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Old 03-20-2013, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Valley View Post
We were running Continental all-seasons for most of its' life. The dealer installed Michelin Pilot all-seasons about two years ago. The car does very well in wet and snow.
No criticism, you are doing the same as most North American owners. But if you put actual winter tires on the i, and all seasons on the xi, the i will do better in the snow. It will go up hills better, it will corner better, and it will stop much better. It will do this while getting better mileage, and costing less (both up front and in repairs).

I did back to back tests on the hills, in the snow, with our 325xi, X5, X3, and 535i. Never ran the Z4 in snow. It was no contest, on the same hills (we lived in the snow belt, on the side of a mountain).

I should qualify that the i with winter tires won't necessarily back up a snow covered hill better than the awd. Can't beat the physics of weight transfer.

Just think, you can have better mileage, better handling, less cost, and in winter you can pull past the xi. You can get a manual transmission. You just have to change tires twice per year. Buy an extra set of wheels and it is painless. Just sayin'.
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