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IU Scott
02-25-2003, 10:58 AM
Can you guys give me a list of what tires you use for snow driving WITHOUT getting new wheels (I have the stock 18" contis)? These tires have to be able to get me through southeastern Michigan winters. Also, for those of you who have driven in snow with the stock tires, how much of a difference do the tires make? Thank you in advance. You guys are always helpful.

Useless Message Poster
02-25-2003, 11:01 AM
specific search for snow tires on 18" wheels. Don't even try to drive this car with the stock Contis in the snow. THEY SUCK HIND TIT !
Blizzak snow tires are the best. IMHO.

02-25-2003, 11:07 AM
However, as my post above shows, my car has been out of commission for 2 months and I never had the chance to see how well they work.
I put like 10 miles on them when i first got them and that was in the dry.

but it certainly retains the normal stock look on your stock wheels.<br>MHM3 (formerly imola cab23)

2003 M3 Coupe
Carbon Black/Cinnamon/Aluminum
SMG, PDC, Premium, CWP, Bi-Xenon, NAV, Width-Adj. Seats, H/K
Aluminum Pedals, Voice Activation, BMW alarm.

Dynashield, Formula One Tint 15% Charcoal.

Eisenman Race 83mm Exhaust.
Supersprint Connecting Pipe w/o Resonator
BMW Euro rotors, cryogenically treated...FRONTS FOR SALE, SEE CLASSIFIEDS

SSR GT3 19's Satin finish w/Bridgestone S03's.
OEM 19's with Continentals...SOLD
SSR Competition Anthracite 9.5 front and rear with 265/35/WR-18 Kumho Ecsta V700 competition tires
OEM 18's w/ Michelin Alpin winters/Michelin Pilot Sport

NAV-TV with Sanyo 10-disc DVD changer.
Valentine One.

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IU Scott
02-25-2003, 11:08 AM
I've heard Pilot Alps are good- opinions?

02-25-2003, 11:10 AM
They are V-rated (Can go up to 240 km/h = 150 MPH).

The proper size is available for the rears, but the fronts are 225/40 instead of the stock size (225/45).

They are pretty good in the snow (not as good as Blizzaks), but they blow the Blizzaks out of the water in the dry, and in handling as well.

I've used them for 1 winter in Toronto on my M3 and they've worked pretty good. I think Toronto's snow patterns are VERY similiar to Detroit's.

I went through 2 sets of these on my old car an Integra Type-R and I was always VERY happy with them. I also had a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks on my Type-R and while they were EXCELLENT in the deep snow and ice, they were TOTALLY crap in the dry and on the highway.

We only get a few big snow falls per winter, so it's a better idea to buy a tire that's good for a little snow, and is great in the dry and handles great.

02-25-2003, 11:40 AM
The dunlop winter sport M2's are the best they have tested in a size that will fit our cars. 245/40/18<br>

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02-25-2003, 11:43 AM
245/40/VR18s all far, so good. I only have problems when trying to start from a dead stop on a hill in deep snow.

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Pittsburgh, PA

2001 M3 Coupe
Premium Package
Cold Weather Package
Width-Adjustable Backrests
Universal Transmitter
HK Sound

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02-25-2003, 11:47 AM
but, in November, they were on Nationwide backorder for the 245/40/VR18 size.<br>

Pittsburgh, PA

2001 M3 Coupe
Premium Package
Cold Weather Package
Width-Adjustable Backrests
Universal Transmitter
HK Sound

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02-25-2003, 12:25 PM
I've had good luck with the Dunlop Winter Sports I put on my M5 (the M3 cab stays in the garage in winter).<br>Mike Metzger
2002 M5 (Sterling/Silverstone)
2001 M3 cab (Titanium/Imola)

02-25-2003, 12:45 PM

02-25-2003, 12:47 PM
These tires are the best! Ordered via TR and I have not been disappointed whatsoever this winter with these tires. Even drove late Sat night, rather real early Sun AM with all that snow. Roads were not even plowed and it drove like a champ. All my friends were amazed as we were even passing SUVs on 75 without any problems. It has been a great winter with these tires and seeing the look on people's faces driving their SUVs while you pass them by.

Definitely recommend as they have proved their worth in the snow and high-speed cruising on those dry days. Who says you need front wheel or 4 wheel drive in MI.

02-25-2003, 01:11 PM
Don't drive with the stock tires, just a tiny bit of snow will be a problem.

02-25-2003, 05:33 PM
If you really want good snow performance you're going to have to step up and get some different wheels. Get some cheap ones from an old bmw, and put on some real snow tires, I'm guessing a 205/70 or so. You'll find it's way easier to change tires when they're already on the wheels.
And that way, when the roads dry you can just pop on your sticky tires for a weekend blast.

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