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Old 10-12-2018, 11:59 AM
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I am looking at snow radials for my 435i vert. No x-drive. Looking at Michelin Ice. Any one have experience with them? I have used Blizzaks before but they are $25 per tire more and since I will not be doing a lot of driving in the snow, not sure I want to send the extra $100 for the set.

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Old 10-12-2018, 12:03 PM
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I purchased some of the Blizzacks last year for a ZHP that I had and can tell you that they worked very well in the snow and ice. I live in Central Illinois. I have another set of winter tires that were purchased for an Audi Quattro that we have, but will need to see what brand they are when I get home tonight. I will tell you that they were also excellent in the snow as this last Spring was very bad for snow.


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Old 10-12-2018, 12:14 PM
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I am looking at snow radials for my 435i vert. No x-drive. Looking at Michelin Ice. Any one have experience with them? I have used Blizzaks before but they are $25 per tire more and since I will not be doing a lot of driving in the snow, not sure I want to send the extra $100 for the set.

thanks in advance.
The Michelin xIce and the Blizzak WS80 switch places 1st-2nd in most comparisons. You won't go wrong with them.
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:21 PM
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Consumers Reports just reviewed snow tires. Worth a look at their website.
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:22 PM
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Tire Rack winter tire ratings are here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/surve...sp?type=W&VT=C
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:07 PM
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I looked at car and driver and they got decent ratings too. Glad I looked as the Dunlop's were even less dollars but were horrible in their test.
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:08 PM
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Thanks everyone for the feedback
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:38 PM
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I am running the Michelin X Ice on my 440xi and am very happy with them . They are quite good in snow, reasonable on ice and offer decent dry road behavior.
They also seem to wear quite well. They went back on last week and it was just in time as it has been snowing the last few days with more expected this weekend.

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Old 10-13-2018, 04:36 AM
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I put the x-ice iii on my wife's 328xi last year with a cheap set of after market wheels and tpms sensors.

I was hesitant at first as I have always gone full snow w/ studs for winters in Northern NH. I don't believe in "all season". I will tell you this, I have never been more impressed with a snow tire for all around performance. I will now put these on all my vehicles as wear dictates on the older technology studded tractor tires .

We drive 100+ miles everyday for our commute with 85% highway around 75-80mph and the rest rural routes. These tires are the quietest snow tires I have ever experienced. The difference between these and the Pirelli cinturato runflats is almost imperceptible.

We put close to 9k on the tires last season and they showed almost no wear and tires where still uniform.

I was going back and forth between the blizzarks but the reviews kept saying that the x-ice was a better dry pavement tire. Which despite winters up here, you still have a lot of dry weather days. These do not seem to comprimise decent dry handling for great traction in the deep, slushy, crusty, or icy conditions.

YMMV. but I am sold. My father in law drove his last pair through the summer as he was trading in his ford explorer in anyway. Could not tell any difference. Good tire.


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As others have said, either is fine. Used Blizzaks on the Ferrari and they rocked in the mountains DEEEEP SNOW of New England (1 foot of snow is a yawner, 3 feet a few times per year is the norm).
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Nokian Hakkapelita R2. Not available at Tire Rack or other online dealers, but they are *the best* winter tires. Check out the recent Car and Driver winter rubber test.

We have snow and ice 6 months out of the year... and use Nokian on the AWD and 2WD vehicles exclusively. Our 4wd truck gets studded iPikes for when it's •really• nasty out.

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I am looking at snow radials for my 435i vert. No x-drive. Looking at Michelin Ice. Any one have experience with them? I have used Blizzaks before but they are $25 per tire more and since I will not be doing a lot of driving in the snow, not sure I want to send the extra $100 for the set.

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Have the X-ICE setup and love em! Check out my tread below:

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=956477
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[QUOTE=dkreidel;12773633]Nokian Hakkapelita R2. Not available at Tire Rack or other online dealers, but they are *the best* winter tires. Check out the recent Car and Driver winter rubber test./QUOTE]

They are available through tiresbyweb.com.
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Thank you very much for the citation to tiresbyweb.com. Bookmarked!
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Nokian Hakkapelita R2. Not available at Tire Rack or other online dealers, but they are *the best* winter tires. Check out the recent Car and Driver winter rubber test./QUOTE]



They are available through tiresbyweb.com.


Yes, and now the R3 is out. Presumably better, but the good part is now the R2 can be found cheaper, since it is the old model. I just put some on my Fiat 500e. I would put them on my BMW too, but I have a couple of seasons to go with the current tires.
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