Yes slammed I understand if you are leasing the car, I wouldn't have cared either for the winter!
I would have felt comfortable driving it all year around if it was leased too since I dont own the car and could care less about chips, salt, paint damage, ground clearance, higher risk of getting hit etc.
I spend a lot of time out west in the guelph/kitchener/waterloo area where its even worse conditions then toronto, most roads have black ice, salt and snow all season
Last year I put the M away from December - March first week.
This year it was literally this week to probably march first week, meh hardly 3 months?
Since I bought mine out and plan on keeping her for a while unless I find something better! And I have access to other decent rides, why should I drive it in the winter
You have been in the detailing business and your cousin is in it still! and you are extra meticulous with your car so no matter what the weather it will always look nice all year around
And whenever you go for long road trips, you still cheat and save the M sometimes
You are right its stock, but I still bottom out in some of the parking lots during the year, imagine with snow in waterloo
Subzero temperatures are also not good for the rubber seals in our verts, as per the shop foreman at BMW Toronto.
1. Rubber is being exposed to subzero extreme temperatures which can cause cracks in the seals leading to creaks and windnoises over time
2. If going through touchless (which you told me you use in the winter)
Water getting in and freezing will expand and stress the seals again and over time cause similar issues.
However, most of these issues wont be immediate but over time it may cause creaks, rattles, wind noises, which I would rather avoid too
But since you are leasing, again I know its not a big deal for you!