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#17 of 36 20" wheels in snow and ice
Jan 19, 2008 (6:06 pm)
This is my first post, so if you have already addressed this issue please direct me to the proper forum. We just ordered an 08 X5 4.8 with sport package and the 19" wheels with all season tires. I really like the looks of the 20" wheel and performance tire and am considering changing to that wheel. I have heard and read about the poor wear and poor porformance of the 20" in snow and ice. We live in Kansas so we do get a bit of bad weather. I guess I thought with all wheel drive you should be able to get through about anything with minimal difficulty. I would appreciate any insight, guidance and help regarding tires and weather. Thank you all in advance.
#18 of 36 Re: 20" wheels in snow and ice [phoward]
Jan 20, 2008 (1:31 am)
I just got my 4. 8 2008 x5 ( M Sport package) it had the performance tires 20 on it, i bought the Bridgestone Blizzak 19 inch LM -25 4 X4 snow tires, they are great, no issues at all,
#19 of 36 Re: 20" wheels in snow and ice [cormar]
Jan 20, 2008 (2:01 pm)
Thank you Corren.
Tell me about the "M Sport PAckage" you refer to. The 19" Bridgestones go on the 20" rim without problems? Thanks again.
#20 of 36 Re: 20" wheels in snow and ice [phoward]
Jan 24, 2008 (6:17 pm)
Clearly, 19" tires don't fit on 20" wheels. But, you can buy wheel and tire packages that ship pre-mounted and balanced from sites like tirerack.com. On an X5, you can run 18, 19, or 20 inch wheels as long as the tires meet OEM specs. Sites like tirerack.com will list all optional tire sizes.
It's very expensive to replace 20" performance tires with 20" all season tires if you can even find them. And I've never seen 20" snow tires. I bought a set of 18" all season tires/wheels and have used them on X5s with sport package 20" wheels. I just swap them on/off for winter driving.
Personally, I think it's crazy to buy an X5 with 20" wheels and performance tires if you plan to drive in snow. The performance tires are just plain dangerous in snow and ice. The 20" wheels look great, but how many people really will drive their X5 at the limits of handling where you need the improved grip of the performance wheels? It's a cosmetic improvement that substantially diminishes handling in snow and ice.
#21 of 36 Re: 20" wheels in snow and ice [phoward]
Jan 24, 2008 (6:52 pm)
Bottom line, the 20" wheel package ships with performance wheels that are not recommended for driving in ice and snow. It says that clearly on BMW's web site. And they really are terrible in anything more than an inch or so of snow. I've tried driving in 5" of wet snow with those performance tires and I really don't recommend it. It's just plain dangerous, even with all wheel drive. While the 20" wheels look great, it just wasn't worth the hassle of swapping wheels on/off for winter driving or worrying about getting stuck in snow.
#22 of 36 Re: 20" wheels in snow and ice [anon3]
Jan 25, 2008 (9:02 am)
HI, My mistake, what I meant was i BOUGHT which actually are 18 inch ROF Bridgesone Blizzaks LM - 25 4x4 and NEW rims, I was asking about the Dunlop snows as i heard they were not great , I went with the bridgestone and are very pleaased so far, my performance tires are 20 inch Dunlops I believe. sorry for the confusion.
#23 of 36 Re: 20" wheels in snow and ice [phoward]
Jan 25, 2008 (11:49 am)
The X5 I just picked up is a 4.8 M sport edition, I understand that 102 were made for Canada only this year, It offers things like individual paint collection, M steering wheel and M RIms, body mouldings etc, the car is "ruby black" with a saddle brown and black interior and dark wood bamboo trim, sport seats etc, really nice, I am totally enjoying drving it, I had previously a 2006 MB ML500
#24 of 36 Re: [cormar]
Jan 26, 2008 (10:28 am)
It offers things like individual paint collection, M steering wheel and M RIms, body mouldings etc,
What kind of individual paint different than the normal x5 4.8?
Whats the difference between normal steering and M steering?
I think the bumpers are matched in the M package with the car color you choose right?which i don't really like
Anyway please inform details about all the difference between normal x5 and the M package.
Feel better than the ml500 in driving didn't consider the cayenne turbo? .
#25 of 36 Re: [bmlexus]
Jan 26, 2008 (2:23 pm)
The individual paint collection with BMW from what I understood is something you can only purchase on a 7 series or a 6, apparently this paint I was offered in this car is approx a $3500 upgrade, Take a look at a M steering wheel , Yes body mouldings, Fender flares, I LOVE the fact that the bumpers are matched to your car colour, insted of a plastic bumper, anywyas I am VERY happy with this special edition car and i beleive they are all now sold out across Canada, I have had people stop me in parking lots to ask me "is that a new series BMW it is gorgeous,
BTW the purchase price of this X5 was in the 95K range.
My friend has a Cayenne turbo , i have driven it many times, I prefer this BMW
Jan 26, 2008 (4:38 pm)
pearl silver metallic and space gray is the color i like,I think these colors r special I've seen a pearl silv metali and i think it's even better than space gray it's seems to be pretty costly for $3500 but I think It's unique. Can get these color on a normal x5 4.8 or you have to get the M edition?
Yes body mouldings, Fender flares
I still don't get does this give the car a better look.
have had people stop me in parking lots to ask me "is that a new series BMW it is gorgeous,
That would make you feel ur car more special I gues people really like the x5.
This M edition it has only these difference right? nothing done different in the engine or performance or has it?
I guess i have to see the steering.
Yes i do think this is a better choice than the cayenne which I previous liked then came the new x5 which seems better.
fact that the bumpers are matched to your car color, instead of a plastic bumper
Funny the x5 pearl silver metallic individual I saw which was I think M edition didn't have full bumper match but it was half match.
thanks again enjoy ur car.