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Old 01-23-2013, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Pashline View Post
I am conflicted. I am going to get a 550i this fall (ED) and would love to get manual transmission. OTOH I live where it snows and so feel like I need to get X Drive which means automatic transmission. Can someone talk me out of this?
Think of it this way, a true sports sedan must not push any torque to the wheels that steer! Steering is ONLY that - steering!

That was my logic and as others have said, snow is cleared up quickly anyway, plus 4WD always gives you false sense of safety and the ability to rapidly accelerate might get you in trouble when braking does not perfrom equally well. It's just better to keep it slow and easy in the snow, period.

Having said that, it absolutely pisses me off when it rains or is slightly wet and the rear loses traction all the time, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd!!! .... under hard acceleration that is. But then you still have, say 80% dry days to 20% wet, so the answer was clear for me. I'd still go RWD if I could do it over again.

Did I talk you out of it? LOL
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