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Gilbert; same situation, same debate here (archive)

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Posted by Ran on October 04, 1999 at 11:34:21:

In Reply to: Re: BMW snow performance and reliability (long) posted by Gilbert on October 04, 1999 at 09:44:06:

Gilbert, living in Southern Jersey, I have the same debate. my 328i sport packaged car with Conti sport tyres was received in Feb of this year. We end up have 1 to 5 snow days here and I really cant justify going around with snows for the rest of the time.
Keep me posted on what you do. Am curious. I know the pros and cons - discussed to death here - but want to know what someone who drives in conditions similar to what I face does. I too considered the all season P7000.
Now I have a crazy idea of getting the 328Ci sized sport wheel/tyre combo (staggered sizing for summer) and running the existing sport wheel setup with all seasons in winter. Any thoughts?? Know it sounds crazy but....
Just cant stand loss of performance in the long winters especially with few real snow days.

: Was in a similar position a year ago. (A4q vs. 328i) IMO the major selling point for the A4 was wagon(avant) availability. I wouldn't neccessarily say that AWD is 'safer' in snow--but it does make it easier to drive. Also most everything I read said the A4 was slightly less reliable than the 3er. (primarily CR) I especially think the 1.8T is less reliable than the 2.8. Being that I hope to own this car for years...I wanted the more reliable car. Also, along the safety front the A4 didn't have any head protection airbag. (Don't know if they've added it for MY'00.)

: As for driving in NJ snow. I have the a sport package equipped 328i. (read: summer tires) I went through last winter in NJ with these tires. Don't know if you were here--we had a couple of 3" falls. I had no problem driving in them--(better than my FWD Jetta.) I've been considering purchasing snows for the car--or getting P7000SS when the Contis wear out. Unless you live in a fairly rural area of NJ I don't think snows are neccessary. (I drove a Mustang will all seasons for eight years--no traction control.) Most roads get plowed quickly and well. If you get the sport package and have 'summer' tires...then it would make sense to buy snows as a second set. Also, it is advisable to buy a second set of wheels for the snows if you choose to go that route. I'm sure Eddie from Tirerack can offer some advice.

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