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      08-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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Tire recommendations for the M3

My coupe came with Michelin PS2's but I see they are not rated for snow/winter conditions. Now that I'm leaving California for New York, just wondering if people go with all-weather tires up there for the snow?

And is there anything I can do to protect my car from the salt that does not involve keeping it in the garage all winter?
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      08-20-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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I use these on my 335 and plan to run them in the winter on my M3 after I pick it up in Oct. Even here in NC, once it gets below 40 my summer tires would lose grip like they were made of plastic.

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You should probably have two sets of tires, one for the summer and one for the winter.

I haven't tried the PS2's in the snow, but based on my previous experiences with summer performance tires, I don't think it's going to work well at all. And driving an M3 in the summer with all-season tires is really a waste.
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You should probably have two sets of tires, one for the summer and one for the winter.

I haven't tried the PS2's in the snow, but based on my previous experiences with summer performance tires, I don't think it's going to work well at all. And driving an M3 in the summer with all-season tires is really a waste.
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You will need winter tires if you plan to drive it in even cold rain. You'll find that the PS2's will even lose a lot of dry grip in just cold weather. If there is even a dusting of snow on the ground you won't be able to go anywhere safely, I promise I have tested this .

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 is the BMW OE winter tire and it's one of the best for performance while being capable in light snow. I've had a set on my G35 and I have a set for my Z4M now. I actually got rear ended in a snowstorm in my Z4M by a Jeep that couldn't stop at a light... but I could.


As for salt, just wash the car regularly if you can and don't worry too much. For the outside, try a very durable wax that will stand up to salt like Collinite (885 fleetwax or 475 is what I use, very durable and used on boats also).
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      08-24-2009, 12:04 AM   #6
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Thanks guys!
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You should probably have two sets of tires, one for the summer and one for the winter.

I haven't tried the PS2's in the snow, but based on my previous experiences with summer performance tires, I don't think it's going to work well at all. And driving an M3 in the summer with all-season tires is really a waste.
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I personally have a set of Blizzaks for my G35 that go on for the winter months
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