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    Posted: December/09/14 at 4:32pm
I'm looking at a sep set of snow tires for the MINI, and wondering what people have used and been happy with?

I'm currently looking at the General Altimax Arctic, it has good review from other MINI drivers, and is a great price. Anyone have other recommendations?

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I love my blizzaks!
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Originally posted by scoopieb scoopieb wrote:

I love my blizzaks!


+1

Also Dunlop Winter Sport 3D.

I have both the blizzaks for my Cooper and the Dunlops for my "S".

Both sets are on their own dedicated wheels.

There is a rather extensive set of Threads on this site for winter tires so check them out.



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The General tire got good ratings on Tirerack as well.  Check our their reviews/testing to see actual comparison data.  Currently have Blizzaks on my E30 and Mini.  

I need to comment that I'm against studded tires.  They destroy our roads and make cars less stable in non-icy conditions.

quote from the last test:
"Our test results confirm the addition of studs to the General Altimax Arctic had little to no influence on snow traction, but did have a significant positive effect on ice performance. Also of note, ABS braking performance on dry and wet roads was negatively affected somewhat with the addition of studs."


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Originally posted by racingbmwm3 racingbmwm3 wrote:

The General tire got good ratings on Tirerack as well.  Check our their reviews/testing to see actual comparison data.  Currently have Blizzaks on my E30 and Mini.  

I need to comment that I'm against studded tires.  They destroy our roads and make cars less stable in non-icy conditions.

quote from the last test:
"Our test results confirm the addition of studs to the General Altimax Arctic had little to no influence on snow traction, but did have a significant positive effect on ice performance. Also of note, ABS braking performance on dry and wet roads was negatively affected somewhat with the addition of studs."


Agree about the stud issue totally.  Furthermore a few years ago I was walking up my steep driveway to get the morning newspaper and could not do it because of the ice.  I turned around and walked back to the garage and got the MINI with Blizzaks and drove up to get the paper.  Amazed me!

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+1 for the Blizzaks. We run them on our Coupe and it does great in the snow. I had them on the R50 a few years ago and could run circles around most 4 wheel drive vehicles as long as the snow wasn't deep. With good tires MINIs are one of the best snow vehicles on the road.
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I only  really need them to get to work in case it snows, it's pretty flat to/from. My next dilemma is whether to spend $700 on tires and steel wheels, or $400 on just tires and swap them over each season.
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Get the wheels. It is so much better to be able to swap on your schedule and not worry about going in to a tire shop. Plus if you get a stretch of nice weather in late winter, you can swap them off without worrying about a cold snap hitting and being on your summers.
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In the long run, you'll end up paying more to swap tires back and forth twice/year.  You also run the risk of having tires accidentally damaged during the swap, especially the winter tires as their rubber is much softer than the summers'. 
I have an extra set of 16" I'll part with for cheap if you are interested.
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Question, I've ordered a new Countryman, and I want to get a set of snow tires/wheels for it, but I don't want to spend the extra $250 for TPMS. If I left the TPMS sensors off of the snow wheels, all that will happen is I'll get a TPMS light on the dash right? Or will it cause any other problems?


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