3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
Just bought a lovely restored, 1987 325ic for my wife and we were wondering about people's winter driving experiences, as the roads can get nasty here in New England.
Do you get winter tires? If so, are there recommendations?
We're concerned because we had a rear wheel drive sports coupe that was awful in the winter. A few sandbags in the trunk helped, but only a bit.
If it's not going to be winter-driven, then the LSD is only of limited value. Really, if it's that nicely restored, are you sure you want to drive it on salty, slushy roads in the first place? My 'vert is in good shape but is by no means a well-restored specimen, so I have no qualms about driving it in winter.
Plus, if you're going to winter-drive it, consider finding a hardtop.
By the way, the small metal tag is, IIRC, visible if you scoot under the car from behind. Years of wear may have damaged the tag, so you may have to get close up to see if there's an "S" on it, but it should be relatively easy to find.
Well, my winter issues have been solved. My mechanic convinced me to find a winter beater to keep the 325ic as nice as it is, as well as for safety reasons. At first I balked, but once I saw the price of good snow tires, I thought a small investment would be worthwhile.
I've liked driving the 325 so much, that I went ahead and bought a 1989
325ix for the bad weather. The iX hasn't reached me yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
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