imyrans wrote:I hear it's great with snow tires. I've got the regular 19-inch wheels and the all seasons the car came with and i'm afraid to take it out in the snow. On a leas the winter tires seemed like an expensive investment but if they are needed for safety then I will get them. Interested in what others with 19inch all season tires think.
We got a few inches of snow that changed to freezing rain a few days ago. Since I live only about a mile or so from my office, I took the car out, figuring that if I noticed any weird behavior on my street I could always go back, park, and walk.
Now, I am not one to say that you should *not* get the winter tires if you can afford to do so, but my experience in this situation was fine. I put the car in Eco Pro mode and used the throttle very lightly. No problems.
I understand the point people are making with "Why did you buy a $50,000 car if you can't afford another set of tires/$500 EVSE/etc." but I think one of the issues at play here might be, as in my case, that the car became affordable because of how discounted it was. Had it been a full-price, very high demand situation I might not have been able to afford it and did not immediately factor in buying chargers, tires, et cetera.
I'm also not saying that I won't buy winter tires if it turns out to be the case that I really need them. I'm just saying...in certain cases BMW made this car a bit more affordable to people who may not have been driving one without +$10,000 in incentives, year-end specials, etc...and we just have questions about others experiences.
In our climate, it could go one of two ways. Last year, we had a LOT of snow. However, on those days, NO ONE should have been out driving except emergency workers and health care personnel/police/fire. My office was closed. I live within walking distance of a small market, drugstore, and could walk or bike to my office if I really had to or needed to.
In other years, it has been the standard "maritime" winter where it was cold-ish, but the snow didn't stay around for very long except in inland areas.
I also had an old diesel Mercedes (87 RWD 190D) in the "bad" winters and despite RWD and no modern DTC, DSC, ESP, ESPN or HBO managed to make it through the winter just fine on all season tires. Drive slowly, carefully, with clean windows working lights and proper maintenance (and don't go anywhere you don't have to go in bad weather).
Again, I'm not saying don't buy snow tires. By all means, do so. I'm just saying that some of us who really don't take the i3 beyond the immediate metro area or a large city might not have to.