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Old 11-12-2009, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by hoyasteva View Post
Anyone offer thoughts on whether winter tires are necessary?

Sounds like most of you are picking up RWD models, but what about AWD?

I'm getting a 535xi in January, planning to drive through Bavaria/Austria.. sticking to main roads. Sounds like by the letter of the law I should have them in Austria, but does anyone think I'll really need them with X-drive & all-seasons (standard 17")?? I live in CT and have never had a problem in the snow on my 328xi with all-seasons.

Thx for the input.
All seasons are legal but also a definite compromise in safety. Many tire experts refer to them as "no seasons." If you are in any significant snowfall (not unlikely in January), the no-season tires will not be sufficient.

You can wait until closer to your trip and see how the weather looks but, because it's high season for renting tires, I would not wait too long.
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