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Old 11-22-2004, 07:41 AM
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I just purchased a new 2005 x5 4.4 (non-sport package) with 18" MXV's. I was a little dissapointed to read on your web site feedback from customers who detail how crappy they are in ice and snow. Would you recommend putting performance winter tires on the vehicle? We don't usually get more than about 15-30 inches of snow but alot of ice. I would like the best handling tire. Looking at your site it looks like my choices would be the new Conti (no feedback) , the LM-22's or the Dunlops M2's in a slightly larger size.

What do you think? I would like to keep the original feel of the vehicle as much as possible.

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Old 11-22-2004, 07:57 AM
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I just purchased a new 2005 x5 4.4 (non-sport package) with 18" MXV's. I was a little dissapointed to read on your web site feedback from customers who detail how crappy they are in ice and snow. Would you recommend putting performance winter tires on the vehicle? We don't usually get more than about 15-30 inches of snow but alot of ice. I would like the best handling tire. Looking at your site it looks like my choices would be the new Conti (no feedback) , the LM-22's or the Dunlops M2's in a slightly larger size.

What do you think? I would like to keep the original feel of the vehicle as much as possible.

Adam

Feedback is all over the board on this tire since its used as OE on many types of vehicles. Winter tires will be a noticable improvement in ice/snow capability. Narrow tires do better in unpacked snow than do wider tires, so the LM22 in the stock size would be slightly better in this area. If the price differene is large, the 1/3rd inch wider 265/55R18 probably won't do much worse as an alternate choice.

Either tire shouldn't feel dramatically different from the stock H rated MXV4 tires.

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