|Re: how does Z3 handle in the winter (archive)|
Posted by Z3 Husband on October 04, 1998 at 17:50:24:
In Reply to: how does Z3 handle in the winter posted by Sinisa on October 04, 1998 at 09:31:50:
Firstly remember that in Boston, you generally don't have to drive through snow very often (unless you work for a hospital or other emergency-type job).
We got Isabeau last March, so we missed last year's snowy days (I think the total was 4), but for this winter we are getting her "snow shoes". We will replace all 4 stock 225/50/16's with 205/60/15 snows (we bought "nice, but affordable" alloy wheels, you can get cheapo steel wheels and save a few bucks). The narrower tread width (and the M+S rating) plus the higher profile and the ASC should get her through the winter.
If you are inside 128, I'll recommend Direct Tire for the above. They have stores in Watertown, Peabody and Norwood. If you buy the snows from them, for $50 they will mount and balance them and store the other 4 over the winter. They were competative ($249 vs 201) with Tire Rack for the Pilot we had to replace (nail in sidewall -- ouch) and gave us a "loaner" Pilot when they didn't have a new one in stock (but they got it in 24 ours). While we were changing the Pilot, they took the time to make sure the "nice, affordable" alloy wheels we bought would fit, so when we come back in December for the changeover there won't be any surprizes. Plus the owner is a BMW fan (one of the employees pointed out his car to me -- A silver M3 with license plate "Tires").
98 2.8 White/Black/Beige, Heated seats, OBC -- "Isabeau"