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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:18 AM
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135i convertible in the snow of New England?????????

has anybody put snow tires on their 135i convertible to navigate the roads of new england in the winter...do you need to get run flat snow tires...do you have to use BMW rims...thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:22 AM
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I don't think there is such a thing as RF snow tires, at least I hope not.

A RW drive car needs snow tires if you get any substantial amounts of snow. You can buy an extra set of rims for the winter or just change tires on the stock. For a selection of snow tires, consult Consumer Reports 11/2013 page 50.

Incidentally, my BMW dealer offers this service to its customer. They change the tires back and forth and store them at the dealership!
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:32 PM
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Yes, there are run flat winter tires. Pirelli, for one, makes them as does Dunlop.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:48 AM
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I reocmmend carrying a compresser and possibly a plugging kit and dumping the run flats at the first opportunity. They aren't snow tires but when my run flats were worn out I switch to Michelin PSS tires and the car rides better and handles better. I carry a Viair 70P and a plugging kit. M cars carry a compressor and some goo. My flats over 40 years of driving have been slow leaks. A compressor solves those.

So I would recommend going to Tire Rack's website and figuring out what the "best" non-run flat snow tire is for your situation (balance of price, performance, traction, noise, etc..). Then go to a place they will ship to local to you and see if they can give you an equivalent or better price. My local shop beat Tire Rack's price by close to $100 (on 4) but next time it could go the other way.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:37 PM
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i drive my 135i convertible in the snow 4 blizzaks all around and it goes better and stops better then i ever imagined....... drive on
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:06 PM
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would those blizzaks be run flat or non run flat???????????????thanks for the info.... now i'm leaning back toward a 135i conv instead of 328i xdrive sedan or coupe
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:06 PM
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If it helps here's the setup I went with on my '08 128i for one long/brutal Minnesota winter: 16x7 Voxx MG-3 rims with Blizzak WS70 tires (205/55R16). My stock wheels are 17in Bridgestone runflats, which I've actually been pretty happy with. I figured that dropping down an inch for the winters added some sidewall for torn up winter roads - worked well. Now I'm in NC so no need to swap out the wheels, but nice to have the extra setup just in case. Winter wheel package came to about $1500 out the door from Discount Tire, and I received great service from them too (no affiliation). Hope this helps.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:28 PM
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If it helps here's the setup I went with on my '08 128i for one long/brutal Minnesota winter: 16x7 Voxx MG-3 rims with Blizzak WS70 tires (205/55R16). My stock wheels are 17in Bridgestone runflats, which I've actually been pretty happy with. I figured that dropping down an inch for the winters added some sidewall for torn up winter roads - worked well. Now I'm in NC so no need to swap out the wheels, but nice to have the extra setup just in case. Winter wheel package came to about $1500 out the door from Discount Tire, and I received great service from them too (no affiliation). Hope this helps.
I run this size too in Minnesota. Only can do this on 128s w/o larger brakes though (mostly). Our roads are still so potholed ...

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Old 07-10-2014, 04:53 AM
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Non Run flat. The Stiff Side walls on the run flats would be way too hard on the rough winter roads.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:19 PM
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I run 17 inch Michelin X-Ice. No problems at all.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:47 PM
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I live in New England and run four blizzak run flat snow tires mounted on spare rims. Put a little extra weight in the trunk and have no problems. I keep a good plug repair kit as well as a 12 volt compressor in the trunk. I know that if I or wife get a flat we can continue to drive up to 100 miles at 55 mph and do the 15 min repair in my garage. I wouldn't have it any other way. This has already happened once. I love run flats!
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:00 PM
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I live in New England and run four blizzak run flat snow tires mounted on spare rims. Put a little extra weight in the trunk and have no problems. I keep a good plug repair kit as well as a 12 volt compressor in the trunk. I know that if I or wife get a flat we can continue to drive up to 100 miles at 55 mph and do the 15 min repair in my garage. I wouldn't have it any other way. This has already happened once. I love run flats!
I had 225/45/17 Blizzak nonrft on my 135 for two years in Canadian winters and had no problems with them. There were a couple of days I wished I had xdrive but not that big of a deal. I had non-BMW rims too.

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Old 07-25-2014, 07:29 AM
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Here's my Pirelli snow RFT and non BMW rim.
They work great on the snow, ice and bare cold roads.
Ride is great too.

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