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Posted by Peter Warton on December 12, 2000 at 02:30:03:

In Reply to: These cars suck in the snow! posted by rick on December 11, 2000 at 19:31:54:

We dont' get a lot of snow here. What we usually get is 1/2" snow, which melts on the roads but can't drain down the now-blocked gutters, then freezing temperatures which create lovely skating rinks for excruciatingly bad winter-weather drivers to, in a slowly spinning nightmare of afternoon traffic, smash each other to bits whilst blocking every major highway inside the hour. I stay home.

But when I have ventured out, I've noticed that the 535ia's generous low-RPM torque makes controlling it quite a bit harder. M-3 is the really the only way to get going on a slick hill with normal tires, whereas the 525iT's more humble torque curve (and probably it's added weight in the rear, though it wears 235x45x17" tires) makes it possible to start out on the same hill in M-2 or even plain old drive. That torque you love can come back to bite you sometimes. ;-)

Be safe out there!

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