Winter conditions, driving an Alpina or any car!

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thomas v8
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Winter conditions, driving an Alpina or any car!

Post by thomas v8 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:18 pm

Had the benifit of having the day off today. Which i must say i'm delighted about :)

The snow fall we have had now is coming onto about 10-11" and there are people stuck in cars everywhere. Where are these so called gritting trucks :twisted: Where i live there is a steep hill and there have been many cars stranded there today, its crazy. I expect many the cars are running the wrong tyres but it does seem crazy, this country gets caught out every time we a some snow albeit heavy bout of snow.
Two cars have been abandoned one being a Eclass Merc the otther yeah the good old BMW.

I have orderd a set of winter tyres and looking at whts gone on today they cant come quick enough. I hope i manage to get to work in the moring when i leave at 5.30 AM :roll: . will post on the outcome tomorrow eve.

Just thought I would share my views on the winter that has hit the town i live in!

Be good to hear other members experiances.
current cars:
E39 528i touring Auto
Come on you GUNNERS

previous Beemers:
E39 Alpina B10 V8 THE BEAST: :auto
Mods. GRuppe M CAI.

E34 520i Touring: Manual.
E39 530i sport:Auto.
E39 M5:Manual.
E39 Alpina B10 V8:Auto.
E46 320i coupe:Auto.
E36 318i se saloon:Manual.
E30 320i coupe:Manual.
E53 4.8is exclusive addition.
E46 325i Manual Touring

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Post by PATAKET » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:20 am

Boy am I glad I invested in M&S tyres for the D3 and X5. We have had a cumulative 8 or 9 inches in the last 5 days or so with very little melt and and it's hammering down again just now. I have cleared my drive and my neighbour's drive three times and I'm going to have to do it again when this stops. The D3 hasn't been out but the X5 is a revelation on the Winters........turns it from a bit of a joke 4x4 into a seriously capable one.

Yours from Yorkski in Siberia :(

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Post by thomas v8 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:35 pm

Could not get the touring off the drive this morning at 5. 30 am, What a joke to cut a long story short I just went back indoors and phoned in work and explained. Waiting in as planned, i didn't expect Elitedirect to phone and tell me the winter tyres had arrived :D . straight away i decided to dig out the touring and head over to Rainham. Got the car out in the end with the traction turned off and fair hepling of throttle :lol: . Anyway i cant praise the M/S tyres enough i would never believe the difference its simply amazing. So happy I deciced to buy the winter tyres. Only snag if I can find one is the price was a little different to what i first thought. originaly thought £390 but this was not the case it came to £460 fitted and balanced but very well worth it. I can only recommend to other forum members to invest in some winter tyres, you will not be dissapointed believe me. One very happy camper. Didn't get the car home and her indoors has taken it off me to go out and about :( :lol: .

Tyres: Cooper Weahter-master snow tyre 225/55. R16 on Turbines. £460.00 fitted.
current cars:
E39 528i touring Auto
Come on you GUNNERS

previous Beemers:
E39 Alpina B10 V8 THE BEAST: :auto
Mods. GRuppe M CAI.

E34 520i Touring: Manual.
E39 530i sport:Auto.
E39 M5:Manual.
E39 Alpina B10 V8:Auto.
E46 320i coupe:Auto.
E36 318i se saloon:Manual.
E30 320i coupe:Manual.
E53 4.8is exclusive addition.
E46 325i Manual Touring

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Post by ade and liz flint » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:02 pm

PATAKET wrote:Yours from Yorkski in Siberia :(
:lol: :lol:

Still not a flake here :whistle @@@
Current:
E91 B3SBiturbo #127
981 Porsche Cayman GTS
Focus STline dog wagon

Previously loved:
ALPINA: E92 B3SBiturbo #285, E90 D3Biturbo #097, E85 Roadster S #168 & variety of 'grey' 4 and 6-cyl BMW lumps.
PORSCHE: Macan S, Cayman 981 S

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Post by thomas v8 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:27 pm

ade and liz flint wrote:
PATAKET wrote:Yours from Yorkski in Siberia :(
:lol: :lol:


Still not a flake here :whistle @@@
In that case borrow your winter tyres to someone who will benifit from them :wink:
current cars:
E39 528i touring Auto
Come on you GUNNERS

previous Beemers:
E39 Alpina B10 V8 THE BEAST: :auto
Mods. GRuppe M CAI.

E34 520i Touring: Manual.
E39 530i sport:Auto.
E39 M5:Manual.
E39 Alpina B10 V8:Auto.
E46 320i coupe:Auto.
E36 318i se saloon:Manual.
E30 320i coupe:Manual.
E53 4.8is exclusive addition.
E46 325i Manual Touring

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Post by ade and liz flint » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:52 pm

thomas v8 wrote:In that case borrow your winter tyres to someone who will benifit from them :wink:
That's why we don't have any! Where we live it just about never snows (cameras come out if it does! :lol:), and if we're in doubt about the weather further afield, we take the Mini out with its new (summer) tyres on...it copes! Alternatively....take the bus.

Last year, during all that weather, it snowed one morning so you could leave footprints...it was thawed by lunchtime 8) . That was it...but it was cooooooooold. We moved house and it was -15C at midday the day we moved. Took us a month to warm the house back up :lol:
Current:
E91 B3SBiturbo #127
981 Porsche Cayman GTS
Focus STline dog wagon

Previously loved:
ALPINA: E92 B3SBiturbo #285, E90 D3Biturbo #097, E85 Roadster S #168 & variety of 'grey' 4 and 6-cyl BMW lumps.
PORSCHE: Macan S, Cayman 981 S

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Post by E24man » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:55 pm

Another +1 for winter tyres

I had my Alpina B10 V8 Touring out in some serious snow today - it's currently wearing 8x18 M-Para replicas with cheapie mccheapie Nankang Snow SV2's in 235/40x18 size. It performed faultlessly even driving past some 4x4's with dopey drivers gunning the crap out of them and spinning all the (oversize) wheels.

I took it slow and steady, take-off's in second through the step-tronic and DSC off when necessary - my only hairy moment was a steep downhill when I forgot to put the car into neutral when braking - I had the brakes full on and I was still plowing forward on the packed ice and snow until I remembered i was in an auto :oops:

But winter tyres - BRILLIANT

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2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)

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Post by ade and liz flint » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:38 pm

E24man wrote:... I had the brakes full on and I was still plowing forward on the packed ice and snow until I remembered i was in an auto :oops:
ROFL!

Don't envy you boys, one bit. Take it easy, and drive as safe as all the other road users let you!
Current:
E91 B3SBiturbo #127
981 Porsche Cayman GTS
Focus STline dog wagon

Previously loved:
ALPINA: E92 B3SBiturbo #285, E90 D3Biturbo #097, E85 Roadster S #168 & variety of 'grey' 4 and 6-cyl BMW lumps.
PORSCHE: Macan S, Cayman 981 S

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Post by E24man » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:45 pm

ade and liz flint wrote:
E24man wrote:... I had the brakes full on and I was still plowing forward on the packed ice and snow until I remembered i was in an auto :oops:
ROFL!

Don't envy you boys, one bit. Take it easy, and drive as safe as all the other road users let you!
Glad I made you smile - as I recall, at that precise moment I remember thinking three things;

1. WTF is happening
2. This will stain the leather.
3. WTF is happening :shock:

All better now though :D

Now I've remembered how to drive an auto.......properly :oops: :D
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)

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Post by ade and liz flint » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:18 am

E24man wrote:Glad I made you smile - as I recall, at that precise moment I remember thinking three things;

1. WTF is happening
2. This will stain the leather.
3. WTF is happening :shock:

All better now though :D

Now I've remembered how to drive an auto.......properly :oops: :D
PMSL, hope the leather's fine! My only experience of driving autos in snow was interesting...
1) Ohio, -15C, 2ft of snow, yank barge with many, many coffee cup holders. I didn't give a crap as it wasn't mine and there's not much to hit in Ohio....so had a bit of a larf on summer tyres!
2) Mid Canada, -35C, 2metres+ of snow another yank barge, but slightly better! Still lots of coffee cup holders (I used many!), car left plugged into the mains or running all night to prevent the block freezing. Tyres keep the flat spots as they're so cold, so journey very bumpy and not on snow tyres :P and lots of things to hit and ditches to go into. At least the rivers were frozen solid so no danger there! Was lethal! Trans-Canada highway in driving snow, -20C and hoping it was as straight as the map suggested....otherwise the white stuff might have not had road under it....

In both cases, ABS had lots of use :lol: :lol:
Current:
E91 B3SBiturbo #127
981 Porsche Cayman GTS
Focus STline dog wagon

Previously loved:
ALPINA: E92 B3SBiturbo #285, E90 D3Biturbo #097, E85 Roadster S #168 & variety of 'grey' 4 and 6-cyl BMW lumps.
PORSCHE: Macan S, Cayman 981 S

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Post by Broch » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:31 pm

Drove home in a hired Ford Focus last night/this morning from Heathrow, via Rochdale, where i picked up a set of 16" winter wheels + tyres
Most of the roads were good, and saw plenty of snow ploughs.
The only idiots were the usual white vans.
East coast of Scotland was the worst, especially around the Dundee area.

Fitted the winter wheels/tyres to the D3 tonight, and can't wait to see the difference tomorrow

Onzie

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