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BMW's can be dangerous (archive)

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Posted by John Feng on November 21, 2000 at 10:30:54:

In Reply to: CRASH, no more E34 posted by Bruno on November 21, 2000 at 00:15:45:

Sorry for the nasty subject line.
I've seen my fair share of BMW's
in ditches and wrapped around trees.
I just wanted to give everyone here
a reminder of: that which makes our
cars so great in dry/wet weather, can
make them more dangerous in ice/snow.
We all are used to amazingly high levels of
handling/braking/performance in dry/wet weather. HOWEVER, in ice and snow, all that fancy
chassis/powertrain design are largely meaningless.
What counts most in ice/snow are good ice/snow
tires and driver reflexes. We get used to
being able to drive faster more safely than
everyone else. In ice/snow, we should probably
be driving SLOWER than everyone else because
most of us have large tires (225/60 or bigger)
that are better suited to dry/wet than to ice
and snow. Also, the relatively weighty e34
is going to have a lot more momentum than lighter
cars like the Lexus LS400 etc. That's a distinct
disadvantage in some situations.

Drive safe,

John


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