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Old 02-26-2016, 03:54 PM
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2001 X5 3.0i Slides off road with little snow

I just bought this X5 last month when the roads were dry and when it snows I'm not able to go over 30mph. Seems like the rear end starts to move and is scary! I have now noticed this happens when I hit a bump in the road as well, sort of a quick sway motion from the rear. I've been trying to research as this is my first AWD BMW, Any ideas as to what could be the problem? I did notice there is newer tires in front and older ones that need replacing with a different brand in the rear. Could this be the issue? I also am considering a four wheel alignment when I purchase new tires for all four. I checked and cleaned all speed sensers and replaced one. Please let me know with any ideas. Thank you
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:36 PM
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Bad and different rears are certainly not helping. Also, turn of DSC so you have only DTC.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:49 PM
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Thank you! I tried turning it off, and the problem remains. Off or on Im getting the same results.
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:38 PM
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A full set of dedicated snow tires...
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:32 PM
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Drove the '01 on a set of new Yokohama Geolanders through 12" of fresh snow without a problem back when we bought it. Took it to an parking lot and let my wife play with her new ride in the snow. Had a ball.
All depends on tires.

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Old 03-01-2016, 09:44 AM
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you need good set of snow tires. these are heavy beasts .
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:09 AM
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A full set of dedicated snow tires...
Tires!!!
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:37 PM
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Tires, tires, tires.


What brand and "type" of tires do you have on the rear. The best AWD system can only do so much with the incorrect tires mounted. If the tires have no traction...the AWD system can't do much about anything.

This is the same principle that allows a 2WD vehicle mounted with dedicated winter tires to perform better than an AWD vehicle with summer or all season tires mounted. Tires are like shoes...you need the right shoes for the certain conditions...you also need the right tire for the certain conditions, too.

Running track with track shoes instead of flip flops, or power walking in ice skates instead of cross trainers, or playing football in slippers instead of cleats...the wrong shoes makes it more difficult to perform at your best.

Here's some short videos that show how much better winter driving is when using winter tires vs all season tires vs summer tires. Not only is traction better...but so is stopping and turning. A 2WD vehicle w/winter tires will perform better than an AWD vehicle with summer or all seasons:

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Old 03-01-2016, 02:47 PM
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Bad and different rears are certainly not helping. Also, turn of DSC so you have only DTC.
The early e53s that have DSC-X (the AWD system used from introduction through the 2003 model year...prior to the debut of xDrive in 2004)...traction control can't really be turned completely off. ASC+T will still reduce throttle reduction and apply ABS braking if loss of traction occurs. This was due to the consideration of off road driving.

See the info below for more details about the traction control system used on the early e53s:







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