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Real snow tires are like driving on marshmallows. Think old truck/Jeep steering feel where you can get 1/4 turn before much of any "response". Where snow tires win is all out terrible, icy, slushy, deep thick snow. On dry roads they "float" and shimmy around. Even still they are shown to stop faster and better than AS/summer tires in the ice cold. Its a cold, nasty weather tire, that's the only thing they do REALLY well. Everything else is Ehh...
If you get a mild winter, sure A/S are likely fine. The biggest issue the M3 has is the wide wheels, they will float over everything.
That depends on what your looking for in a snow tire. There's full stud-less extreme weather snow tires or you can get a "performance" snow tire which is better then an A/S but not a hard core winter tire. If you live in Canada or Alaska/similar harsh winter the full snow's might be a benefit. Mild winter, sure get the other ones. They will be better in the dry.
Full Winter Tire
Performance Winter Tire
In the case of the F80, however, I think a Summers/Studless combo makes sense as you're trading the poor driving feel for RWD motive traction.
So I came upon this fine specimen on craigslist https://longisland.craigslist.org/ct...003032019.html
and will go see it over the weekend. Pepper my angus?
I see there's a new WS90 tire from bridgestone. Any opinions on that? Or should I get the X-ice? https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...cleSearch=true
I got caught in a freak snow storm last year in my 328d with 437Ms. Aside from no traction, the car handled it well enough. With the right tires, it should be fun.
I'm not planning on getting snow tires for my M3 though.
Rather than create a new thread, this seems like the perfect place to ask. I bought a used A4 Quattro a few months, back and it came with brand new 19-inch performance summer tires installed. I live in central NC, which has mild winters (mainly colder temperatures rather than a lot of snow). If there is even a slight dusting of snow on the roads or the a hint of snow, school is called off (so I don't need to get on the roads to take the kids to school), and I work from home, so I don't make any unnecessary runs anyway.
We have an Outback if we need to do any driving in the snow. My question is should I even bother with a set of snow tires or all-season tires for what would be likely 2.5 to 3 months max of cold temps? I've heard that summer tires get brittle and handling turns to s**t below 45 degrees or so. I'm new to this as all of my previous vehicles have had all-seasons.
"Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."
Originally Posted by The Igneous FactionOriginally Posted by WhistlerYOW
I handled two Montana winters including mountain pass travel in a Z4 with proper snow tires as my daily driver. Worked wonderfully, very balanced. Only issue were the really heavy snowfall days when it became a plow getting down un-maintained streets.
I bought the narrower 17" wheels that would clear the brakes in a square set-up. Had some true winter tires, not the performance types, that yes decreased the sportiness of the car in the dry but were no where near "truck or Jeep" feel. It was worth the trade off for the nasty days.
I have been running Michelin PA4s on my SS for the past 4 winters (this will be my 5th and probably last on this set) and they are fantastic. They are great on snow and excellent on dry pavement.
Obligatory photo of my car in the snow.
Last edited by silverxt; 11-09-2019 at 12:49 PM.
The performance winters I have on the rear were more than fine for the one storm we've had so far. It being completely flat outside of the mountains helps a ton with that.