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: Which vehicle is my winter car?

09-23-2008, 08:18 PM
I have a 2000 323i manual transmission and a 1995 525i manual. The 323 is in VG condition and the 525 was cheap, so I thought a good one to have as a beater, maybe a winter car. I've heard the 323i is pretty darn good with snow tires on it. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind keeping the newer 323i out of the winter snow, and instead put snows on the 525. But will the 525 handle as well in the snow? I live in Philly so there ain't that much snow to begin with, but I thought I would put snows on one of these vehicles. My wife has a Subaru so we've got some flexibility for AWD as well. Any thoughts on this??

09-24-2008, 08:01 AM
Make the less expensive car the snow car......that way if you get t-boned by some moron that can't drive on the white stuff, it won't hurt as bad. (money wise anyways.....)

09-24-2008, 01:35 PM
I've been looking for a decent 525i for a winter car. I think they make excellent winter cars with the right tires, of course.

09-24-2008, 02:28 PM
Mean M: Yeah, and hopefully I won't be the moron T-boning someone in my RWD vehicle.

09-24-2008, 02:33 PM
Mean M: Yeah, and hopefully I won't be the moron T-boning someone in my RWD vehicle. whoops, sorry for the double post:yikes:

09-24-2008, 02:40 PM
e34 525i was the first car I ever drove in the snow and it was pretty decent. And we get a decent amount of snow up here north of boston. I was planning on adding some weight to the trunk but I never felt the need to once winter hit. I found that using the manual shift mode (i had an auto) and just leaving it in 3rd was helpfull. I remember losing control twice, once I was testing how much grip I really had (stupid idea) and the other time I was going to fast trying to turn onto a side street and could barly slow down, nevermind turn, in time. But I was being stupid both times, your 525i should make a solid winter car just remember to spray the salt off especially bottoms and tops of the doors as they will rust really bad

10-06-2008, 12:12 AM
Easily the 95 525i. Cheaper to wreck and more weight for more grip.