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Posted by Will Oelke on November 11, 1998 at 18:46:42:

In Reply to: RWD traction control? posted by steveb on November 11, 1998 at 18:02:21:

: Hi Folks,

: I'm about to buy my first BMW so I am paying close attention to the 323 vs used 328 discussions. But since I live in New England and have only driven FWD cars I am wondering what people really think about RWD with traction control? I drive on hwy in lots of bad weather and live in Boston so need all the control I can get.

: Any opinions of experienced ice and snow driving? Thanks.

: steveb

My opinion is based mostly on BMW literature. I have no reason to doubt it. I have seen other manufactuers rush hot lick electronic controls and suspensions into production. BMW gets it right, that takes a little longer R&D. If it was not any good BMW would not have it.
I think short of an AWD a posi rear end with traction control would do well . The posi to get through the heavy stuff and the traction control for the ice. On thin black ice I believe there is nothing better than traction control except studded tires or chains. In any event if I lived in New England I would have modern design snow tyres at all four wheels. I run Blizzaks, but If I hit the lotto then I will get Hepolitkas(spelling) with studs.
To me at a minimum the car has got to have posi.

Will
88 325ix
91 525i


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