Mini in snow.

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  1. Fuppets

    Fuppets New Member

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    This morning was my first chance to drive my Mini in the snow. To drives kinda weird to me. I'm just wondering if that's usuall or if there is something wrong with mine. How do you all feel about your Minis in the snow?
     
  2. Nathan

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    A lot depends on the tires, type of snow and snow depth.

    Now that I have gone to a winter tire on mine it's a blast to drive in the snow. With the summer tires it had before, not so much.
     
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    And also whether or not the DSC is on or not.
     
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    I've found (based on recommendations here) that turning DSC off vastly improves the drivability in snow.
     
  5. Crashton

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    Snow tires FTW & yep turn off that damned nanny thing. :D
     
  6. CHKMINI

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    Dark Helmet is sitting at the airport. With the snow you're getting in Columbus I'll help plow the roads driving home tonight.
     
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    Sometimes it takes a change in the driver.
     
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    This.

    Stock runflats suck in the snow. No road-response
     
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    This will help. http://www.motoringalliance.com/forums/wheels-tires-sale/16430-fs-complete-set-winter-wheels-tires.html. Ive got a great set of wheels and tires for sale off my 2005 R50 that I sold this past year. They are in great shape. Work well in the snow.
     
  10. Fuppets

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    It kinda felt like it was fishtailing. I never felt like I was losing control, it was just weird. My fiance compared it to the rocking of a boat on the waves.
     
  11. Crashton

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    Found an interesting R55/R56 anomaly. Grab the hand brake to turn the car & bong bong bong. What the heck, I knew I was using the handbrake to turn. Damn nanny is a scaredicat sissy.:prrr: The R55 turns wonderfully on the handbrake, it's just that blasted noise maker. :incazzato:
     
  12. mrntd

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    The ABS or DSC tried to intervene on a handbrake turn? I would have thought the mechanical connection takes priority over the electronics.

    I have noticed the DSC make it drive a little strange. I've gotten to realize that it is the DSC kicking in even thou the light didn't come on. The light is kind of late. I think I will be trying with it off now.
     
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    So much more fun with the DSC off... :D
     
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    No it is not the DSC intervening. Just a nanny reminding me that the handbrake is on. Does the same DSC on or off. Thankfully my R53 stays quiet no matter what I do.

    My R53 has no DSC. :D
     

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