11-28-2011, 06:13 PM
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Location: Vancouver, Washington USA
Join Date: Jun 2008
Mein Auto: Chevy half ton pickup
For tempatures below 45 degrees you want either a winter tire or a performance winter tire depending on the weather conditions for your area.
Originally Posted by tccox
Should be picking up a 2011, CPO 128I this week equipped with sport package . Two questions.
1. It has the Summer Performance tyres. We usually only have about two weeks of icey, snowy weather here in Charlotte each winter so not worth getting a spare set of wheels with snow tyres so I was wondering, how bad is this car with summer performance sport package tyres on snow/ice?
The rubber compound in summer tires becomes very hard below 45 degrees.
Copy & Paste from BMWs online 2011 128 manual.
"BMW recommends winter tires for winter roads
or at temperatures below +45 degrees.Although all-season M+S tires provide better
winter traction than summer tires, they generally
fail to provide the same levels of coldweather
performance as winter tires."
In your mild winters a good set of dedicated performance winter tires would probably be the best choice.
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 or the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D are two that come to mind. Either set would be a good choice for your area.
Tire rack is a good source for tires and wheels. Example 17" tires for a build date before 09/10.
You can do a build for you car.
Last edited by Norm37; 11-28-2011 at 08:52 PM.