Well, Michigan is pretty good about plowing snow, so most people do tend to use all-season tires there. I always did when I lived there, and I never had any problems with my cars (none of which were an E36, however). But RWD cars are not hopeless in the snow by any means. They can get by just fine with proper tires, so even with all the plowing that happens there, I would certainly recommend getting yourself a set of dedicated winter tires. It will certainly make life much easier & safer for you. Try looking for a good used set on Craigslist.
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Last edited by ZeGerman; 10-05-2012 at 09:34 AM.