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E28, E34 in snow

I'm debating picking up a 5-Series BMW (E28 or E34) for my next car but I've gotten mixed reviews of how the handle the snow. I'm going to be in Vermont a lot for the next four years so I need something that won't slide out of control with a few flakes on the road.

At first I thought the sheer weight of the car would hold it down, but I drove a Mercedes E320 home through a blizzard once and basically made the whole trip sideways...

So, any E28 or E34 BMW owners that have snow experience, let me know about it.

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They can be controlled but you will need a set of dedicated snow tires.

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I managed to go 3 winters without snow tires. Granted, Kentucky winters aren't as bad as those in MA, but I managed. With a set of snow tires, it should be no problem.

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As a rule RWD car accelerates more slowly than

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I'm debating picking up a 5-Series BMW (E28 or E34) for my next car but I've gotten mixed reviews of how the handle the snow. I'm going to be in Vermont a lot for the next four years so I need something that won't slide out of control with a few flakes on the road.

At first I thought the sheer weight of the car would hold it down, but I drove a Mercedes E320 home through a blizzard once and basically made the whole trip sideways...

So, any E28 or E34 BMW owners that have snow experience, let me know about it.

Thanks!
FWD cars in snow. Add a slope and FWD cars do better.
I used to live in Montreal and know the Vermont weather.
Even with a full set of 4 snow tires, RWD cars do not do as well as FWD cars.

I have E39 and is OK on snow here in Omaha.
However my Volvo V70 (FWD) do better on snow.
In the past I had a 1991 Volvo 240 and it was a challenge in snow. Just do not accelerate too much with RWD cars.

Ideally, get a BMW for most of the time. Then use a 4x4 beater car for winter (like an old beatup Subaru).
If you are allowed only one car in Vermont, the go FWD or 4x4.
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I live in CT and on normal snow days not to bad - on the bad snow days - I would not drive the car. I have a set of winter rims with Blizzaks for tires and I still went out and bought a used F150.
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Yes I'm sure FWD is better then RWD... but few FWD cars can match BMW for style, performance and build quality

Too bad there's no AWD E34
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Yes I'm sure FWD is better then RWD... but few FWD cars can match BMW for style, performance and build quality

Too bad there's no AWD E34
we cannot have everything in life.

I am lucky, I have a 1998 Volvo V70 with 75K miles and the Blue Book Value only $5K so not worth reselling it, I keep it as a "beater" car for winter.
The rest of the time. the E39 wins the battle, it is a wonderful machine.
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My friend Tj runs his E28 turbo up in boone on a set of blizzack snow tires and he has NO problems getting through their ice/snow. If you have further questions on his setup, please email or PM me.

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E34's should be the same as they only weight a little more. No ?

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Too bad there's no AWD E34
Yes there are. There was a very limited run of 525ix ... finding one would probably be very hard though.

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FWD is better in low speed snow situation. The key is knowing how to control oversteer. Too, most car companies don't worry much about weight distribution and therefore they are nose-heavy (i.e. buick) and do get great low speed traction. At speed there is very little difference unless you have a VERY heavy foot. Once the snow is gone you're left with a car that still plows into corners. Snow tires aren't bad so I say give those a try and if you can't manage then go for a beater. A few months of crawling around in the snow will be worth it once you're cruising around with the windows down in your BMW.

I know what you meant but I had to say something after that "FWD is better" comment . . . blasphemy.

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I have a RWD e39 and it is not a great snow car... I live outside of Seattle in a pretty hilly area and I keep chains in the trunk all winter long. Even with chains, there have been a few times that I could not navigate the snow covered hill and had to walk the last 1/2 mile home. That being said, I would not trade my RWD 528i for anything (except maybe the new M5) :-)
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