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Old 01-05-2004, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pretty sure I'm going to get a 03 325 i, but I am still a little scared about how it will handle the snow. I don't want a car that will get stuck a lot, or end up in the ditch. Just wonder how you do with your i in the snow, is it really that big of a deal???

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I live in Montreal Canada and drive my 2002 325i in the snow from Decembre to April. My first suggestion is to get 4 good snow tires.
I don't think it'a a big deal to drive it on snow.
I love the rear traction because it's easyer to control a skid in a curve.
I have'nt got it stuck in snow yet !!

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if you need a car that handles well in the snow, get the 325xi or the 330xi.
These cars have AWD and will perform much better in the snow than the RWD versions.

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if you need a car that handles well in the snow, get the 325xi or the 330xi.
These cars have AWD and will perform much better in the snow than the RWD versions.

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BUT... At the sacrifice of Performance. We get occasional snow here in Kansas and I think ill be just fine with the 330i's Dynamic Stability Control system. I think the best full time traction control coupled with the 330is driving characteristics provide the best all around driver for me. BMWs all wheel drive system is very good though.
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I just got back from a weekend ski trip to vermont in my 330i. It snowed almost the whole time we were there, and the ground was already pretty icy. I didn't have any problems, as long as I didn't accelerate too fast. I had the same questions as you did a few weeks ago when I bought my car - should I get the 330i or the 330xi. My reasoning for picking the 330i was the following.....where I live (New York's Hudson Valley), we don't get a ridiculous amount of snow and the local government does a good job clearing the roads pretty quickly. In the rare occasions when we get more than a foot of snow, I have to be dilligent in clearing my driveway or else I'll have trouble getting out. Trust me - a few hours of shoveling more than make up for the way the 330i performs on dry asphalt. And definitely get a good set of snow tires. Hope this helps.

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Old 01-06-2004, 01:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I drive a 330ci rwd and with snow tires it as good as any other car I've ever driven in the snow... Great Choice go with the 330 better more fun and nicer come resale
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thanks for the feed back.

Is snow tires a must? Or can I get by with the all season?
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well its kinda like the whole RWD vs AWD thing.

BMW RWD is good enough in the snowand rain because of all of the DSC. In heavy snow, you would still need chains.

AWD (xi) is excellent in the snow and rain and can driven in heavy snow conditions without chains.

All seasons are good enough for a light snow and raining conditions. But snow tires are GREAT in snow and heavy conditions.

Spike - if you live in an area that snows and rains alot, get the xi. You wont regret it at all. If you live in a place like nyc where, the roads are cleared and you only get light contact with snow, a 325ci with all seasons would suffice.

I have AWD in my Audi and i drive in heavy rain like it was dry asphalt.

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I've been living in the south for 8 years, so I don't have to worry about it... I spent 10 years up north in the snow, however, BUT it was in a FWD car...

What I am wondering is how do you drive RWD [/I]differently[I] in Snow? Some folks are talking about driving in rain like snow, but I have never treated the two the same...
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Havent had to drive my 328 in the snow yet but my old 318ti did great in the snow with a sand bag in the trunk and Michelin Arctic Alpins. Depends on what tires are on the car now on how they do in the snow, I just know the MXV4's that come with the car are terrible in snow. I dont mind the RWD, its a lot of fun comming around a corner in a 4 wheel drift when its icy out.
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No big deal to me. Just take your time, the ASC takes alot of the brain (and fun ) out of it...
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I've been driving mine in the snow this year, no snow tires and have not had any issues. I tried to make it skid on some light snow and it basically corrects it self in seconds.

Of course turning the DSC off is a completely different story.

I used to drive a mustang, and had my hesitations with another RWD, but I am very happy with it performance.

I also believe that the 50/50 balance has a a lot to do with the handling on snow as well, especially as you neter and exit a skid.
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Thanks for all your help. Sounds like I just just suck it up for the couple of weeks of snow we get in Ohio and get the 325I.
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Something else to keep in mind is that AWD makes a difference only when accelerating. It makes NO difference when braking. Today's traction controls basically neutralize AWD in turns, unless you are trying to accel in the turn - in which case you are asking to spin out...

Winter tires will make the biggest difference in winter driving, not AWD.
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If you have AWD and accelerate on a turn, you wouldnt spin out. That is what AWD is for, control. And an AWD with all season tires would out perform a RWD or FWD car with winter tires hands down in rain or snow.
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