In Reply to: BMW snow performance and reliability (more...) posted by S. Diggavi on October 04, 1999 at 09:05:15:
AWD will definitely help if you live in hilly areas. It will also help you accelerate faster. It can actually increase braking distances (more weight) and negatively affect emergency handling (more weight). Check out the car and driver site and search the archives for snow tires. The May issue had a good article on all of this.
: I am considering a new BMW 323 (2000) and live in the
: northern New Jersey area.
: I just moved from California and so am not used to
: the snow.
: I really like the way the BMW handles but am worried
: about it in snow, with the rear-wheel drive.
: I am also looking at the Audi A4 and the major selling
: point there is the Quattro which (apparantly) makes it
: safer in snow.
: Do we need snow tires or would all-season tires be
: enough for the 323 in winter?
: Would greatly appreciate your inputs into this.
: Also, if you had any comments of the long term reliability of the 323 (compared to the Audi A4 too)
: I would appreciate it.
: Look forward to your responses.
: S. Diggavi