Originally Posted by professorcook
i love my 328i and it's been great in plenty of snow. I have a 40 mile commute (40 miles each way) and i travel from ma to nh. I am one of those who like my choice. I think the awd is great, yes. But i also think you only really need it if you are going up hill in snow at slow speeds on a regular basis. Thus, if you have a sloped driveway, if your driveway isn't normally plowed, if you go to ski areas a lot, the awd is the way to go.
Otoh, rwd can work great in winter areas like mine with a good set of snows. The car is lower, lighter, quicker, and can be more fun. It's also a bit less complicated. I don't think the awd system will go bad on you, but it is one more system that can have problems.
I also readily admit that i am in the minority here. The only way i could find rwd with a mt was to order it. So the overwhelming local vote is for awd automatic.
Whatever you choose, i'm sure you'll be very happy with the car. All best wishes.
2014 428I MSPORT on order, Currently driving a 2011 Audi S4,
previously owned BMW's, 2008 Space Grey/Black 335i Coupe, 2007 328xi sedan, 2002 325i sedan, 1996 318ti (loved this little car)