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      11-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Have you done this?

I know that others have shared opinions on this, but I was wondering if anyone has actually done this.

I have to make a road trip for family business tomorrow morning. The roads will be clear and dry. Though I am heading south, to slightly warmer weather, it will be below freezing for the first hour or so of moderate-speed, open highway driving. The rest of the trip down, and the return, will not be an issue.

My 128 has the Goodyear NCT runflats that came on the car (for now).

I have been trying to enjoy the 1er before I tuck it away December 1. But, I could drive the winter Focus if I wanted to.

Just wondering...have you done what I am thinking about doing?
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      11-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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I think you'll be fine.
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      11-19-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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I'm driven my PSS in below freezing temperatures before. The car doesn't slide off the road, you'll be fine.

Now if it's snow, you're hosed.
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      11-19-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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I do think I will be OK. I'm meeting up with my brother to attend the Penguins-Capitals hockey game in DC Wednesday evening. I've never seen an NHL game live, and we are three rows back from the ice.

I'm going to help him cook a bunch of turkeys for his workplace on Thursday morning. Then, coming home in the afternoon.

Weather forecast is for upper 20s and sunny when I leave tomorrow morning, driving due south. Should be above freezing within an hour, and warming into the 40s.
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      11-19-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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When I first got back here to PA I had the stock run flats on and they were pretty bald. Had 1 1/2 years on them and I drove them in the snow a few times. They were extremely dangerous in any moderate amount of snow. But for the most part the roads are usually plowed and they were ok. Just couldn't be going very fast around turns. Depending on where your located I have a set of winter tires mounted and balanced on the stock rims. Your welcome to borrow them just for the trip. Could also give you a chance to see how blizzaks drive.
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      11-19-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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Thanks for the generous offer, though I am feeling pretty confident about the trip on the nearly-new tires, even if they are summer tires.

I live in Clearfield, so it's US 322 to I-99, and head south. All major roads. It will be a cold, but dry day. I figure by the time I get to Altoona, it will be above freezing.

I do have Blizzak WS-70s for my Focus, and they have served well. I have the luxury of driving that car during the winter, while a friend stores the 128 for free.
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      11-19-2013, 07:53 PM   #7
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Dude, you're going to be fine. I drove though last year's winter, including a February trip to NH, in my summer tires ( Hancooks). When the temps drop, I don't push the car, keep it out of sport mode, and keep things on the straight and narrow. I never experienced an issue.

I was on some light snow last year here in Philly. Things were a little slippery, but kept my speed, breaking, and acceleration under control. I don't think my experience was any different than if I had drive my previous car (Ford Taurus) in those conditions.

Enjoy the drive!
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Thanks for the generous offer, though I am feeling pretty confident about the trip on the nearly-new tires, even if they are summer tires.

I live in Clearfield, so it's US 322 to I-99, and head south. All major roads. It will be a cold, but dry day. I figure by the time I get to Altoona, it will be above freezing.

I do have Blizzak WS-70s for my Focus, and they have served well. I have the luxury of driving that car during the winter, while a friend stores the 128 for free.
Ahhh I miss understood. I thought the concern was that the tires where to old. I'm actually really close to you. I'm in philipsburg. My wife works in clearfield. There is another member that lives in Port Matilda. Maybe next year you can make the trip to Bimmerfest with us. You should stop over some time and see what we've done to our 1ers. I have a pos cavalier I bought for $500, that's my drive to work car.
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      11-19-2013, 09:44 PM   #9
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as long as it doesn't snow...you'll be fine. IF it does snow-----WATCH OUT.

i drove in some light ice last week on my OEM runflat summer tires and the performance was absymal. very very poor.
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      11-19-2013, 10:24 PM   #10
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I've driven on my PSSs for several morning commutes in the past 2 weeks where temperatures where below freezing. Grip levels are clearly down, and the ride is a bit stiffer, but the situation is very manageable. Just maintain a bit extra safety margin (speed, trailing distance, turns, etc.). Winter tires go on this weekend…
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      11-20-2013, 09:30 AM   #11
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I drove on my stock run-flats all winter last year.
No problems so long as it doesn't snow. Two flakes fall and you're screwed.
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      11-21-2013, 07:34 AM   #12
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you will be fine just drive carefully
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      11-21-2013, 08:42 AM   #13
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Just accept and prepare for less grip.
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      11-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #14
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Things went fine. It was 24 yesterday morning when I left. I drove in below-freezing temps for the first 90 minutes. All open, dry highway, at speed-limit speeds. No issues.

I wouldn't have considered the trip if there were even a minor chance of frozen precipitation.

Got to see the Pens manhandle the Caps from the third row (first NHL game for me), and helped with my brother's workplace meal today, before driving home in 40s weather.
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