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Old 12-21-2012, 08:53 PM
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so im deciding on a 2nd car to drive during the winter months any suggestions on good winter snow cars?

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:26 AM
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so im deciding on a 2nd car to drive during the winter months any suggestions on good winter snow cars?

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Anything with xDrive.





We're all season travellers and bought our X3 over a Touring for the added ground clearance.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:31 AM
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Save some $ and just get snow wheels and tires.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:29 AM
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all great ideas.hmm ground clearance very important part as well

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:07 AM
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all great ideas.hmm ground clearance very important part as well

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There are some pretty good video's on YouTube of X3's in the snow. This is one of my favorites:

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Old 12-22-2012, 05:26 PM
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There are some pretty good video's on YouTube of X3's in the snow. This is one of my favorites:

thanks ill check this out.i wanna try to keep it bmw for my winter and spring summer cars ive heard the x's however have quite a few problems any truth to this?

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I had a 330xi for 8 years and it was a beast in the snow. The only thing that was going to stop it was the ground clearance.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:27 PM
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awesome ill check out 330 s as well

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If you want BMW, X1/3/5 for max ground clearance, xDrive anything else for lesser ground clearance, last resort with least amount of ground clearance, any rear wheel drive BMW with four dedicated snow tires.

Or of course, a Subaru, or VW/Audi 4xd.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:14 AM
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thanks ill check this out.i wanna try to keep it bmw for my winter and spring summer cars ive heard the x's however have quite a few problems any truth to this?

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There have been issues with the actuators stripping gears on the X3's. Otherwise they seem to be pretty solid. Other than a minor engine oil weep mine has been absolutely flawless for 102,000 miles.

I can't speak for the "X" cars.

Depending on where you drive it you may be fine with an X car or maybe as other have suggested just a good set of snow tires with a set of chains thrown in for good measure.

We tend to go where we could get in trouble without the higher ground clearance and AWD and snow chains. James Kim got stuck and lost his life in an AWD Saabaru. Anybody considering venturing off the beaten path should learn from his tragedy.

Attached is an interesting article on the X3.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:23 AM
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In Ohio, I think the options are wide open since ground clearance should not be a concern.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:25 PM
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found a few x3 and x5 .7k with around 130 to 150k on them though they were both loaded.are those prices about right?

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Old 12-24-2012, 08:42 AM
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found a few x3 and x5 .7k with around 130 to 150k on them though they were both loaded.are those prices about right?

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I can't answer that as we ordered ours new from the factory.

It's best to ask the question over on the X boards. The folks on the E83 board are generally pretty helpful. You'll get an idea on what others are paying, things to look out for, and which years to avoid.

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My Top 5 winter driving tips.

#1 The right tires. Best winter driving investment you can make for any car. You keep easily keep a Corolla tracking straighter and stop better than most awd and 4x4 with the right tires.
#2 Practice, practice, practice, in any car. Just last night even I spent an hour driving through different roads (remote roads, I live in a very rural area) at 1am. Driving the car just beyond it's capabilities and practicing bring it back into control. You learn where a cars limits are and what, if any, chance you have to correct the car.
#3 Buy a Rover or Subaru if grandma lives in the woods.
#4 If you're staying with a BMW, get an X3 or X5 (This coming from someone getting an X1).
#5 Don't ever think you're safe on snow or ice, even if you are. -- You might be fine doing 30mph going completely straight on ice but the over confident soccer mom in her SUV coming the other direction at 45mph barely tapped her brake to slow down and only her to right tires were on ice, her car twisted, she over corrected, and is now heading straight in to your lane but you needed to be going 20mph for your wheels to have enough grip so you can brake and steer your car to avoid her. I actually think there are some clips on youtube of bmw's doing just this actually and taking out cars that were driving safely.
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