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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 12-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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M3 Snow Beast!!

This is my first winter with my 04 vert and while I originally only planned on the M3 being a sunny-day car, it has now become my DD (a newer acquisition takes the 'sunny day only' designation).

In any case, I slapped a set of winter tires on cheap, but fairly attractive 17" wheels (from a large online tire site) and I now have a snow beast. Today was our first snow in the northeast and the car handled very well. I went with a set of non-aggressive tires and the are definitely a bit wobbly on dry pavement, but they were superb in the snow/slush.

So if any of you are thinking about taking the plunge, do it!!!
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:00 AM   #2
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Living in NYC this is very reassuring. Thanks Preeble, I'll pick up a set of snow tires for next winter when I get my ///M.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #3
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Re: M3 Snow Beast!!

Yeah, winter tires help a lot but no matter how good the tire you can't fix the ground clearance and weight of the car which is what pushed me into parking it for winters.

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Old 01-02-2014, 09:52 AM   #4
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I get the ground clearance concern, but what is the issue with the weight? The car is fairly well balanced for a front-engine, RWD car. Regard ground clearance, if there is that much snow on the ground, then few should be driving regardless. This is my commuting car and while we haven't had 'huge' snowstorms yet, there have been several snowy days where the roads have been slick and this car performed very well. It will get a test later on today and tomorrow as we are expecting another storm here in the NE.

Frankly, my biggest issue in driving this car in the snow is keeping it clean!
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #5
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My non-M is good for about 90% of the weather. What does me in, are long or steepish hills when they haven't cleared all of it off. Invariably I'll hit a bump, causing the rear to lose grip. If I leave traction control on for it (I always have it on initially), it will pretty much kill progress if there's no grip to regain. Leading to turning back down the hill, and possibly attempting again with TC off and spinning my way up. On the level, though, it goes through mostly fine. I didn't even put the car back to stock height, and I've been good alllll the way until possibly tonight (getting quite a bit, and I work 2nd shift and the plows are notorious for giving up on the hills about an hour before I come through to try them). But at the same time, it can definitely be fun too, in the right surroundings
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:51 AM   #6
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OK - so the NE was challenged with snow yesterday/today. We got 4-6 inches of snow. and the car still performed admirably. The streets were not plowed and I definitely felt snow against the front valence, but it pushed on. Here is a quick snapshot in the parking lot.

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Old 01-03-2014, 12:50 PM   #7
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I get the ground clearance concern, but what is the issue with the weight? The car is fairly well balanced for a front-engine, RWD car. Regard ground clearance, if there is that much snow on the ground, then few should be driving regardless. This is my commuting car and while we haven't had 'huge' snowstorms yet, there have been several snowy days where the roads have been slick and this car performed very well. It will get a test later on today and tomorrow as we are expecting another storm here in the NE.

Frankly, my biggest issue in driving this car in the snow is keeping it clean!
The people saying they park it for winter are just looking for excuses. The stock ride height and weight of the e46 M3 is not much different than any other e46, and the e46 is very capable in the winter.

I recently got to try out my M3 in the snow. Last year I didn't make it a block on summer tires, this year I was prepared with winter tires and made it up unplowed hills with ease.

Proper winter tires are key, and knowing your limits.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:59 PM   #8
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M3 Snow Beast!!

Also my first winter in the M. Hate to do it, seeing it so dirty and the salt. Bought some nokians on a square set up. Doing great here in the Midwest. I don't push it or mess around. Just drive safe


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Old 01-04-2014, 09:53 AM   #9
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I never had an issue with my M3 in the snow until I did suspension. My car was a blast in the snow and I did not have winter tires so I could only imagine how much better snow tires would have been when at stock height.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:21 PM   #10
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I drove my car on 19" gmax as-03 in the snow (ok all season tires), lowered a bit, put two bags of concrete mix in the trunk and it was just fine. Only lost traction when I wanted too haha, I was pleasantly surprised
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:33 PM   #12
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i put snow tires on my 19 and they were fine when i drove it last month snow storm in buffalo but then again it snowed damn near everyday and i just put a car cover over it

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Old 01-05-2014, 01:43 PM   #13
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This is my first winter with my 04 vert and while I originally only planned on the M3 being a sunny-day car, it has now become my DD (a newer acquisition takes the 'sunny day only' designation).

In any case, I slapped a set of winter tires on cheap, but fairly attractive 17" wheels (from a large online tire site) and I now have a snow beast. Today was our first snow in the northeast and the car handled very well. I went with a set of non-aggressive tires and the are definitely a bit wobbly on dry pavement, but they were superb in the snow/slush.

So if any of you are thinking about taking the plunge, do it!!!
Which tires did you put on it?

We've had enough snow already this year that I'm thinking the winter will be pretty bad. My car is terrible in it right now.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:54 PM   #14
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I put continental extreme winter contact @ 225/45/17 all around (with spacers on the rear). As I said in my original post, they are not very sporty, but they grip well in the snow/slush. They cost me ~$550 for the set, so extremely reasonable.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:00 AM   #15
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The people saying they park it for winter are just looking for excuses. The stock ride height and weight of the e46 M3 is not much different than any other e46, and the e46 is very capable in the winter.

I recently got to try out my M3 in the snow. Last year I didn't make it a block on summer tires, this year I was prepared with winter tires and made it up unplowed hills with ease.

Proper winter tires are key, and knowing your limits.
Looking for excuses to what? Not drive the M3? That doesn't make any sense.

The M3 is fine in the winter with good snow tires but it would not be on my list of capable cars trucks and SUVs for winter, unless you live in warm weather states.

As far as the weight issue the car is too light and powerful for great traction on snow/ice. Ground clearance is also an issue during to the front under tray which I found lifted the car in deep snow AF levels my MDX and Suburban laugh at.

Guys, I am not slamming the M3. I love mine and if it's your DD then good for you. I was just posting my experience with the car.

I park it for winters because I can, not because I need excuses.

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