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#1 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 05:52 PM
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Hows the M3 in snow, I'm gonna be ordering mine in a few weeks, so i gotta know how it holds out. Also, does the DSC help at all???

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#2 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 10:35 PM
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I would venture to say you will not be able to drive it in the snow at all. My 2001 330 Coupe with Sports Package is terrible in the snow. So M3 is probably worse.
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If i owned an M3 that car would never see the snow, thats just me. Probably with some nice snow tires it would be alright.

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I have seem serveral m3's in winter in canada. As I know if you have winter tires its fine.
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This question has been addressed in a Previous Thread
Take a look for some more info. I guess this thing was designed by Germans to be used in the Alps! Heck, if you look closely, there are even areas on the roof which are used to attach a roof rack, AND, it has an available internal SKI BAG in Canada (not sure about the US model), which I have in my car. That alone should tell you something. Basically, if you're gonna do it,
1) get snow tires (not all season radials)
2) make sure that the plows have come through becuase the front air dam is only about 6" off the ground
3) if you really like your M3 and you live in a large city, then don't drive it in the 'snow' because I'm sure the salt will kill your car eventually.

I personally will be short-term leasing a 4x4 for the 3 months it snows here in TO and storing the car for the winter.

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Get an X5 for the winter and keep you M3 nice and shiney!!!!

I don't think it'd take much to spin the wheels in any gear in the snow.... the fun drive you had before will become the most concentrated moments in your driving career (while you try not to pile your pride and joy backwards into a ditch!)

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For god's sake, Snow tires.


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M3 is not very good at snow because it's a FR. also the salt in the snow will kill the metal near the wheel. so like wat frw73 say, leasing a suv or 4x4 is a good way.

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the BMW M3 is better at the straight but the AUDI S4 is better at the coner.
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yeah i defintaly almost ditched it a few times this winter! for corners no gas what so ever or your ass end is going to be swinging!

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That pretty much goes for most cars in the snow..... unless it's a 4wd with spiked tires!

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My M will hardly ever see rain, let alone snow. Don't do it, get a clunker and park the M in the dry. Myself, I keep a Honda Passport 4 X 4, and a spare 93 S10 pickup so I always have something else to drive besides my M or 70 Mustang Mach I. Almost everyone can afford a clunker that can afford an M. Get an old front wheel drive for the snow. They are plentiful with Hondas, Toyotas, Subarus, etc..

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when i was in austria, i noticed that all the cars had differatn wheels, snow tires in the winter

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I have a set of Dunlop Wintersport tires on a seperate set of 16in rims. I've driven my 1995 M3 through 5 Michigan winters. Forget the Bridgestone blizzacks. Those are greasy on slick roads. Dunlops are suprisingly good. I ENJOY driving my M3 in the winter.
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I've driven the M in the snow this year. Not alot mind you, and I never really got it in town and getting covered with slush or that nasty... metropolitan highway...downtown kinda dirty where every car in the traffic jams at rush hour just has the same colored car : NASTY!

Everytime it got dirty , I would wash it down in the garage to make sure that stuff wasn't getting any extra time on the car. The winter wasn't that harsh and we could see the pavement for quite some time...It could get covered fast though. You could go out at night and the roads were fine, spend sometime indoors, only to return to find that there was 2 or so inches on the floor!!

Hehehe...empty suburban streets with a lil snow and a powerfull rwd car? um...fun.

anyway...back to the question. Buy winters, of course. If you don't have to over come snowbanks on a regular basis in winter....your m3 will be fine, as long as you know how to adapt your driving. Even awd can't drive like they do in summer anyway.

Of course...like it's been said previously, if you get a different car to brave the elements for it...

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Something about a high performance car.... with rear wheel drive... on a slick... movable surfact.... just doesnt sound like fun... thats just me though....


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