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      07-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Winter tyres

how many of you UK buyers have winter tyres?
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      07-16-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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I voted 'No', but depending on how my finances are later this year I may invest in the winter wheels/tyres offer from my local dealer.
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      08-15-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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Worth having if we get prolonged periods of snow!
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No, but I'd like to if I can convince the wife it is worth spending the money! Don't (normally) get much snow where I live so it is a little tricky to justify on cost alone - ignoring the safety aspects.
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      08-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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Voted 'No' to the poll.

My dealer advised me winter tyres can be rented for the few weeks of heavy snow if needed and that they have loads in stock!!!
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      08-22-2012, 01:56 AM   #6
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Voted 'No' to the poll.

My dealer advised me winter tyres can be rented for the few weeks of heavy snow if needed and that they have loads in stock!!!
That is perfect. Not sure I fancy forking out on 1600 tyres to be honest. How much to rent them?
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      08-22-2012, 05:30 AM   #7
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My car is leased so I can't
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      08-22-2012, 05:52 AM   #8
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I have them, but I don't often actually put them on the car. They are one of the biggest wastes of money I've made in a long time. I bought them a couple years back when I realized my car is completely useless if there's more than a half inch of snow on the road.

I wanted to be a "good boy" and put on my winter boots, but each winter, it was just easier to drive my SUV, or even my old (1986) S Class, which is better -- by leaps and bounds; it can be driven -- in light snow than my E92.

This year, though, I sent them with my daughter so she can put them on her E91 when she wants to; she's in school in upstate New York where it snows far more than here in DC. With all the snow they get, I think one really needs proper snow tires rather than the all seasons that are on her car. The prior two years, we shod them on her car here in DC before she left home for the semester. Now that her mother and I bought her a place of her own up there, she has room to store them so they are up there with her. It remains to be seen whether she just keeps her all seasons on and sells the winter tires or whether she opts to use them....
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      01-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #9
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It's just about to snow in the UK and it seems to be becoming more of a usual event. However I'm still not going to get winter tyres (and i do appreciate the rubber performs better when the temp is below say 7c - it doesn't have to snow in order to benefit from them). It some European countries it is mandatory I believe.
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      01-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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I have used mine on the F10 550i m sport then X3 35D M Sport and now on my F31 330D M Sport touring, they are interchangeable across this range so one set of wheel/tyres fits all.
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      01-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #11
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Interesting that the poll currently stands at about 50/50. I suspect that's because the demographic for this forum is 'enthusiasts' or at least people who take a lot more interest in driving and their cars.

I suspect that if you did a wider poll of the UK F30/F31 owning public for whom it's just an A-to-B machine, it would be a much much smaller percentage of owners who would be fitting or considering winter tyres.
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      01-13-2013, 07:38 PM   #12
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Had winter tyres for years as we drive to Austria yearly to go skiing/boarding.

We always gone for the steels with caps, as I just want the cheapest option. You do get a few stares when in the UK but it's quite normal in the Europe.

Also dealer fitting charges are a complete rip off, I've got one of these:

http://www.obi.de/decom/product/Cart...huelle/9177544

and I just fit the tyres myself, dead easy and only takes about 1 hour (max) to do.
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Interesting that the poll currently stands at about 50/50. I suspect that's because the demographic for this forum is 'enthusiasts' or at least people who take a lot more interest in driving and their cars.

I suspect that if you did a wider poll of the UK F30/F31 owning public for whom it's just an A-to-B machine, it would be a much much smaller percentage of owners who would be fitting or considering winter tyres.
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If about half of all F30's have winter tyres then the dealers would be hard selling them at point of sale. I certainly wasn't even asked to consider them. In fact, do a wider poll and a some answers will be "winter what...?"
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      01-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #14
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I didn't know which box to tick as I have all season tyres "Vredestein Quatrac 3's". These are a combination of both summer and winter tyres. Inner half snow tyre pattern, outer half summer tread pattern and the compound again is partway between the two.
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I didn't know which box to tick as I have all season tyres "Vredestein Quatrac 3's". These are a combination of both summer and winter tyres. Inner half snow tyre pattern, outer half summer tread pattern and the compound again is partway between the two.
Did you get them fitted from new?
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I live on a steep hill - in snow / ice getting out of my street would be impossible without them. They last 3 / 4 winters so expense spread out in real terms. Wouldn't be without them in the winter.
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I didn't know which box to tick as I have all season tyres "Vredestein Quatrac 3's". These are a combination of both summer and winter tyres. Inner half snow tyre pattern, outer half summer tread pattern and the compound again is partway between the two.
damn... i didnt think of all seasons. and i cant edit the poll
how do you find the all seasons?
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I didn't know which box to tick as I have all season tyres "Vredestein Quatrac 3's". These are a combination of both summer and winter tyres. Inner half snow tyre pattern, outer half summer tread pattern and the compound again is partway between the two.
Are these Run Flats ?
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Are these Run Flats ?
Looks like there is an RFT option

http://www.vredestein.co.uk/car-tyre...rac-3-rf/info/
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      01-14-2013, 01:25 PM   #21
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The tyres aren't run flat as they are on my Honda Accord!! I'm going to be ordering my new F31 330d xDrive MSport next month.

They inspire confidence in cold weather situations. The down side is that they wear down quicker than summer tyres but I suppose not as quick as winter tyres. But as warmer weather is hear for longer than cold weather it is something to consider. They were a compromise I needed a new full set of tyres (It was just before the winter a couple of years ago) and I wanted something more sure footed, so I went for these. They had a very good review in a comparison test that I had read. I had to get them shipped in from Belgium but I didn't mind.
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It's a yes for me.

Got a cheap set of alloys and fitted a set of ultragrip 8's before last winter.

It's the best 500 quid I ever spent.
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