does great in the snow!
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    Honestly, in PA I'd be much more concerned about road salt than the snow itself. At least in NJ, they put sand on the roads instead.
     
  22. bmwlover0725

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    Well from what I've heard, they aren't too bad with snow tires... I'm just have other things planned for the car that have nothing to do with winter driving, but I'll probably get some snow tires eventually. Plus the eta models don't have as much torque... not that my car is a powerhouse, but it has a fair amount of torque compared to the 325e or any eta for that matter, so you have to be extremely light on the pedal depending on the amount of snow on the road :(
     
  23. asp

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    i say fwd > rwd in the snow
     
  24. BavarianMotorWe

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    ix... 4wd > fwd > rwd

    ...in the snow
     
  25. asp

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    of course 4wd ftw
     

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