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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 08-23-2010, 06:08 AM
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X1 & Snow

If I wait for the plows to come through, then any AWD will get me going. But, sometimes I don't have the luxury to wait and need to get out, possibly with 12" of snow on the ground.

For those fortunate this past winter to have their X1, is the ground clearance on the X1 sufficient to get you through the deep stuff?
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:43 PM
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X1 and snow

I'm thinking of changing my 3 series for an S Drive 2 wheel drive model (new efficient dynamics low CO2 model) and also interested in snow capability of rear wheel drive with winter tyres on. Have heard pretty good reports to date accepting X drive the best option - I'm not an off roader at all.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:04 PM
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I had no problems driving in snow in rear drive car (E46 330Ci) for the last 10 years with good snow tires (Dunlop Winter Sport 3D)
but I was really scared in Jeep Liberty 4 wheel drive with all seasons
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:11 AM
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I had no problems driving in snow in rear drive car (E46 330Ci) for the last 10 years with good snow tires (Dunlop Winter Sport 3D)
but I was really scared in Jeep Liberty 4 wheel drive with all seasons
Ditto here... my wife drove her 3-series vert for three years, without even a hiccup or any basic understanding of how to drive in snow....

I took those winter tires with 20K miles on them, and drove them on my coupe, last winter.. again, no issues..
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:30 AM
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Very reassuring

Thanks for replying guys. I'm currently torn between a new X1 RWD or increasingly edging towards a few k more and plunge fr a 520 touring to ease the autobahn journey from UK to Austria. Will test drive the latter on Saturday and then conclude. Sounds like both will be fine with winters in snow - the Austrian's are brilliant at road clearance two cms in UK causes complete havoc incl airport closures!
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:00 AM
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I drove my E46 M3 through several snow storms with Dunlop WinterSport M2s. It was very capable. Once the snow got over 4" though, it was just too much for the car. If you are dealing with light now, RWD is fine. For those freak snow storms that pop up 2 or 3 times per year where you get absolutely raped with 2 or 3 feet of snow, you need to have an alternative planned out. In the end, AWD is the better option if you plan on driving in snow a lot. RWD is capable, and BMW DSC is fantastic, but AWD is just simply better. As is FWD.

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I had no problems driving in snow in rear drive car (E46 330Ci) for the last 10 years with good snow tires (Dunlop Winter Sport 3D)
but I was really scared in Jeep Liberty 4 wheel drive with all seasons
wow.

I'd like to see how well your coupe handles 6-8 inches of snow with snow tires, versus our Toyota 4Runner with almost 9 inches of ground clearance, on all season tires.

I won't dispute that winter tires make a huge difference, no doubt.

I am a 36 year old male driver who lives in Michigan and has attended several driving schools, including BMW in SC and Skip Barber, so I'd like to think of myself as a decent driver.

Our 2009 BMW 328 sedan (RWD) couldn't make it out of our neighborhood last year on at least 5 occasions, with Blizzak snows....in about 5-8 inches of snow.

Snow was catching in the front air dam, scraping on the bottom of the vehicle and was just too much.

Then I jumped in the 4Runner with Bridgestone all seasons, and drove out with absolutely no drama whatsoever....literally.

Just pulled through everything, without any issues.

On the other hand, my wife almost got t-boned trying to pull out from our neighborhood, she thought she allowed plenty of time but it took her a very long time to gain traction in the rutted snow before she got forward momentum.

Never had that problem in the 4Runner. All four tires just claw, and with the ground clearance, it just glides effortlessly over 6-12 inches.

So, snow tires are great, and BMWs with snows handle most conditions just fine.

But a lot of people exaggerate the capability of RWD BMWs with snow tires.

And lots of people say AWD/4WD is not really useful because it only helps when starting.

Well, I can say any time you are pulling out of a driveway, subdivision, strip mall, etc. into traffic, (which, is quite often), that traction can save your bacon.
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Thx for replies guys. Am splashing out and going for new X3 3 litre with winters. This should get me over any mountain pass and be useful in the UK country lanes and bit more trunk space. Big thank you for replies.
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X1 ground clearance is about 20cm, just arounds 19cm.. you'd better check it out~~~
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If I wait for the plows to come through, then any AWD will get me going. But, sometimes I don't have the luxury to wait and need to get out, possibly with 12" of snow on the ground.

For those fortunate this past winter to have their X1, is the ground clearance on the X1 sufficient to get you through the deep stuff?
I live close by Edmonton, Alberta and my X1 is excellent in the snow. Got some good winter tires (MICHELIN PILOT ALPIN PA2 ZP RUNFLAT) and nothing is stopping me!
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