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Old 04-07-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Winter and snowy weather driving

Hi all. RE all the crappy snowy weather we have had here recently. My 330cd M sport was pretty much laid up in the drive for most of it. Any attempt to drive was met with much happy tailslides and a refusal to budge. However I work in Norway on a very regular basis and the guys there just fit winter tyres and drive with no issues. Can i fit normal BMW wheels and snow tyres to the Coupe. i know it will look a bit naff but i hated not getting to use the car for a couple of months.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:29 AM   #2
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Two ways you can go. Buy a set of winter tires that fit your current rims, and swap them out twice per year. Or, buy a new set of rims, mount winter tires on them (actually, I did the vice versa), and have one set of winter wheels and one set of non-winter wheels. The former is cheaper up front. I do the latter. I can just slap the new wheels on myself whenever I choose, no charge. If you swap tires on the same rims, you have to take them to a shop (or at least, mounting a tire onto a rim is beyond my capability), spend $50 or more each time, set the appt, wait, etc. Most importantly, my method also gives you an excuse to buy new rims, haha. When you sell the car, you can sell the rims. I drive my convertible all winter on winter tires, no problem.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:30 PM   #3
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Two ways you can go. Buy a set of winter tires that fit your current rims, and swap them out twice per year. Or, buy a new set of rims, mount winter tires on them (actually, I did the vice versa), and have one set of winter wheels and one set of non-winter wheels. The former is cheaper up front. I do the latter. I can just slap the new wheels on myself whenever I choose, no charge. If you swap tires on the same rims, you have to take them to a shop (or at least, mounting a tire onto a rim is beyond my capability), spend $50 or more each time, set the appt, wait, etc. Most importantly, my method also gives you an excuse to buy new rims, haha. When you sell the car, you can sell the rims. I drive my convertible all winter on winter tires, no problem.
I was thinking about doing this... makes a lot of sense.
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:00 PM   #4
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Its there a whole thread on this topic in general?
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:59 PM   #5
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e46. Staggered 17 inch wheels in the summer with low profiles, Michelin, Conti and Generals. Winter is 16 inch wheels on a set of tire rack cheapie wheels, using Dunlop Winter tires and Michelin Alpins.

My snow tired RWD car beats my AWD all season tire-d SUV. Really.

99% of those with 4wd don't need it.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:43 PM   #6
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speedlaw I have an 01 330ci, and was wondering if the chepo 16" rims from tire rack would clear the brakes on my car. I also have the factory staggered m-sport rims for the summer, and just buying 4 winter rims and tires seems to be the best bet. Thanks.
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:22 AM   #7
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If anyone has any suggestions for wheel and winter tyre combo for a 330 m sport coupe it would be greatly appreciated.
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