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Old 12-07-2003, 03:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How well do our BMW handle in the snow? It just snowed several inches in NY and the car is covered in snow. I always use my A4 in the snow but it's in the shop right now. Anyways, is there anything I should watch out for? Thanks.
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How well do our BMW handle in the snow? It just snowed several inches in NY and the car is covered in snow. I always use my A4 in the snow but it's in the shop right now. Anyways, is there anything I should watch out for? Thanks.
my FWD S40 handles great in snow, especially when I engage "winter mode". Basicly the car stays in 4th gear the whole time (i think)
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just dont gun it...dont stay in first gear too long, even starting in second is a good thing. High revs are generaly a bad idea.
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what kind do you have? awd, rwd? just dont do anything dumb and your safe, winter tires are a plus as well, obviously haha
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rwd. I have the all weather tires. Only reason I'm asking is that I've never had any experience with rwd in the snow. I'm used to my A4 which is great in the snow.
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just take it easy and dont put any sudden accelerator inputs and you should be fine
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Sorry to break it to you, but your Bimmer (unless it's an 'x' AWD version) is going to SUCK MAJOR ASS in the snow. I have driven A4s for years while living in snow country (with Blizzaks), and they were sweet. Didn't go Bimmer until I moved away from the snow, but I have tried Bimmers in the snow--even with top shelf snows--and they stink.
I'd highly suggest that you be very careful so long as there's snow on the ground. If you find it to be problematic, get an A4--they rock in the snow.
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amen to that.

if this is really a concern get awd. my 330i is undrivable in snow (on bridgestones potenzas which have NO SIPING!!), as is normal and was expected.

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Sorry to break it to you, but your Bimmer (unless it's an 'x' AWD version) is going to SUCK MAJOR ASS in the snow. I have driven A4s for years while living in snow country (with Blizzaks), and they were sweet. Didn't go Bimmer until I moved away from the snow, but I have tried Bimmers in the snow--even with top shelf snows--and they stink.
I'd highly suggest that you be very careful so long as there's snow on the ground. If you find it to be problematic, get an A4--they rock in the snow.
That's normal when you don't know how to drive rear wheel drive in show/rain and you have the wrong tires on the car. It all comes down to driver skill. I've seen people drive AWD right off the road while people driving RWD were just fine. If you have no/little experience I suggest you get your BMW to a snowed in, empty, parking lot and practice learning how to control your vehicle.

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That's normal when you don't know how to drive rear wheel drive in show/rain and you have the wrong tires on the car. It all comes down to driver skill. I've seen people drive AWD right off the road while people driving RWD were just fine. If you have no/little experience I suggest you get your BMW to a snowed in, empty, parking lot and practice learning how to control your vehicle.

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While it's true that one can learn how to drive a rear-wheel drive car *better* in the snow, it would be ludicrous to assert that a Bimmer rwd--even with good tires and a good driver behind the wheel--is a *good* snow car. At best one can hope to get by.
Again, if you're looking for a car that's good in the snow, give a shot to an A4 or an 'X' Bimmer.
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Originally posted by ConnieLynnGus+Dec 7 2003, 04:57 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (ConnieLynnGus @ Dec 7 2003, 04:57 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-GreenDragon@Dec 7 2003, 08:23 AM

That's normal when you don't know how to drive rear wheel drive in show/rain and you have the wrong tires on the car. It all comes down to driver skill. I've seen people drive AWD right off the road while people driving RWD were just fine. If you have no/little experience I suggest you get your BMW to a snowed in, empty, parking lot and practice learning how to control your* vehicle.

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While it's true that one can learn how to drive a rear-wheel drive car *better* in the snow, it would be ludicrous to assert that a Bimmer rwd--even with good tires and a good driver behind the wheel--is a *good* snow car. At best one can hope to get by.
Again, if you're looking for a car that's good in the snow, give a shot to an A4 or an 'X' Bimmer. [/b][/quote]
Never said that the BMW was a good snow car. Wait, let me double check that ... uh huh, yeah.

Also, the original intent was not to ask opinions of what car to buy, but what to look out for whilst driving his bmw in the snow. So poo poo on you.

At best, if one knows how to drive RWD in snow, one could hope to drive around with few problems. BMW, or no BMW. What would be ludicrous would be to spend 25+ grand on a car with AWD instead of investing some time and learning how to drive your current car. Because either way, you still don't know how to drive in snow/rain.
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Old 12-07-2003, 11:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ConnieLynnGus+Dec 7 2003, 09:57 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (ConnieLynnGus @ Dec 7 2003, 09:57 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-GreenDragon@Dec 7 2003, 08:23 AM

That's normal when you don't know how to drive rear wheel drive in show/rain and you have the wrong tires on the car. It all comes down to driver skill. I've seen people drive AWD right off the road while people driving RWD were just fine. If you have no/little experience I suggest you get your BMW to a snowed in, empty, parking lot and practice learning how to control your* vehicle.

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While it's true that one can learn how to drive a rear-wheel drive car *better* in the snow, it would be ludicrous to assert that a Bimmer rwd--even with good tires and a good driver behind the wheel--is a *good* snow car. At best one can hope to get by.
Again, if you're looking for a car that's good in the snow, give a shot to an A4 or an 'X' Bimmer. [/b][/quote]
I already have an A4 which I use for winter driving but it's in the shop now (shitty timing). That car is awsome in the snow.
Anyways, I have to take the BMW to work tomorrow and just dug it out of the snow. Took me an hour. Hopefully it will come out of the spot. I'm going to take it really slow and shift at low rpms. I think I'll be allright. I have to agree though that an awd car is much more safer and handles better than a rwd car in the snow. Although, the driver does play an important role.
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Originally posted by GreenDragon+Dec 7 2003, 08:23 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (GreenDragon @ Dec 7 2003, 08:23 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-ConnieLynnGus@Dec 7 2003, 12:51 PM
Sorry to break it to you, but your Bimmer (unless it's an 'x' AWD version) is going to SUCK MAJOR ASS in the snow. I have driven A4s for years while living in snow country (with Blizzaks), and they were sweet. Didn't go Bimmer until I moved away from the snow, but I have tried Bimmers in the snow--even with top shelf snows--and they stink.
I'd highly suggest that you be very careful so long as there's snow on the ground. If you find it to be problematic, get an A4--they rock in the snow.
That's normal when you don't know how to drive rear wheel drive in show/rain and you have the wrong tires on the car. It all comes down to driver skill. I've seen people drive AWD right off the road while people driving RWD were just fine. If you have no/little experience I suggest you get your BMW to a snowed in, empty, parking lot and practice learning how to control your vehicle.

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I agree with GreenDragon all the way! It is the driver that is in control. If you want experience in driving in the snow get an S-10, and don't put any weight in the bed! : Did this for many years, and amazingly enough, I never had a problem.
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well all i can say is take it easy take the car to an open parking lot first and get to know what your car is gonna do in certain situations. even though ive got tonnes of snow driving experience, every decent snow fall i do this to re-aquaint myself with the white stuff.
2 things to know about your car, one is acs-t will save your ass, but if your stuck on a hill the asc-t will make you sit still so your gonna have to take off the acs-t and give it a little gas, if your car wants to go sideways then pull the ebrake up ever so slight to try and counter the cars predictable movement
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