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BMW 1 Series, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#1795 of 1826 Re: A Question of the 128i [runningdoc]
Oct 27, 2009 (10:19 pm)
I live in NJ...bought 128i convertible (loaded)...had a few minor problems dealer fixed no problem...but I have to tell you....I LOVE IT....bought car day after thanksgiving 2008 and have had it approx 1 year to date...simply awesome.... peppy, rides great, turns on a dime, hugs the road like a bmw, gas mileage 21-25 consistantly, but most of all.. love it with the top down and the comments people always make.
Standard Stereo pretty good also. All together....nice car for the deal I got....and believe me I tested them all and did my homework.
Nov 15, 2009 (8:35 pm)
Love the 128i but concerned about not having all wheel drive or at least front wheel drive for snow would i be better off with the 328i? I hate to give up the size etc of the 128i.
#1797 of 1826 Re: bmw 128i in snow [deedee6104]
Nov 15, 2009 (9:16 pm)
buy yourself a set of 4 dedicated winter rims & tires and you will not have any problem
#1798 of 1826 Re: bmw 128i in snow [deedee6104]
Nov 19, 2009 (6:38 pm)
What nyccarguy said; four dedicated winter tires and you'll be good to go.
#1799 of 1826 Re: bmw 128i in snow [roadburner]
Nov 20, 2009 (5:53 pm)
Yeah, but snow tires will only take you so far (usually half-way up the sidewalk ), At some point laws of physics with RWD will kick in. I've seen plenty of 3 series with snow tires going down a snow-covered street at 45 degree angle!
#1800 of 1826 Re: bmw 128i in snow [bodble2]
Nov 20, 2009 (7:00 pm)
The fact is you can get stuck in snow with AWD or even 4WD and snow tires if conditions are bad enough but I made it thru three NH winters driving all-over to sales calls in a RWD 528i wearing Blizzaks.
Wear good snows, carry a tow strap and tow hook and don't drive when it's really bad, wait for them to plow, you'll be fine.
#1801 of 1826 Re: bmw 128i in snow [bodble2]
Nov 22, 2009 (9:18 am)
At some point laws of physics with RWD will kick in. I've seen plenty of 3 series with snow tires going down a snow-covered street at 45 degree angle!
I suspect that's just incompetence on the part of the driver. I've run winter rubber on an E36 3er and E39 5er and had absolutely NO problems in snow. They both handled the nasty stuff 100% better than my miserable Mazdaspeed 3.
Nov 22, 2009 (12:32 pm)
you've got to take your time & cannot go tearing through the white stuff. With RWD & 4 snows, the stability control & electronic nannies do all the work.
My wife has an '07 X3. Now I've driven her truck in the snow with the all season tires it comes with. In an empty parking lot once, I shut off the dtc (dynamic traction control) and mashed the gas pedal - the truck spun all 4 tires & couldn't get out of its own way. With the DTC switched back on, I mashed the gas and the x3 gingerly took off.
#1803 of 1826 Re: in the snow [nyccarguy]
by kyfdx HOST
Nov 22, 2009 (12:41 pm)
My wife drove RWD 3-series for five years.... shod with winter tires..
She got the X3 about a year ago... First snow, she comes in and says she was sliding coming down to a stop on a downhill slope. "How come I have AWD, and it doesn't stop as well as my 330i convertible?"
While I could drive her X3 through heavier snow and worse conditions than her 3-series could handle (ground clearance counts for a lot), the RWD convertible with winter tires was/is safer and better handling in slick conditions..
#1804 of 1826 Re: bmw 128i in snow [roadburner]
Nov 23, 2009 (4:14 pm)
"I suspect that's just incompetence on the part of the driver"
I'm not so sure that's the whole story....maybe you're just blessed with superior skills that mere mortals only dream about.
Let's put it this way, all else being equal (tires, road condition, etc), in adverse conditions, I'll put my money on a FWD or AWD over a RWD any day.