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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-17-2006, 07:03 AM
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AWD in reverse ?

I have a 330xi, and had trouble last week getting out of snow in reverse. Only the right rear tire would spin, i had to rock the car out. Does AWD work in reverse?
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:09 AM
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if u are stuck in snow, u want to turn the DSC off
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:40 AM
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if u are stuck in snow, u want to turn the DSC off
Not just the DSC....you have to deactivate the traction control by holding the DSC button down until the yellow "BRAKE" light comes on.

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Old 02-17-2006, 01:44 PM
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Not just the DSC....you have to deactivate the traction control by holding the DSC button down until the yellow "BRAKE" light comes on.

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That doesn't work for xi's... we only get the first level of DSC disable.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:47 PM
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i had the EXACT same issue with this last storm that whopped the north-east. I was mearly trying to back up into a parking spot at work, packed snow but wheels would sink slightly, and a 10 degree incline or so...i couldn't go anywhere, only one rear wheel spinning...don't get it. be prepared when turning off the DSC in bad weather. Decided during this storm to compare BMW's AWD to their old system in my '88IX and to the Quattro of my recently traded A4, neither cars had traction control, '88 only a viscous system. So I turned off the DSC to see how she would do without traction control...was on a flat snow-covered road, accelerated and instantly shot sideways...DCS is wonderful!!!
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:57 PM
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i had the EXACT same issue with this last storm that whopped the north-east. I was mearly trying to back up into a parking spot at work, packed snow but wheels would sink slightly, and a 10 degree incline or so...i couldn't go anywhere, only one rear wheel spinning...don't get it. be prepared when turning off the DSC in bad weather. Decided during this storm to compare BMW's AWD to their old system in my '88IX and to the Quattro of my recently traded A4, neither cars had traction control, '88 only a viscous system. So I turned off the DSC to see how she would do without traction control...was on a flat snow-covered road, accelerated and instantly shot sideways...DCS is wonderful!!!
Having the proper (dedicated winter) tires is just as important as having AWD on any vehicle....

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Old 02-20-2006, 06:27 AM
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Very Good Question... does AWD work while in reverse? I was stuck in a pile of that white stuff in my friends driveway... long story short, I had to back in, up an incline. Needless to say, she was very hard to keep "straight." It really felt as though only one rear wheel was spinning.....
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:00 PM
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Very interesting, the same thing happened to my freinds xi in tahoe. Basically the car went up the drive way fine at night. The next morning, when he tried to back out the down hill drive way, he was stuck. It has to be towed out the drive way by a Ford Explorer.

At the same time, a subaru backed just fine. I think once again, it proved that Xi is not that great in snow.
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Old 02-21-2006, 08:02 PM
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Having the proper (dedicated winter) tires is just as important as having AWD on any vehicle....

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agreed, just aquired the vehicle, OE conti's on their lastl leg, and HATE 'em. would recommend the same for enyone, double the life of each set by swapping.
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:29 PM
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Same here I have a set of snow tires I run until March or so in Colorado, on the stock rims and then with spring change to my Monet Nude rims. I have never gotten stuck in the snow. Love my 325Xi
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:13 PM
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Same here I have a set of snow tires I run until March or so in Colorado, on the stock rims and then with spring change to my Monet Nude rims. I have never gotten stuck in the snow. Love my 325Xi
Well, with snow tire, almost anything, FWD, RWD, won't get stuck. It has nothing to down with Xi's ability. In other case, Subaru didn't get stuck even its stock A/S tire, so I think it is a fair apple to apple comparison there.

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Old 02-22-2006, 05:49 AM
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Hold Up.... I never said that the Xi wasn't that great in the snow. The vehicle is one of the best that I have ever driven in the snow. I just don't understand the AWD concept while in reverse.
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