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#1 (permalink) Old 12-03-2008, 01:17 AM
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M3 in the Winter

Would you drive your M in snow?

Have any of you tried?

I'm not thinking of doing it (Jeep Wrangler for winter) but I'd like to know your thoughts.

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#2 (permalink) Old 12-03-2008, 11:27 AM
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i got a 325i not m though sort of is i did a engine convert it sucks rear wheel drive unless your planning on doing something stupid dont drive it i burned around a corner it did a 360 in the middle of the road not on purpose
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Put a good set of snow tires on it (they make a HUGE difference) and drive it, it should do alright as long as you aren't being a jackass.


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you guys dont know shit!!!
i resently just but a nice e30 318i just for the winter
to drift! fucking GREAT! but my daily driver is a e36 328i
with all-season tires it drives fine.

some dumbass kid i know named tony(greesy as fuck)
ended up buying some big plasma TV and surrund system, three
puppies for some girl that he will never get pussy from, and the WORSE
he ended up buying a 2007 honda civic si,,, AUTOMATIC!!!

buying a e46 m3. stupid stupid stupid!!!
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I wouldn't drive an M in the winter time. Im sure it would be fine if you took her easy with some good snow tires. But honestly if you have a jeep why risk someone else doing something dumb and hitting you, or the salt making your car rust if you dont' have to. Salt plus M= NO NO that is why I have a DSM to get rusty = )... AS for the above. language isn't exactly necessary I dont' think. If your old enough to drive your old enough to talk in a classy fashion. anyways. Good luck with your decision. An E46 M is too perfect to take in the snow if you ask me.



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you guys dont know shit!!!
i resently just but a nice e30 318i just for the winter
to drift! fucking GREAT! but my daily driver is a e36 328i
with all-season tires it drives fine.

some dumbass kid i know named tony(greesy as fuck)
ended up buying some big plasma TV and surrund system, three
puppies for some girl that he will never get pussy from, and the WORSE
he ended up buying a 2007 honda civic si,,, AUTOMATIC!!!

buying a e46 m3. stupid stupid stupid!!!
Dont got an M.... just wanna know wtf he was talking about????

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Alpine thats exactly what I was thinking lol I read it and I was like !? HUH ?!



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Gentlemen,

I've been driving for 21 years and every single one of my vehicles has been rear wheel drive including a Ducati Monstro. As my signature points out I am not new to bimmers or to winter driving as I live in Montreal. We received over 15 feet of snow in the city last year. I also hold my level 3 BMW advanced driver training certificate and have spent time tracking an e46 at high speed in dry, ice and snow conditions.

I will not drive MY M in the snow, it was a question and my original posting did say that I did not intend to drive it in the winter. I drove my e21, two e36's and an e39 in the snow. Four winter tires and some sand bags in the trunk did the trick. I asked the question because I wanted to know whether someone here actually tried an M3 in the snow so I could get an opinion from a board I respect.

As for ridiculous postings, it's a free country but this board is meant for individuals who want to learn or contribute, voodoo's comments were both ignorant and not required. I suggest he take some spelling lessons. Obviously Mr. Voodoo has some issues.

I don't drive an M to get women or puppies as I am married and have two dogs. I drive a BMW for the same reason Voodoo does, cause it's built to drive. To those with constructive comments, thank you and keep 'em coming. For those with unreasonable replies, the only thing I can't fault you for is that you drive a bimmer.

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^ lol I personally dont have an M but, If I did yes I would drive it in the winter unless there was alot of snow.... then the Toyo 4WD gets used....

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My e36 stays indoors mostly for the winter, but has been driven with about 5-10 cm of snow on the ground (having it ready to go and inactive for months at a time isn't ideal, correct me if I'm wrong). It was fine and enjoyable driving although not on the highway or anything, mainly small residencial streets, but I now have a rust spot on my passenger wheel well. That's a fail.
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How can a driving machine be your ultimate if you live for the machine instead of living to enjoy it. How many Bimmers would you say would be sold in Germany in particular, or Northern Europe in general, if they should not be driven in Winter? Here the question is: Can I afford it? It has nothing to do with the car, it has everything to do with you.

BMWs are motor cars of exceptional quality which offer all kinds of alternatives to equip them for your particular purpose, any time and any place. Whether this is within your budget or not is a totally different story. Imagine arriving in Frankfurt and not being able to rent a Bimmer because is Winter... give me a break.

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I have had the opportunity to drive an e36 M3 in the winter(and yes, we get real winter here...like you do). It was fine. Don't get me wrong, it had good ice radials on it(not snow tires) and some weight in the trunk, but it was sketchy (like any other rwd), but perfectly drivable if you are paying attention and not driving like an idiot. As long as you are competent with your throttle control and are aware of how a car like that would react in those conditions and that kind of a situation...no prob.
I have driven countless winters in Calgary in rwd vehicles...mostly light-ish weight coupes, not to mention a rwd pick-up that is sincerely more challenging in the winter with an empty box than any BMW would be.

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idk, i saw a guy next me last winter in a M3 and it could barely make it up a tiny hill, and the snow wasn't all that bad. i wouldn't go for it after seeing that
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^ he was probably on summertires...

Just wash the car alot and get a narrower non staggered set of rims with proper snow tires and you would be good I drove Dannys 328I in the snow Once and it did very well(except when i though it would be funny to Floor it around a right hand turn and Scare a guy walking by half to death)

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Snow tires are all fine and dandy, but in the city, in the winter they don't do much good. Don't get me wrong, they are still light-years better than all-seasons...but the thing is, how often are you actually driving on snow on the streets, as opposed to packed-to-ice snow? My bet is on winter city driving is 75% ice. Ice tires FTMFW. I can see snow tires if you live out in the country and don't have the traffic to pack the snow and turn it in to ice, but otherwise...

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