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10-07-2002, 11:38 AM
Interested to hear from those who've driven in snow with the M3 on snow tires. Does the 18" rim/tire combo work as well as the 17" combo? Problems with fit? Specific tire recommendations based on experience. If I'm going to end up buying another set of rims for winter tires, I'd rather use my 18 OEMs for winter and buy some aftermarket 19" for street use. I've read the posts regarding theoreticals on wheel size but would really like to hear from some people actually using them.

thanks <br>clib

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10-07-2002, 11:41 AM
whatever are KILLER in the snow. Terrible in the dry, buy great on snow and ice. Whatever size. On my old E36 I used 16" wheels. Tire Race should have the wheels and tires to fit you.

10-07-2002, 11:46 AM
I use 17" wheels and Blizzak MZ-01 tires. We had little snow last season but I did get to use it on a few really snowy days and an ice storm and it ran beautifully. If you have any deep snow or ice to contend with then stay away from 18" snow tires or any of the Snow "sport" 17" tires, only use a heavy duty winter tire like the Blizzak Q rated series. If you only have light snow to contend with then the 18s should be fine.

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10-07-2002, 11:46 AM
we've never had problems in the snow before ;) I think I would prefer skis however.

Now, I wonder if they make Blizzaks in the size my dad needs for his sailboat ...

10-07-2002, 04:31 PM
That's what I drove all last winter. No fit problems, dry performance quite good (important, since - at least where I am - even in winter I am usually driving on dry, cold pavement), and snow performance quite acceptable. It *is* a slightly heavy car with lots of horsepower and very aggressive gearing, so it's important to drive it properly and leave extra room in front. Snow tires will give you the most traction possible in the snow, but they won't give you the same traction you get in the dry. Just watch most SUV drivers for lessons in what happens when you forget that. <g>

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