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BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Volvo S60 R, Subaru Legacy, Audi S4, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6, Sedan
#796 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [xeye]
Dec 23, 2008 (8:02 am)
You didn't high center? You probably don't have 6" of ground clearance.
Don't get overconfident.
#797 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [ateixeira]
Dec 23, 2008 (3:55 pm)
High center? You mean teeter-totter with the belly of my car sitting atop the snow while the wheels spin out of control?
With the let-out of the clutch, the tires advanced the car without hesitation. The trail left behind was a prefect outline of the undercarriage as it leveled the snow. Had I been trying to scale a 2' pile of gravel, I would not have attempted the same maneuver.
Considering the fun I have driving the 328xi, ad especially the 335xi with the twin turbos and the AWD, as long as I'm in New England, I will consider other vehicles when my car goes geriatric, but I doubt I'll buy any other marque.
This is just too much fun.
#798 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [xeye]
Dec 24, 2008 (8:45 am)
I guess 16" of powder packs down (or gets plowed out of the way) to less than 6". Just be careful when the stuff is packed and there's more than the clearance you have.
#799 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [xeye]
Jan 12, 2009 (9:39 am)
How are the 335ix turbos performing during this sub-zero temperature up there? We are moving to Green Bay, WI, and I was thinking about leasing the BMW 335ix. But I have read elsewhere that the twin-turbos, or any other turbos for that matter, is a bad idea in the cold. Your input is greatly appreciated.
#800 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [investor27]
Jan 12, 2009 (10:14 am)
But I have read elsewhere that the twin-turbos, or any other turbos for that matter, is a bad idea in the cold.
I cannot for the life of me figure out why that might be. I used to live in Chicago and owned two turbo cars while I lived there. The only issue (if you can call it that) with cold weather that I ever found was that you were able to get significantly MORE power from the engine on very cold days, especially if the intake was intercooled (which the 335i is).
#801 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [shipo]
Jan 12, 2009 (10:20 am)
Cool air ought to help all engines, and a turbo puts out more heat so if anything it would benefit more than other engines would.
#802 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [ateixeira]
Jan 12, 2009 (10:22 am)
Apparently you're having a difficult time figuring out what the OP was referring to as well.
#803 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [shipo]
Jan 12, 2009 (10:25 am)
#804 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [shipo]
Jan 12, 2009 (11:47 am)
Shipo. Sorry for the confusion. I was looking around the internet on driving a turbo car in the winter time and came across a lot of Jetta TDI owners stating that their turbo cars have a very hard time warming up quickly during the winter time. The TDIs take so long that they have do-it-yourself projects where they use foam pipe outer covering to stuff the front air-intake of the cars so that they will warm up faster. They keep them on all winter long. They said all turbo cars, including the 335ix which we are interested in, have experienced the same problem.
I, for one, do not think it is a good idea to block the front air-intake. It is my understanding as well that colder air increases performance by increasing the horse power. And I believe that turbos and twin-turbos run a lot hotter than normal aspirated cars and will need the front air-intakes to cool them down. I'll try to find the pictures of their projects and post them here.
#805 of 857 Re: BMW AWD rocks. End of story. Period. [investor27]
Jan 12, 2009 (12:10 pm)
A couple of points:
1) Many things that may be true for the TDI generally have zero bearing on other cars, turbocharged or not.
2) Colder air allows for increased performance due to the fact that the colder the charge, the denser it is (i.e. more oxygen molecules per given volume, allowing for a commensurate increase in the amount of fuel injected into it -- this is more of a factor with normally aspirated engines), AND the cooler the intake charge, the high the boost can be and/or the further advanced the ignition and valve timing can be before reaching the point of insipient detonation.