In Reply to: Well, weight is not the only that counts... posted by Oleg on December 16, 2000 at 01:28:43:
'92 525iT, Winter Package, now living in NYC area - it don't snow here anymore... *snif*
I had T-bird V8 before 525. T-bird is a little heavier than 525 but it would spin, slide and skid under any uneven circumstances on wet road.
Once I had to brake hard on wet road going downhill at about 30 mph. Ended up with the car facing the opposite direction, tire sliped of the rim after I hit the curb. I was lucky that there were no cars coming infront of me. Now driving BMW I feel blessed. SLOW DOWN IN WET OR SNOW!!!
> Also, the E34 seems to be a well balanced beast
Yes, but it's HEAVY -- more inertia to deal with.
Trust me when I say being heavier is FAR greater than being TOO LIGHT. I had a Diahatsu Rocky before my 525i, and it weighed maybe 30 pounds, 200 with me sitting in it. It had 4wd and all that, and you hit ice, snow, rain, anything, and try to stop you went into an instant slide because there wasnt enough WEIGHT for the tires to actually dig into the snow/pavement!
And yes, I had some pretty expensive hardcore offroad mega-ultra traction tires on that sucker, and it didn't help at all. It was just too light.