E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > BMW Regional Forums > Regional Forums > Mid Atlantic

Mid Atlantic
Have you seen another BMW while driving around in your area? Maybe you can find their car in the E46Fanatics Garage!
DC DE MD PA VA WV

If you don't have your garage setup, sign up today HERE

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-02-2006, 10:34 PM   #1
b1st
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 59
My Ride: 01 330Ci
Who runs snow tires in VA?

Hey guys,

I live in NoVa and just got my 330Ci. I bought it from a guy in Philly so they came with snow tires (LM-22) but we haven't had any snow recently. I'm really not liking the handling abilities of these snow tires and wanna switch up to A/S or Summers ASAP. Do you think running snows are even necessary in NoVa? Could I get away with just running high-performance all seasons all season long? I certainly could with my old maxima.
b1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 02-02-2006, 10:39 PM   #2
MpoweredM
Wants to be Orange
 
MpoweredM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 13,302
My Ride: 1098S; RR Sport; CRZ
PS2s all winter and summer long.
__________________

Santa Hats thanks to Scott!
Click for pics of my bikes
Click for pics of my old 335
Click for pics of my old S4 avant
Click for pics of my old M3


Quote:
Originally Posted by v8 5 View Post
Constatine would of thrown his dildo at the kidnapper and proceed to cry in his closet after said kidnapper escaped.
MpoweredM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2006, 10:46 PM   #3
3rd_collective
ti-m-e
 
3rd_collective's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NOVA
Posts: 2,371
My Ride: Alpine White ///M
Send a message via AIM to 3rd_collective
If the car is your daily driver, keep the snow tires. Do you have another set of wheels? I would suggest one set of dedicated winter wheels/tires and another set for the reason of the seasons. Winters have been mild in the NOVA area but when it does snow, the winter wheels will get you to where you're going.
__________________
******************************************************
3rd_collective is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2006, 10:46 PM   #4
b1st
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 59
My Ride: 01 330Ci
MM, You drive in snow with those or do you have a winter beater? How long have you been in this area?
b1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2006, 10:54 PM   #5
3rd_collective
ti-m-e
 
3rd_collective's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NOVA
Posts: 2,371
My Ride: Alpine White ///M
Send a message via AIM to 3rd_collective
been here for ~6 years. I don't have a beater. I use my stock wheels thats wrapped in all season tires during the winter (it still sucks in the snow). Next year, I'm buying real winter tires.
__________________
******************************************************
3rd_collective is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2006, 10:59 PM   #6
b1st
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 59
My Ride: 01 330Ci
hehe, my question was directed towards MM = MpoweredM. Thanks for replying, tho. On my old maxima, I had high-performance summer tires on after market wheels and a/s on the stock wheels. Worked pretty well and I'm thinking about doing the same with the bimmer as the winter tires really suck when it's 60 and sunny.
b1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 08:24 AM   #7
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,725
My Ride: Honda Civic
love my snow tires, Vredestein WinTrack, but I can't wait to get my Bridgestones back on. the snow tires are not necessary around here, but even if we get massive snow once, and I am able to drive safely, the months with the snow tires have been worth it.

this season though, dont see that happening.
__________________
-Brendan
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 08:44 AM   #8
3rd_collective
ti-m-e
 
3rd_collective's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NOVA
Posts: 2,371
My Ride: Alpine White ///M
Send a message via AIM to 3rd_collective
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325
this season though, dont see that happening.
awww, you just jinxed it.
__________________
******************************************************
3rd_collective is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 08:51 AM   #9
StevenCu
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 169
My Ride: 02 ///M3
Running dunlop winter sports on the M. so far so good but this snow season has been slow.
__________________
-2002 M3 TiAg/Blk
-2005 CBR600
StevenCu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 08:59 AM   #10
PYRITE
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Emeryville, CA
Posts: 1,785
My Ride: 1965 Ford Mustang
Even just to save your nice wheels from exposure to road salt if it's your Daily Driver it's best to slap on those snow tires and fight the urge to swap back for the winter season. Mine sleeps in the garage but the wife has what we call the Battle Bimmer, her Type 44's come off and the BMW Snow Tire package goes on and stays on.
__________________
PYRITE IS SOLD!!

Welcome "KRYPTONITE"...
PYRITE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 09:24 AM   #11
Tinman
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Fairfax, VA
Posts: 3,661
My Ride: nice n' low a-fo
Send a message via AIM to Tinman Send a message via Yahoo to Tinman
I run snows. Blizzak WS-50s to be exact. I love 'em when there's snow on the ground, but they're downright ghastly on the dry. I would swap them back now, but then who will drive simsima around when it snows and he wants a drunk-mcdonald's run???

L8
__________________
~ben
no TURBO, no CARE.

408AWHP/430AWTQ (544CHP/574CTQ w/ 25% drivetrain loss) on 93 + meth, still a 1.8L
pics of the car on e46. . . . . . . . . . . . . more pics of the car on AZ
Tinman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 09:33 AM   #12
shady3one3
Banned
 
shady3one3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 24,404
My Ride: gets replaced soon.
Send a message via AIM to shady3one3
My car has only seen snowy roads twice in 2 years. My Michelin PS AS were fine, bald conti's not so much.
shady3one3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 11:03 AM   #13
bagher
Registered User
 
bagher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Vienna, VA
Posts: 17,841
My Ride: Marshmallow logic
Send a message via AIM to bagher Send a message via Skype™ to bagher
never owned snow tires. been driving for 10 years in Nova. still no snow related accidents.
bagher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2006, 11:03 AM   #14
budman
-not a mod-
 
budman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: South Flo Rida
Posts: 31,541
My Ride: is your mom
Send a message via AIM to budman Send a message via Yahoo to budman
Stock wheels for winter on the Touring.. Stock Conti's on them, the M was garaged all winter so no need for any change. My wife wants to stick the ACS wheels back on, but I told her to wait, just in case. If I was home they would have been on already, its nice having all the tools you need at home
__________________
-Gunnar
budman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2006, 12:17 AM   #15
DK_Nguyen
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fairfax, VA
Posts: 22
My Ride: Tri-cycle
get a beater !!
DK_Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2006, 05:50 PM   #16
b1st
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 59
My Ride: 01 330Ci
Haha, I guess I jinxed it. ~8 inches in NoVa last night. The LM-22s performed nicely as I drove through unplowed roads. I think I'll just keep the snows and get another set of rims. Who knows a good parking lot in Arlington/Fairfax area to do some donuts?
b1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2006, 09:47 PM   #17
wonton180
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 32
My Ride: 1999 BMW 323i
Send a message via AIM to wonton180
I have Blizzak WS-50s too. they are a wicked rally tire in the snow. If you have the space for storage, keep the snows for the 1-2 months of the year when the roads are sketchy. get some summer alloys/rubber and you're set.
wonton180 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2006, 06:50 AM   #18
schosports
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bel Air, MD
Posts: 2,023
My Ride: 02 325IT,
Sold my Jeep Wrangler and had to buy snows. Michelin Pilot Alpin, 225/45/17s on my stock sport wheels. They do GREAT and they were cheap too (last year sale).
__________________
schosports is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2006, 10:58 AM   #19
Jim Clark
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 580
My Ride: 2001 330Cic
My 330 will never see snow and doesn't see rain much. Kept my '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee for the slop.
__________________
Jim
2001 330Cic, Oxford Green Met, Sand, Step, Premium, Sports

Jim Clark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2006, 11:55 AM   #20
pyo
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: NoVA
Posts: 979
My Ride: Z4 3.0i '04
Send a message via AIM to pyo Send a message via MSN to pyo
snow tires....HAH i laugh....

i'll take pictures of my "winter wheels" when i get home for spring break. you guys will laugh your a$$ off
__________________
2000 328i [Sold]
2004 Z4 3.0i 6spd
pyo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use