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      10-21-2020, 07:34 AM   #1
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Recommendations for Winter Tires

Hey guys, I have a 2018 BMW M2 looking for winter tires. I am in the GTA and in between the Michelin X-ice 3 and Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4? Or if any other thoughts?

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      10-21-2020, 10:31 AM   #2
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Given the GTA climate I'd be interested most in performance around the freezing mark. I think the Alpin is more "snow" rated? If so, I'd be inclined to the "ice" tire.
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if xi3 has the proper size go with xi3

pa4 is very good in the dry, but not so good in the deep snow
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I've had XIce 3 for the last 2 winters and never had any issues getting stuck, even if I came back from work to a GO parking lot covered with a couple inches of snow. They've been good although they of course never feel great in the dry, I always look forward to switching back to summer tires as soon as I can. My tire shop had said that the PA4s wouldn't be very useful in actual snow, they'd be good on cold dry days after the snow has been cleared.

So if you were using the M2 as a daily then XIce is probably the better tire but if you only want to have tires that you can use on sunny days then PA4 is definitely a better option.
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      10-21-2020, 12:39 PM   #5
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I'm in Madison, WI, similar lattitude but I'd guess you may be a bit more "snowier". I have the Alpin PA4 on my M2 that I drive year round. I had Blizzak full snows on a previous 228i that I also daily drove. In my experience the days of cold temps and clear pavement far outnumbered the days with deep snow. I have the good fortune of a second vehicle (X5) for the really snowy days thus for me the cold performance tipped my choice to the PA4. As usual YMMV. I do not regret the choice and winter driving on the PA4 is its own style of enjoyable. I could never say that driving on full snows was enjoyable and I hated mounting them and could not wait to remove in the spring. My PA4s get through snow just fine but you do need to be more attentive to grip than you might with the Xice.
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Blizzak WS80 is what I have used last two winters and am near aurora. I run a square 245 setup.

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I've had XIce 3 for the last 2 winters and never had any issues getting stuck, even if I came back from work to a GO parking lot covered with a couple inches of snow. They've been good although they of course never feel great in the dry, I always look forward to switching back to summer tires as soon as I can. My tire shop had said that the PA4s wouldn't be very useful in actual snow, they'd be good on cold dry days after the snow has been cleared.

So if you were using the M2 as a daily then XIce is probably the better tire but if you only want to have tires that you can use on sunny days then PA4 is definitely a better option.
What size are you using for your M2? I found 245/40R18 but the load rating is Xl, I wonder if that's ok?
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I'm running 245/40R18 97H XL on an 18x8.5", it's just a cheap replica wheel which isn't the prettiest but it's functional and in winter they never look that pretty anyway.
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I ran pa4s on my 17 m2 and ran it 3 seasons. Was a great tire..so much so I got them again for current ride.
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      10-25-2020, 05:11 PM   #10
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Just got PA4s this season and they have been great.
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