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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Nov-24-2006, 01:48:53 AM   #1
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Got my 17inch wheels with Blizzaks on and headed up the mountain.
Lots of squirrely 4X4 s on the way up and down. Road was icy
with a couple of inches of fresh snow.Pretty steep grade climbs
about 2k feet in about 4 miles.

DSC kicked in a couple of times momentarily but did not feel any
instability. Brakes worked great no sliding.I saw a Landrover a truck
or two an explorer and a couple of japanese SUVs sliding in this stuff.Likely running just M+S tires only.

My X5 and Landrover Disco and Range Rover and 4-Runner have all
had interesting moments on this particular hill in similar condition.
I was frankly stunned at how well the M3 with Blizzaks performed.



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i think twice about driving over puddles
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That's becasue the blizzaks are dedicated winter tires. The majority of SUV's just come with basic all seasons, which are horrible in winter. My previous Jeeps came with all seasons and when I went to a Rubicon, wich comes with off road tires, I noticed a PROFOUND difference in the performance of the tires on snow vs. all seasons.

I'll never buy a set of all seasons, dedicated summer and dedicated winter tires for me only.

P.S. You should turn off DSC when driving in winter, wheespin is important and it will make your driving easier.
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Well the M3 is my commuter 'beater' over the winter passes
Had to test it on the new Blizzaks. I commute 500+ miles a week.
I have almost 100k on the car. Drives like new.

Amazing how many folks running standard M+S tires in a 4X4 think they
can go anywhere.......er...... me included

I have read before that its better to run it with the DSC off in the snow. I will
give it a go.
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how much for setup?
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We had a nasty snowfall last night and the roads were incredibly snowy. My Jeep is a Ferrari Enzo in winter. I took my mom and sister to the airport today in her X3. On the way back I turned off DSC and driving is much more easier. However, be careful. None of us want to see you crash your beatuiful car.
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Don't turn off DSC unless you get stuck. It make make getting going a little harder but once you're in motion it's a godsend in unexspectedly low traction situation. Leaving it off would just be a terrible idea
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Don't turn off DSC unless you get stuck. It make make getting going a little harder but once you're in motion it's a godsend in unexspectedly low traction situation. Leaving it off would just be a terrible idea
Agreed. Advising someone to turn off DSC for winter driving is idiotic.
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Well i will try out the DSC off mode at the top of the mountain in the parking lot. DSC will be on on the road...........as usual.
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