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      10-15-2012, 03:20 PM   #23
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Congrats nice car. What's the average snow accumulation per year? Just curious.
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      10-15-2012, 03:30 PM   #24
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Congrats on the New car. M-Sport looks great. Enjoy it.
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      10-15-2012, 04:37 PM   #25
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Congrats on the car. Havent seen to many m sports in silver yet.
Another good reason for choosing Glacier silver - rarity !!!
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      10-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #26
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We got about 140" last year, which was a new record. I'd guess 80" is about average. By way of comparison, a basketball rim is 120" high. Of course, it stays cold enough that snow tends to accumulate all winter long, unlike many communities in the lower 48 where new snow tends to melt off.

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Congrats nice car. What's the average snow accumulation per year? Just curious.
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      10-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #27
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Great color in the M sport...these pics make me miss living in the NW!
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      10-16-2012, 02:14 AM   #28
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If I currently wasn't driving a silver car, I would've seriously considered ordering Glacier Silver. F30 looks very classy in that color.
Well done, good choice.
Thanks! I think the glacier silver really shows off the lines of the M Sport nicely.
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      10-16-2012, 04:06 AM   #29
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We got about 140" last year, which was a new record. I'd guess 80" is about average. By way of comparison, a basketball rim is 120" high. Of course, it stays cold enough that snow tends to accumulate all winter long, unlike many communities in the lower 48 where new snow tends to melt off.
Wow. So you're driving on packed snow most of the winter until the spring/summer thaw. Certainly getting your monies worth with A/W drive and snow tires.
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      10-16-2012, 11:28 AM   #30
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Wow. So you're driving on packed snow most of the winter until the spring/summer thaw. Certainly getting your monies worth with A/W drive and snow tires.
Packed snow sometimes, but that's more on neighborhood roads. More often than not the heat and weight of wheels being driven over the primary roads compacts the snow into ice. We are a marine environment, so our snow tends to be pretty wet to begin with.

I'm sure the Pirelli sottozero winter tires are great for many places, but ice traction is crucial here, and many people get studded tires. I just picked up a set of Blizzak WS70 for my car, which people up here swear by.

This is a good look at what our winter roads look like:
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      10-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #31
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^^^ Love that pic!!!
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      10-16-2012, 12:56 PM   #32
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+1 Cool pic. Do they plow/salt the roads in the winter? Plowing and salting in the Chicago area is common, but I would think you're inundated in Anchorage.
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      10-16-2012, 01:24 PM   #33
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+1 Cool pic. Do they plow/salt the roads in the winter? Plowing and salting in the Chicago area is common, but I would think you're inundated in Anchorage.
They plow and lay down gravel/sand all the time. Unlike many places where they simply push the snow off to the side, we actually have snow removal all winter long. They scoop the snow up off the road, put it in the back of dump trucks and transport to various snow dumps around town. Imagine a city block piled 4-6 stories high with snow and you get the picture.

Not the most exciting video ever, but here is a snow dump in action:
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And an action shot of snow removal (note the long line of empty dump trucks waiting to be filled):
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      10-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #34
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Great car! Im ordering a 320xd Touring, with m-package and silver too, so was great to see yours! Do you know if the X is any taller than the regular F30ies?
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      10-16-2012, 01:44 PM   #35
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Congrats! Great minds obviously think alike. I can't say for certain, but think I've read that the X drive M sport is about 10mm higher than non X drives.

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      10-16-2012, 04:10 PM   #37
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That's a great point, and a real concern. Has anyone used this product or have any strong feelings about it: Slime 70005 Spair 7-Minute Flat Tire Repair System
Claims to be OK for TPMS sensors. I'm loathe to carry a full size spare in the trunk during the winter months, and hope this might save the day if [and when] I ever get a flat.



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If you go with WS70 (non-RFT), you would need to carry a spare + jack/wheel wrench in your trunk. Given your typical winter conditions, would you really want to be dealing with a non-RFT flat in the snow with below zero temps ? The good thing about RFTs is that you could, if need be, carry on driving for approximately 80-100 miles before the tire is toast.
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      10-17-2012, 02:19 PM   #38
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Just ordered a set of M5 replica wheels in gunmetal from **********s. These will be my winter wheels matched with Blizzak WS70 tires. I seriously debated just swapping out winter tires 2x year on my stock rims, but ultimately decided that the cost of doing so + the apparent risk of damaging my all season run-flats wasn't worth the potential savings. Plus, these wheels look amazing on the F30!
Kudos to Elliot at **********s for breaking up a set of staggered M5 wheels and giving me a square set of 18x8. I know others have recommended **********s, so I'll just second those comments and note that they provided excellent service to me.
I'll post pics once I have them installed.
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      10-17-2012, 03:44 PM   #39
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Just ordered a set of M5 replica wheels in gunmetal from **********s. These will be my winter wheels matched with Blizzak WS70 tires. I seriously debated just swapping out winter tires 2x year on my stock rims, but ultimately decided that the cost of doing so + the apparent risk of damaging my all season run-flats wasn't worth the potential savings. Plus, these wheels look amazing on the F30!
Kudos to Elliot at **********s for breaking up a set of staggered M5 wheels and giving me a square set of 18x8. I know others have recommended **********s, so I'll just second those comments and note that they provided excellent service to me.
I'll post pics once I have them installed.
Those wheels should look very good on your M Sport !
Once you get your winter wheels/tires installed, maybe you should dub them "the moose evaders" ?
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      10-17-2012, 09:16 PM   #40
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Great color choice and awesome pics! Thanks for sharing
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Beautiful. When everyone falls off the Alpine White/Effluant Blue bandwagan, silver will still be classic.
I'm with you James

Great photos by the way definitely the classy choice!!

14 days to go before I get my own Glacier Silver 328 M Sport. Can't wait !
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