I just fitted a set of evo 7 wheels (17") and some winter tyres to mine. Only seen minimal snow so far but at least it protects my other wheels and tyres over the winter. Considering I didnt spend a fortune on the tyres, i'm impressed with how good they are for the price.
To the OP, do a search on here and you shall find.
I had Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60's on my TME and more recently some Yokohama Ice Guard IG-20's on my 9 MR.
Both were truely awesome and afforded you masses of grip and control in both cornering, braking and acceleration.
I have just bought a set of Nokian WR A3's for my next car, a E90 330d M Sport which will be running about 295-300 bhp a d a shed load of torque.
Winter tyres are the way forward IMO and they are not just for snow, they come into their own when the road temp falls below 7 degrees due to softer compound of rubber that contains more silica and the tread drawing with slits in to draw moisture away from the straight and narrow so you can get better grip.
Go ahead and buy a set of good ones, you won't look back, all others who have tried them don't!
Yeah, I ran Michelin X-Ice 225/45 17s, which are good for compacted snow, but not so good on cold wet roads, so going to try Pirelli Sottozeros this year :smthumbup
Most of the winter, it's just rainy, cold, icy with snow for a few weeks, so having a tyre that works well in all these conditions is what I need. Some winter tyres are more snow biased and other more cold/wet biased etc - have a look here: http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre-Tests/#winter
Makes a huge difference and is great fun (but be careful!)
As a user of snow tyres for 6 years now, I guess I can count myself as an experienced snow tyre guy :mhihi:
If you want good all-round winter/snow (or "studless" as they are known) tyres, get some Bridgestone Blizzaks or Yokohama Ice Guards... they have many models, but all very good.
They obviously wear down quickly in the dry, and don't expect to take corners as fast without sliding lol.
In the wet, again, nothing special, but if you go fast, they won't wear down as much :mhihi:
In the snow, great, predictable and you should be fine in all but the deepest of snow. They only really "handle" well, in the snow.
Finally, if you have constant snow, maybe invest some rally studless tyres. Last year I used Dunlop Rally Studless tyres, and only sheet ice caused us problems... Mind you, they are very soft so should not be used on tarmac.:smthumbup a bit pricey too, but very good grip
EVOs are made for snow and bad winter conditions! You will se other dimension of driving during the winter times, especially on the snow. I running on my V 15" whells 195/65 with small brakes at front. One tyre is approx. 50 eurs ... You can drive it like you stole it!
I have spare 16" 5 stud Mercedes wheels off my other car, might try them on it but the are pretty wide still at 225 width
Really all I am looking for is a set of alloys and winter tyres I can put on when it snows.
Hit some snow & Ice yesterday and spun like I was on dancing on ice. The breaks were useless because the tyres where getting zero traction. Luckily didn't hit a thing. Prevention is better than cure and all that!:lol: