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seariver
08-17-2012, 10:50 AM
Very like X1, and plan to buy one recently.
Just wondering sDrive or xDrive.

I like the sDrive's lower MPG, also lower price.
But I'm new to RWD, only had a few days drive of RWD 3series in CA.
Now I'm living in central Illinois, not sure how it performs here in winter.

Someone told me changing to winter tire should solve the problem.
Any ideas?:dunno:

Me530
08-17-2012, 11:06 AM
Yes, winter tires are really all you need in my opinion.

dandanio
08-17-2012, 01:18 PM
I am planning on doing that here, in CT.

kosmo
08-17-2012, 03:31 PM
If you're a life long snow driver, you'll love the RWD version in the midwest. If not, I would test drive both in dry weather, and see if you notice any superiority to the RWD version. If not, then maybe opt for the AWD, just for more winter security.

seariver
08-17-2012, 04:06 PM
Yes, winter tires are really all you need in my opinion.

Thank you!
Typically, is a set of winter tire ok or need a winter package?
I'm afraid it's not good to mount the tires back and forth,
but the wheel and TPMS cost a lot in the package than the tire.

seariver
08-17-2012, 04:10 PM
If you're a life long snow driver, you'll love the RWD version in the midwest. If not, I would test drive both in dry weather, and see if you notice any superiority to the RWD version. If not, then maybe opt for the AWD, just for more winter security.

Yes, I agree. And I really want to have a test drive of the sDrive 28i.
But all the local dealers have only xDrive.

HotRodW
08-17-2012, 07:37 PM
New to snow and new to RWD? Not a good combo. I suggest AWD and winter tires. You'll be less hazardous to yourself and others, and you'll get the added benefit of good ole hydraulic power steering.

Teleskier
08-17-2012, 08:21 PM
Personally I hated my RWD 328i in the snow. When I first got the car I couldn't drive on 1/4" of snow over 5-10mph due due the Pirelli tires. In the end I had to switch to expensive soft-rubber Blizzacks, which wore down to nothing in just one winter. AND I had to carry 5 x 50lb bags of gravel in the trunk, all winter, just to get some weight over the back wheels. Then -finally - it could just get up the gentle incline of my own driveway.

The FWD GTI and Golf both were far superior in the snow. Even in VT/NH.

The X1 AWD would be my first AWD experience.

But personally I will never go through that RWD hell again. Not for even 10mpg. YMMV.