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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-13-2014, 03:35 PM
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Who said you can't drive a RWD 550 in the snow?

Went into work early to avoid the snow, but the ride home was a bit exciting up here in southern NH with about 10" of powder snow. I have to say DTC + good snow tires (almost new Blizzaks) work pretty awesome. It's been 15 years since I drove a RWD car in the snow. I'm all set except for the steep hills with a light or stop sign at the top. Momentum is your friend. She's happily parked back in the warm garage and thawing out.



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Old 02-13-2014, 03:42 PM
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Great pics.Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:02 PM
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These shots could be used in Top gear arctic special
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:19 PM
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not to high jack this thread but to simply agree further with the original poster
Pictured is a 530i RWD with Blizzaks and a 6 speed manual in NJ
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:20 PM
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Do you have some higher res. pic?
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:48 PM
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Wow, gotta get me some rims and Blizzaks for next winter and put my 172's away.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:53 PM
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Bob_knox, are you in Nashua/Manchester area? I am in Westford.
Spent most of the evening shoveling the snow. I have a long drive way with an incline. I don't use my 530i during these snow storms. With the all season tires on RWD, car just doesn't move even with a slight incline at the lights. I use C280 4matic, it handles snow very well.
Next year I will get a separate set of wheels for BMW and will install snow tires.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:20 PM
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I love driving our 550i in the snow. Perfectly balanced chassis with some weight, good tires and DSC=a happy driver.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:25 PM
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Snow is fine. Black ice like we had in Atl two weeks ago... not so much. These cars need a limited slip. Snow/ice like we've had the last two days isn't so bad. Much more slushy and easier to navigate than two weeks ago
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:52 PM
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I'm up in Michigan now and everyone is laughing at the southeast for their winter weather driving. While it's def. true that a lot of people can't drive in it, driving in ice is a whole different ballgame than the snow that I've been seeing up here

Now I just have to get home, lol
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:58 PM
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:13 PM
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The real danger in bringing home a rwd BMW in a northern climate is the reaction of your wife when she finds out its not really a good car in the snow. I was in deep s---- for awhile.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:41 PM
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Biggest problem driving a BMW in the snow is lack of ground clearance. Had to take my wife's Highlander to get snow thrower parts this afternoon because there was 10" of wet snow on our street. Would have needed a plow on my BMW to get anywhere.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:03 PM
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The real danger in bringing home a rwd BMW in a northern climate is the reaction of your wife when she finds out its not really a good car in the snow. I was in deep s---- for awhile.
What kind of tires are you running? OP demonstrated above that they are perfectly fine in even deep snow.

It takes one helluva storm to keep our 550i in the garage. It loves to play.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:22 AM
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What kind of tires are you running? OP demonstrated above that they are perfectly fine in even deep snow.

It takes one helluva storm to keep our 550i in the garage. It loves to play.
OP drives in powder snow but Vince mentioned wet snow, that would just break off the bumper.

I love driving in winter conditions, always fun!!
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:53 AM
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Nice picture. Having driven an E34 M5, an E34 535i, an E39 540i 6spd, and now my 550i 6spd in the snow, I agree that it's not horrible, but you need good snow tires (Nokian Hakkapeliittas are my top choice, but I got a great deal on craigslist for the blizzaks I have now). You also have to drive smartly and stopping on an incline even with snow tires can be a challenge.

A limited slip diff would help a lot as well, really wish BMW still offered it on non-M models. The ground clearance will always be the limiting factor. Here in MN if there's a blizzard, the snow tires will get me home even in the worst conditions which is about all I ask. If we had to go out in a big storm for an emergency we have my wife's SUV with snow tires.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:38 AM
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LMAO, as a teenager in Colorado I was driving a 72 Monte Carlo, with a 427 under the hood in the snow. And I didn't have snow tires. If a 16 yo, can do that anyone should be able to drive a RWD BMW with DSC in the snow.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:00 AM
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Yeah right on Nashua/MA boarder. The driveway froze overnight to 1/4" of hard ice. Working from home today. The 17" blizzaks are OK. Had an unexpected 4wheel drift in the dry before winter hit. Others BMW folks at work swear by the Dunlops and studded Hakapellitas (sp??). We are lucky enough up here to be allowed studded snows. Also totally agree about mechanical LSD. It's on the upgrade wish list.


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Old 02-14-2014, 10:23 AM
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What kind of tires are you running? OP demonstrated above that they are perfectly fine in even deep snow.

It takes one helluva storm to keep our 550i in the garage. It loves to play.
Last year I chucked the Dunlop Sport Run Flats for Michelin Pilot Sport A/S+. Truthfully, I've not really used the car in anything remotely resembling much snow since it was new. I have other cars I switch to when I hear snow is coming. I live in an area with steep hills and a driveway with a long incline, so I don't tempt fate with it. I'm sure its better than I expect. I adore this car, so when the weather is bad, I use some of the cars I am less attached to.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:03 PM
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:31 PM
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Biggest problem driving a BMW in the snow is lack of ground clearance. Had to take my wife's Highlander to get snow thrower parts this afternoon because there was 10" of wet snow on our street. Would have needed a plow on my BMW to get anywhere.
Very true. RWD BMW has definitely no problem handling the snow other than the ground clearance.

My RWD 535 with a set of Blizzaks goes through all kinds of snow; well, except for the recent deep snow. When the snow pile on my subdivision streets froze into ice, my poor car suffered the first winter damage: the spoiler skirt under the front bumper got scraped off by the snow.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:39 PM
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Awesome snow photos!

I could not get my car to move when just one rear wheel was on black ice
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:45 AM
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While we have not had weather like you all are talking about here in St. Louis, we have had a lot more snow than usual. This is my first winter driving my '08 550i with the Quaife LSD installed, am I am amazed at how the car tones itself down to handle the ice and snow. I've got fairly new Conti DWS tires installed, and between the DTC and the LSD, it will NOT let you get yourself into trouble, while accelerating in almost any conditions. I've driven V-8 RWD cars all my life, and nothing I've had before behaves so well. The DTC was obviously programmed for these conditions, as it is much more controlled than when doing a launch on dry pavement...
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:56 AM
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