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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 12-01-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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My car is RWD!!

I went out to get breakfast today and almost hit the curb way too often.

I'm no Schumacher but I would think my driving is OK - I had two FWD cars before my XI and got it because I figured the AWD would help a lot in the snow. Why does this thing handle like it's RWD?

PS: I took DSC off for a second to see what happened... almost died!
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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lol first.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:11 AM   #3
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:28 AM   #4
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To be clear - I'm in Buffalo, NY and it's snowing here. My car handles like **** in the snow. I don't have snow tires but why does a FWD Toyota handle better than an AWD BMW in an inch of snow?
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #5
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Maybe yours is broken. Mine handled great in the storm we had here last year.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:32 AM   #6
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It's not a 50/50 split, it 38/62 (RWD bias) so its going to handle more like a RWD than FWD. I have snow tires on mine, but I love the RWD bias. It's actually why I went with BMW over Subaru, which has a FWD bias. More fun in the winter, better handling in the summer
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:32 AM   #7
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you need the right tires- make a world of difference, and sorry but I gotta ask are you sure its an Xi? maybe you just confused....
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:33 AM   #8
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You need some good tires.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:34 AM   #9
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To be clear - I'm in Buffalo, NY and it's snowing here. My car handles like **** in the snow. I don't have snow tires but why does a FWD Toyota handle better than an AWD BMW in an inch of snow?
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:41 AM   #10
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To be clear - I'm in Buffalo, NY and it's snowing here. My car handles like **** in the snow. I don't have snow tires but why does a FWD Toyota handle better than an AWD BMW in an inch of snow?
Get correct tires and quick expecting your car to act like god just because it's AWD...
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:07 PM   #11
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AWD is not invincibility. Driving it hard in a snow storm = Bad no matter how many wheels are driven.

And remember, if your bravery is more than your talent...you'll likely end up in an accident. That and leave the DSC on in the winter unless you're in a parking lot without other cars around, it's there for a reason.

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Old 12-01-2010, 01:23 PM   #12
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the e46 AWD system is kinda half-assed.

but its better than fwd or rwd.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:29 PM   #13
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my 325 was great when i had it even on stock tires
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:40 PM   #14
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My XI was pretty good in snow, until I put on BLizzaks which then make it amazing. The tires will help a ton.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:42 PM   #15
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Hey OP, take a picture of your tires for everyone to see
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:50 PM   #16
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OP, thank you for making me laugh today..
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:34 PM   #17
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Might prove helpful if you know how to drive in the winter. Xi still has 68% of its power going to the rear wheels, so you need to know how to drive a rear wheel drive in the snow to drive this car right. In your region, winter tires are a necessity for any car, especially a performance car like you own.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:36 PM   #18
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mvrk10256: Yes, I'm sure it's an XI

Locutus09: I don't expect it to be god, but a Scion acting better than a BMW just from a little snow isn't something I expected.

ZemogFC3S: I was gonna, but then it got dark. I had the stock ContiSports.

Lastly, since it's really the consensus, I went out and got snow tires. Michelin Alpin tires were the cheapest I could find (I know, not Blizzak) and since I'm a college student I had to go with the deal. Snow comes fast in Buffalo and today we had a mini-blizzard.

Thanks for the help everyone.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:48 PM   #19
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Pics of the snow and eval of the difference w/ new winter treads
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:57 PM   #20
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Get correct tires and quick expecting your car to act like god just because it's AWD...
Exactly.

OP is why truck based SUVs are in snow banks when I go skiing. Bad tires(?), bad drivers, wrong assumptions = insurance claims.
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