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Old 11-25-2019, 05:56 PM   #1
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Snow Tire Shopping Again, Need Honest Opinons

Hey guys! I live in NE Pa here and the last 2 years have been really wet winters, I currently have an out of production snow tire for my winter wheels, and need suggestions and honest opinions on what to get next, my currents got hard and had me sliding every where last year and my current search for a decent 4x4 beater hasn't had me much luck

I work a job where I'm an essential employee so need to get to work when needed.

I'm running stock 205 55R16

Im driving a 325i RWD 5-Speed

Going to be in mixed conditions but we've been getting more wet/slushy conditions the last year or so.

I also live on a mountain to go up and dow to get home at medium incline.

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Old 11-25-2019, 06:05 PM   #2
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My commute is 60mi each way over a couple PA mountains and with my occupation I dont have the luxury of calling off if the weather blows.

I ran Uniroyal Tiger Paw Snow and Ice on a 2010 Jetta for a few winters with positive results.

Just had Continental Viking Contact 7's installed on my 330xi, but yet to be tested.


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General has an excellent snow tire at a very good price. They also are quiet and do well on dry roads.
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:25 PM   #4
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I don't have to worry about the winters here in the south but a lot of members from the north have very positive reviews of the Bridgestone Blizzak tires.
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I don't have to worry about the winters here in the south but a lot of members from the north have very positive reviews of the Bridgestone Blizzak tires.
I hear alot about Blizzak tire but there are so many models of it

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Old 11-25-2019, 06:58 PM   #6
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My commute is 60mi each way over a couple PA mountains and with my occupation I dont have the luxury of calling off if the weather blows.

I ran Uniroyal Tiger Paw Snow and Ice on a 2010 Jetta for a few winters with positive results.

Just had Continental Viking Contact 7's installed on my 330xi, but yet to be tested.


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See you know my pain, mine being a state job I need a good snow tire with how slushy last year was i was all over the place especially getting home on my mountain I miss having my jeep but it's not in the budget currently, mines rwd vs awd like yours tho

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Old 11-25-2019, 06:59 PM   #7
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I hear alot about Blizzak tire but there are so many models of it

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Our members from the north will need to help you there. Sorry, I run summer tires all year here.
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Consider a studdable set since you only have the rwd. If you opt away from studs, with new winters you ought to be good this season with some winter driving skills.

Rwd would keep winter time interesting at least. I expect to be glued to the roads this winter w the awd + new winter meats.

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Taking price into account, BFG winter slalom ksi's are really quite good. Not taking price into consideration, mich x-ice, hakka's, or blizzaks are the way to go. Definitely don't get studded tires unless you live in an area where you're ONLY driving on packed snow or ice for months straight. They're probably illegal in your area anyway.
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Taking price into account, BFG winter slalom ksi's are really quite good. Not taking price into consideration, mich x-ice, hakka's, or blizzaks are the way to go. Definitely don't get studded tires unless you live in an area where you're ONLY driving on packed snow or ice for months straight. They're probably illegal in your area anyway.
In PA we are allowed to have studded tires from November 1st to April 15th

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 > everything else on the market.
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Go to www.tirerack.com and shop for snows. Check the reviews of people who live in snowy climes.
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general altimax arctic , it's the same mold as the discontinued gislaved nordfrost

only snow tire i will buy, cheaper than any other and damn good

be putting them on my mazda3 tomm as it seems snow coming sunday .....i don't drive the bmw in the elements
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Snow tire thread, oh boy. Almost as bad as what oil or brake pads/rotors.

I know well where you are. Most of the time acceptable, but there are those mornings in Jan-Feb.

You have a 2WD drive car with an open differential. Therefore I'd suggest the best. For those days.....

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3. There's those and then there's everything else.
Just get them off the car when the weather permits. That goes for any dedicated snow tire. They melt easily.

I have a summer cottage in Ontario Canada of which I go to year round. The Canucks understand winter conditions and put snows on steel wheels on all 4 sometime in October. Nokian is #1 followed by Blizzaks #2, to my casual eyes.
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old thread but , generals are basically contis
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gislaveds were swedish, same diff
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Snow tire thread, oh boy. Almost as bad as what oil or brake pads/rotors.



I know well where you are. Most of the time acceptable, but there are those mornings in Jan-Feb.



You have a 2WD drive car with an open differential. Therefore I'd suggest the best. For those days.....



Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3. There's those and then there's everything else.

Just get them off the car when the weather permits. That goes for any dedicated snow tire. They melt easily.



I have a summer cottage in Ontario Canada of which I go to year round. The Canucks understand winter conditions and put snows on steel wheels on all 4 sometime in October. Nokian is #1 followed by Blizzaks #2, to my casual eyes.
Haha, yeah accept I'm making this thread because the snow tires I have are garbage and recently took my jeep off the road and don't really have the time to be shopping around with the job title I have this year, might finance/lease a JL wrangler next year possibly tho don't really want another car payment right now

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You might see if you can find a 325xi or 330xi (better half's daily). The xi is a tank in bad weather, especially with snows. I've run General artic's on our last rwd Bimmer and it did exceedingly well. We've got Conti Winter Contacts on the xi which have been great so far, but have not tested them in the snow. They seem more refined then the Artic tire. Having said that, we've got Yoko Iceguard's on a Boxster Tip which have been quite good, albeit, not the most quiet of tires to be honest.
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You might see if you can find a 325xi or 330xi (better half's daily). The xi is a tank in bad weather, especially with snows. I've run General artic's on our last rwd Bimmer and it did exceedingly well. We've got Conti Winter Contacts on the xi which have been great so far, but have not tested them in the snow. They seem more refined then the Artic tire. Having said that, we've got Yoko Iceguard's on a Boxster Tip which have been quite good, albeit, not the most quiet of tires to be honest.
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Yeah, I don't know about buying another E46, I've owned mine about 4 years now, and they get more and more ragged out from kids where I live anymore, I was looking at the studdable Artic 12s

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