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Prodominentely aimed at UK drivers at the moment,but is anyone using their M5 in all this snow etc,and how

are you finding it?

Mines sitting in the garage because I haven't got any winter tyres?
 

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He He!!!
 

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On summer tyres it is doable, but very traction limited. Braking / steering is fine and if you are happy with oversteer, it is very controllable. Traction really is its only problem. Hope I'm not teaching my granny to suck eggs, but in the dry rear wheel drive is great. When you accelerate hard, the cars weight effectively transfers to the rear of the car, pushing the tyres into the tarmac, so you get more traction. In the snow, you don't accelerate hard enough to 'move' the weight so what you want is the big heavy engine right over the driven wheels, not at the opposite end of the car! Add on the huge rear tyres and torque of the V8 and you have a recipe for wheelspin.

An old trick is to put some bags of cement / compost in the boot to assist traction. When moving above a few mph, leave the DSC on if you are not confident with oversteer, but if struggling to move you might have more luck with DSC off. Oh, and take a shovel.
 

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Without proper snow tires i call it a BMW Bobsled......horrifying to drive in the snow with summer tires if you happen to be stuck on the road when snow hits.
 

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I have winter tyres and the M5 is great in the snow.

<img src=http://homepage.ntlworld.com/richard.parkinson7/BMW/M5/DSC_1964a.jpg width="1000px">

Just get some winter tyres and drive around everyone on summer tyres that is stuck and watch the expression on their faces. Especially priceless are those in 4x4's when you offer to give them a tow!
 

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I assumed that on summer tyres it might as well just sit in the garage,but have been told by people who have winter tyres on other vehicles,that the difference is huge!Just wondered if anyone has gone down this route?
 

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What everyone else here is saying, get proper winter tires and there won't be much to get you stuck... unless you get on a bank of snow which has ice underneat, don't ask me how I know :D
 
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I have winter tyres and the M5 is great in the snow.

<img src=http://homepage.ntlworld.com/richard.parkinson7/BMW/M5/DSC_1964a.jpg width="1000px">

Just get some winter tyres and drive around everyone on summer tyres that is stuck and watch the expression on their faces. Especially priceless are those in 4x4's when you offer to give them a tow!
Richard,
Looks like your answered as i was writing!!!
Is it that good?
 

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Actually i should correct my statement that my tires are an "all season" not just summer so you might expect a reasonable performance in snow but this is not the case. I've put snow tires on my kids car's though (honda accord and a Saab) and they are seriously like magic how they perform! if i had the money I'd drop it on snow tires for my M5 just for the insurance of being stuck on the road when it snows however i think most will say they park em' when it snows not just due to bad performance but rather to preserve the car.
 

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Actually i should correct my statement that my tires are an "all season" not just summer so you might expect a reasonable performance in snow but this is not the case. I've put snow tires on my kids car's though (honda accord and a Saab) and they are seriously like magic how they perform! if i had the money I'd drop it on snow tires for my M5 just for the insurance of being stuck on the road when it snows however i think most will say they park em' when it snows not just due to bad performance but rather to preserve the car.
I must admit,even if I had snow tyres i'd be concerned about those around me who might not have them!!!!
 

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Well, I have had two 'significant' experiences with the M5 in the snow.

The first was last year, on 'that Monday' when then entire country came to a grinding halt, I think it was 11th Jan. I had a meeting scheduled for 9:00 in the south west, 240 miles from home. I set off at 4:30, at about 5:30 I heard on the radio that a hill near me that I have driven up with no problem was now closed. Roads were quiet but with 4 inches plus of snow on the motorways, I arrived by 8:30 in time for the meeting with no problem at all, stopping on the way to help out 2 people (one in an X5) that were stuck.

A couple of weeks ago I was coming back from the south west on Tuesday, just south of Sheffield there was blizzard, several people stuck, I think they got about a foot of snow there. The M18 was just about deserted by 7:00pm, just me on it! I had to stop twice to clear the snow and ice from the head lights it was snowing so hard, again a good 4 inches plus on the main carriage way. Thank goodness every one else had decided that the M18 was 'no go', I had a nice clear run! I was driving carefully as you should, the DSC light did not even come on.

If I know the conditions may be bad I will put 40L of water in a tank for extra weight, 20Kg of gravel, a shovel and a rope. I've never need the gravel, shovel or rope, but they have come in handy to help others.
 

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Well, I have had two 'significant' experiences with the M5 in the snow.

The first was last year, on 'that Monday' when then entire country came to a grinding halt, I think it was 11th Jan. I had a meeting scheduled for 9:00 in the south west, 240 miles from home. I set off at 4:30, at about 5:30 I heard on the radio that a hill near me that I have driven up with no problem was now closed. Roads were quiet but with 4 inches plus of snow on the motorways, I arrived by 8:30 in time for the meeting with no problem at all, stopping on the way to help out 2 people (one in an X5) that were stuck.

A couple of weeks ago I was coming back from the south west on Tuesday, just south of Sheffield there was blizzard, several people stuck, I think they got about a foot of snow there. The M18 was just about deserted by 7:00pm, just me on it! I had to stop twice to clear the snow and ice from the head lights it was snowing so hard, again a good 4 inches plus on the main carriage way. Thank goodness every one else had decided that the M18 was 'no go', I had a nice clear run! I was driving carefully as you should, the DSC light did not even come on.

If I know the conditions may be bad I will put 40L of water in a tank for extra weight, 20Kg of gravel, a shovel and a rope. I've never need the gravel, shovel or rope, but they have come in handy to help others.
Blimey!
What pressures do you run with winter tyres on ?
I think i may look out for a set in the summer !
Prove useful as a backup for my wifes Volvo!
 

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That was a bad Tuesday....

I was on the road too, bit further east than you on the M180; took me four hours to do the last 30-odd miles because of the traffic. I dug/pushed several people out of the snow that evening and I do wish I'd have had winter tyres on. It was just do-able, but not at all easy on normal boots - I even nearly got home but couldn't do the last 400m since the road had been closed.... Some of the worst conditions I've driven in.
 

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That was a bad Tuesday....

I was on the road too, bit further east than you on the M180; took me four hours to do the last 30-odd miles because of the traffic. I dug/pushed several people out of the snow that evening and I do wish I'd have had winter tyres on. It was just do-able, but not at all easy on normal boots - I even nearly got home but couldn't do the last 400m since the road had been closed.... Some of the worst conditions I've driven in.
I would imagine on normal tyres the beast is a handful on snow!!
 

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I would imagine on normal tyres the beast is a handful on snow!!
It is certainly that, but good fun, unless you get stuck..

I've managed in a fair bit of snow before, but did get a little stuck in Southampton last week. Out on a night time site visit in a rural part of the county near Andover, I used the start of a rough track to turn around on a long single lane road. The track was wet, but not snowy or visibly icy. Tried to move forward and..... nothing. Backwards.....nothing. Black Ice and a bit of a rut meant that it would just not move. Shovel time!
 

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It is certainly that, but good fun, unless you get stuck..

I've managed in a fair bit of snow before, but did get a little stuck in Southampton last week. Out on a night time site visit in a rural part of the county near Andover, I used the start of a rough track to turn around on a long single lane road. The track was wet, but not snowy or visibly icy. Tried to move forward and..... nothing. Backwards.....nothing. Black Ice and a bit of a rut meant that it would just not move. Shovel time!
Winter tyre time!!!!??? if you can find em!!
 

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I drove into work at 7.30am Saturday morning and the snow was just begining to fall, no real drama. After 4 hours I came back out to this!
Decided best to leave it were it was, didnt fancy getting out of that parking space. Went back and got the car Sunday and I must say the drive home was entertaining to say the least!
 

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Winter tyre time!!!!??? if you can find em!!
On my wish list, would have had them for the last couple of years, but the effects of the recession means that there's always been something else to pay for. :crying2: Next year might be different though.

Slightly O/T, I had a short lift in a proper, traditional Land Rover Defender through the worst of the snow and it was absolutely incredible.
 
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