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#4798 of 5349 Returning to the fold
Sep 07, 2010 (10:00 am)
I used to own a BMW328i (MY 2000) and loved that car. Thinking about coming back into the BMW fold. I was looking at buying the 335i Convertible. Ideally, I wanted a car with an AWD system since I live in the Northeast. But, I am willing to give that up since I live in Boston and not in the North Pole.
The convertible when kitted out with the sports package only seems to have the option of performance tires and not all season tires. I live in a high rise condo in the middle of the city and won't have the space to store a separate set of winter tires. I definitely want the sports package. Made the mistake of not getting it on my 328i and had to go the aftermarket route (Dinan) to get the handling where I wanted it to be.
Has anyone run them with the 18 inch performance tires in the snow? Or were you able to get your dealer to swap them out for some all seasons 18 inch?
For some reason you are able to spec out the 335x coupe with the sports package and retain the all season tires but that does not seem to be an option on the convertible.
#4799 of 5349 Re: Returning to the fold [ego29iste]
Sep 07, 2010 (10:13 am)
Bag the sports package or stay home in the snow...or change to all season tires aftermarket.
And that's a Philadelphia thought...net even as far north as Boston!
Without the AWD BMWs (each and every one of them) STINK in the snow. And with the sport's package...heaven help you!
#4800 of 5349 Re: Returning to the fold [ego29iste]
Sep 07, 2010 (10:42 am)
I live just north of you in Cow Hamster (but work in Boston), and for a while (a very short while) I had a 530i SP with summer rubber on it. The first 1/8" snow event that we had saw my BMW barely able to make it up my driveway. I ordered a set of winter rubber the very next day. Said another way, summer rubber and snow do NOT mix, even a little.
As for where to stash your off-season set of wheels, I know that Tulley in Nashua does (or at least used to) offer a service that included the storage of the off-season set of rubber and the twice per year swap of the wheels for a reasonable price. You might want to call around.
Sep 07, 2010 (1:17 pm)
Thank you for your responses.
I will look into Tulley and even ask some of the other BMW dealers in the area if they have a similar service. I also looked into TireRack and they seemed to suggest a few 18" ultra high performance all season tires for the 335 convertible w/ sport package. If they are sufficient then that is the alternate option but based on rfl's input I am thinking this will still be inadequate.
I will be traveling this week and the next. Once I am back it is test drive time just to finalize my choice and see what the competition is offering these days. Planning on checking out the 335 convertible, 335 awd coupe, G37 awd coupe and perhaps the Audi S4, E350/E550 (coupes). Can't wait to get started!!
Thanks again both for your responses. If you have any thoughts on the choices I have outlined above I would be curious to hear your thoughts.
#4802 of 5349 Re: rfl/Shipo [ego29iste]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 07, 2010 (4:05 pm)
I wouldn't recommend trying to get by on all-seasons...
Just find a dealer that will store your winter tires/wheels.. You'll be happy when the winter tires are on, and even happier in the summer, with those sticky performance tires.. Plus, every mile on the winter tires is one less mile on the summer tires, so it's almost as if they were free!
#4803 of 5349 Re: Don't get cheap. [seekingaudia4]
Sep 08, 2010 (7:12 am)
I was just kidding about 20 extra HP with 93 octane. Although it might get you a handful more ponies? Anyone know for sure?
#4804 of 5349 93 octane vs. the cheap stuff
Sep 08, 2010 (7:22 am)
haven't got any hard evidence that the 93 REALLY increases HP...but I can tell you this: if you use the cheap stuff you WILL notice a definite decline in 0-60 performance. It's like dragging an anvil behind you,
#4805 of 5349 Re: Returning to the fold [rfl]
Sep 08, 2010 (7:54 am)
Without the AWD BMWs (each and every one of them) STINK in the snow. And with the sport's[sic] package...heaven help you!
Really? My RWD 3 Series and 5 Series had no trouble handling snow covered roads when fitted with winter tires. No car -FWD, RWD, or AWD- is going to perform well on summer performance tires.
#4806 of 5349 2006 330xi Question
Sep 01, 2010 (11:02 am)
#4807 of 5349 2006 330xi Question
Sep 01, 2010 (11:02 am)
I think I have a fuse problem -- my radio/CD player cuts out for a couple of seconds every few minutes and my cigarette lighter doesn't work (I can't charge my cell phone!). Two part question:
Does this sound like a fuse problem?
I can't find information on which fuse I should be looking for. Any ideas?
Thanks for your help.