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Old 12-06-2006, 02:06 PM
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What are the best snow tires for X5?

Does anyone know what are the best snow tires for a 2006 X5? I live in San Francisco and just need them for when I'm up in the snow in Tahoe so I also need something that can still handle decently around the city during the winter. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:49 PM
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Does anyone know what are the best snow tires for a 2006 X5? I live in San Francisco and just need them for when I'm up in the snow in Tahoe so I also need something that can still handle decently around the city during the winter. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:26 PM
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Aren't X5's supposed to be "sure footed" in the snow since these are X-Drive 4x4's?? What would be the point of owning/leasing a SUV/4x4 that can't be driven in the snow?? Just curious, because we looked at an X3 and X5 to possibly buy in the future and thought these would be fine in the snow. With a sticker price of over $50k for a 4x4, it better be able to handle a BLIZZARD.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:27 AM
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[QUOTE=VegasRPh;2057069]Aren't X5's supposed to be "sure footed" in the snow since these are X-Drive 4x4's?? QUOTE]

Wrong. That's a very popular misconception. All-wheel drive traction may help you while you are on the gas, but when changing directions or braking, it's like any other car. So, at the end, it's still all about rubber.

No matter how coordinated or strong you are, if you try to walk with dressing shoes on ice or snow, chances are you are going to slip. But if you wear dedicated snow boots, it will make all the difference in the world. Another example is to try to play soccer (or football) on grass using tennis shoes. I don't care who you are. You will suck. Same applies to tires.

As the Pirelli add goes: "Power is nothing without control".

Back to the original question:

As a concensus, the most popular winter tire for the X5 is the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow. There are multiple reviews here, on X5world.com and on the tirerack.com sites.

I just got them and drove through the first snow storm this morning. Not as good in the dry as the Michelin Diamaris summer tire (as expected), but amazingly "sure footed" on snow. I have the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 on my M5 and they were incredible in the dry and just as amazing in the snow. However, that lasted only one season. The second year, they weren't as impressive in the snow anymore. Still great in the dry though. We'll see how they behave in its third (and last) winter.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:52 AM
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If your intentions are to get the sport package on the X5,don't even try to drive on any snow.It doesn't work.you'll be skating.
In the winter I remove my 19" rims and replace them with 17'' rims with Michelin Alpins.
They are excellent on snow,ice,rain and dry.They just don't look as good as the 19''.
If the tire has a snowflake icon on them,you know they are made for snow.
Unless you live in the northern states or north east,you may get away with an all season tire.This will avoid the hassle of changing tires twice a year.
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:36 AM
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I have used Dunlap Wintersports and Bridgestone blizzak and both are very good in snow. Both are performance winter tires. I am selling my 18" winter setup on Dunlap Wintersports as I moved to 19" winter setup on Bridgestone blizzaks.
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:44 AM
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On a side note does anyone know where to get steel wheels for the X5? I purchased the Pirelli Scorpion Snow and Ice tires but I would prefer not to get them installed on my alloy wheels every winter. Neither Tirerack nor the dealer has them so I'm wondering if they even exist. My last resort would to purchase another set of alloys. Thanks.
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:17 PM
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I live in the Northeast and I put these on my 03' X5 4.4i for the winter. They came highly recommended by a friend of mine in Europe. I just put them on DEC 1 and I must say they are really quiet and handle great. They are considered an ALL-WEATHER tire and have the Extreme Snow Condition Emblem.

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