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post #11 of 17 Old 02-06-2015, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Maddy View Post
I'm driving a 428i RWD with M sport suspension in Canada with BMW approved winter tires. We get snow and we get lots of cold weather. Comparing the 428 to my old 328 RWD the difference is stark. My 328 never ever lost control no matter how much snow and ice was on the road, the 428 fish tails, the traction control is constantly on and it's impossible to stop on ice. The 328 was always in control, never fish tailed and I have seen traction control go on about a dozen times in 4 years. They don't make them like they used to!
Not bad at all, and I think recently you guys got it really bad, so that must have been a big test as to how that combination of yours works.

What winter tires are you running?
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post #12 of 17 Old 09-01-2015, 01:24 PM
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Yeah, don't! Seriously though. I've owned 2002's. 320i's and now a 2014 435 Vert and to my continuing surprise all of my experiences in snow with ANY Bimmer have been far less than satisfying. too light and needs more weight in the rear for sure, they tend to plow and don't track well in anything over 1-2". Don't they have snow in Germany?
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post #13 of 17 Old 09-03-2015, 12:24 AM
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Wow, all sorts of stories.
Everyone has their own perspective and history.
To be sure, if your Bimmer has just RWD your most important physical need is true winter tires. There are many good ones, we've had very good experience with Bridgestone Blizzaks. After that it's mostly about you.
We certainly don't get winters here like the folks up north but our 6-10 ice storms each year along with a few 4"-8" snows have a way of teaching one to drive 'patiently' and deliberately. Plan ahead. Think ahead.
Yes, throw a little weight in the boot but it's mainly about using your head and like mentioned earlier, get a little practice (in a safe place) learning your car's manners before you need to know them.

It often works well to drive in higher gears than normal. On ice I usually start out in 2nd and move into third within a few feet. This low RPM along with Gentle throttle management help avoid wheel-spin and fishtailing. The rest is just common sense.

In recent years we've been spoiled as we've had BMWs with xDrive and we've never been 'stuck' in one. We've run nothing but all-seasons on these vehicles. I've pushed through snow halfway up to the headlights, negotiated more miles on ice than any sane person should and driven in -20 degrees F ... on all-seasons. However, Blizzaks on the xDrives would be even better.

Someone above said that his 4-series didn't do as well in snow as a prior 3-series. Our experience with E39s, E46s, E90s, X3s and now a 428xi has been pretty consistent. There are certainly things about the newer generations that we don't like as well as the earlier cars but they still get us around quite nicely.

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post #14 of 17 Old 10-12-2015, 03:40 AM
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Winter is just around the bend and it may be time to get my ride winter ready. I just change the tires and call it a day. Usually that's enough unless the freak ice storm happens again.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-18-2015, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Seriesous View Post
Winter is just around the bend and it may be time to get my ride winter ready. I just change the tires and call it a day. Usually that's enough unless the freak ice storm happens again.
Totally depends where you live. In the city the roads are cleared pretty regularly so its not like you;d have to have some more extreme solutions, like maybe you'd have t if you live in a more rural area.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-25-2015, 06:44 PM
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just hannnggg it out yo... dont be afraid if the back end waggles a bit. traction control can be your friend...
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-27-2015, 04:53 PM
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From Canada and snow tires + extremely careful driving is enough. Doubt anyone will be driving in the freak ice storm or snow storm we had last year. I usually hibernate anyways and stock up my freezer for the winter.
Yes, I may be a bear.
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