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Old 11-13-2010, 08:03 PM
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Mein Auto: 1998 BMW 328is
Your Lightning is probably pretty bad because it has no weight over the rear tires, plus those rear tires are very wide and it has gobs of torque. The E36 has 50/50 weight distribution, and with proper tires underneath it, you shouldn't have any trouble in snow.

I've never had any trouble driving RWD cars in the snow, and I'm originally from Michigan, which gets buried under snow for months at a time.

The main things on the E36 to look out for are the following:

- Cooling system (radiator, fan, water pump, expansion tank, thermostat & t-stat housing, cap, etc. This stuff needs to be replaced every 75-100k miles)
- Control arms, ball joints, tie rods, lower control arm bushings
- Rear trailing arm bushings
- Rear shock mounts
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