It'll be fine, just go with narrow tires. Probably something like 245s square. My Z06 was fine on 235/45/18 square Michelin PA4s in hilly northern PA and I expect my 86 to be even better on 205/50/17s with a little more ground clearance. I drove the Z06 through 5-6" of snow no problem.
What tires are on the car now? Obviously dedicated snow tires are best, but since you're in NYC can you take the train when you need to get somewhere in the winter? The only issue I'd see is if the factory tires are summers rather than some kind of HP A/S. You absolutely should not drive summers in freezing temps regardless of snow because they could be damaged.
Just ordered a set of Alpin PA4 for my little M, going to see how it works out. I couldn't get myself to buy a set of winter wheels like people do over here. The main problem is that I don't want to buy wheels that I don't like. So I'm putting the PA4 on the stock wheels and will deal with getting a proper set of wheels in 5 months when the summer tires will be good again
You do need proper ice tires with RWD, but with those + the LSD you'll do fine.
Just for fun, I took my MSM in 2 inches of slushy snow today and a few days ago, I had issues but it'll cut through it once I have the ice tires on it. Despite the tires being virtually new I wouldn't go anywhere with it and I still got stuck on the driveway's slope from a stop.
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Also I'll be putting 2 17" ice tires I have lying around on the Focus. Yes it'll be mismatched, don't @ me, I blame Ford for not offering an LSD.
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If you have AWD and a LSD you don't even need all seasons, the transmission will slow the car down.Originally Posted by Jimmy Russells
This doesn't look too bad for $2K, isn't too far from you.
M3 on winter tires will be a blast. I'd even venture that high performance winter tires would be fine - I don't think heavy snow accumulation in NYC is terribly severe most of the time, as I suspect things get cleared pretty quickly.
I run gnarlier snow tires on 18" Camaro wheels with the SS. We have the highest average snowfall (~100") for large cities in the US, so it pays to be more aggressive.
RWD, tires and an LSD?
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My rears won't get me through the season and I'm debating if I want to go with more performance winters or just grab some studless snows. Longevity of studless snows on the M3 legit worries me as I could barely get through a season with a set of Blizzak WS80's on the drive wheels on the GTI. I'm definitely in the mountains enough to get the more snow focused tires to pay off, but all the 60+ degree days that we'll get when I'm not in the mountains will do a number on them, especially with the way I drive.
I unbanned Patrikman.
I also originally banned Zuk & JIMP.
Then I got demoted.