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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-27-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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Digging out of North East snow ... with my e46!

Ok, here's the deal. I woke up this morning (Connecticut) to find my car snow-banked in. 3 feet of snow behind me, roughly 2 feet on either side.

I parked my car last night, nose in, so my rear wheels would do most of the pulling through the snow when I back it out.

I shoveled the first foot of snow, but quickly got bored. And since this is my first snow storm with this car, I thought I'd see what it was really made of. I've been waiting for this day since I first bought this baby.

Most my neighbors shoveling away, breaking their back, I decide to do things a bit unconventionally. I back into 2 feet of snow, knowing everyone would look at me like a typical over-confident BMW-driving prick. At the risk of proving them right (and the obvious embarrassment of getting stuck), I give it a try. Well, guess what ... the car got stuck! But wait ... I rock it back and forth a couple of times, tried turning the DSC off (not really a great idea), then DSC back on, and babied the car in reverse and out she comes. It was really a matter of about 30 seconds, but really impressed me. It just put a smile on my face.

On the other hand, my neighbor shoveled all but a couple of inches of snow, and still got stuck sideways in his S4.

On the same note, I have NO idea how anyone would dare to even drive in ANY amount of snow with RWD. My XI would still manage to fish tail when I accidentally gave it too much gas, until the DSC makes it right. These torquey engines + rear wheel will really just throw you into a full spin before the DSC even kicks in. It just does not seem very safe.

With the DSC off, the all wheel would take a tad longer to straighten itself out whenever it lost traction. My XI was still very, very tricky, and a bit unpredictable with DSC de-activated. Not sure if it's the 62/38 bias or what, but the DSC came to the rescue and saved the day every! single! time!

Now braking, that's a whole different story. The all wheel + DSC will figure out any possible way to get you going from a full stop, up hill or what have you, but getting the car to stop was a whole different story. My brakes locked every time. Even when I try and pump them, they still would lock. It was pretty frustrating, but now I know. I down shift and slow down (like real slow - 20 mph slow) whenever approaching any intersection or lights. Doesn't matter if it's red or green. That was the only way to get the brakes to not lock. Just reminds me how heavy these cars really are.

PLEASE, PLEASE ... P-L-E-A-S-E be extra safe, courteous and alert when driving this winter. All it takes is a fraction of second for things to go terribly wrong (ask me how I know).


Anyone have any similar issues with braking in slippery conditions? Any advice or experiences to share?

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Old 12-27-2010, 09:17 AM   #2
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Do NOT pump your brakes. That's what the ABS is already doing and you pumping really gums up the works. Also, the harder you push the brakes, the more prone to locking they are. Smooth on the brakes and smooth back on the throttle are keys to success.

The car isn't that hard to drive in the snow, it is very predictable in it's nature and abilities. Find an empty, snow covered parking lot and have some fun. You'll really learn the limits and abilities of what you can do with that car. You'll also figure out how to properly control it even though the back end steps out. Leave the DSC on, it helps far more than it hurts and will save your butt many times over.

Get snow tires, makes for some really sweet winter domination. You'll be the asshat in the left lane going 70mph in a snowstorm.

PS: Way to show that Audi prick what's up.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:20 PM   #3
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This was our first winter in our Xi and even with some crummy triple tread goodyears it is a beast. I really enjoy driving it in the snow. It's my wifes car and I feel confident with the awd that she will be safe this winter. Unless there is a asshat BMW doing 70 in the other lane.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:08 PM   #4
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Any advice or experiences to share?.
Get some snow tires for even more wintery goodness.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:51 AM   #5
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We got a bunch of snow this week and the xi always does well. The #1 rule in snowy driving - SLOW DOWN. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it works.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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you have to drive slow. like below 30 mph when there is that much snow on the ground, regardless of xi or not.
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