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GS Vs. 540 in Snow: The REAL story (archive)

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Posted by Pete Dale on January 12, 1999 at 08:43:45:

In Reply to: Re: GS400 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' posted by BMan on January 09, 1999 at 00:10:23:

I had a 98 GS400 for six months that I traded in on a 540i speed. The GS was a great car, but lacked the driving character of the 540. The styling wore on me too. But I don't mean to pick on you GS owners, it is a great car.

Anyway, I have experience with both in the snow. I had the 17" wheel package on the GS and those stock tires were obsolutely worthless in the snow. I went to the Pirelli 210A's and it improved dramatically.

The 540i with the exact same snow tires is much better in the snow than the GS. The GS's computer seems to overreact and is very noticeable when it kicks in, hindering the driving significantly. The 540's traction control, combined with the snow tires, works very subtly behind the scenes, and makes me feel like I am driving my wife's 4WD Grand Cherokee. With the exception of the ground clearance difference in deep snow, I am just as comfortable in my 540 as I am in her Jeep for winter driving.

: I currently own a GS400, and am very disappointed with it. It has to be the worst car in the snow. I can not even drive this car in 1 inch of snow. The traction control is useless. How is the 540 in the snow?? Any, responses will be appreciated.

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