Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by
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Vehicle: 2010 BMW 335d Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,500
Location: Oakville, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Follow-Up Review: 2,000 miles on tires
Following initial review I can confirm that this tire just does not cut it in deep snow. We had about 8 last night and his morning I could not get my car out of the street. My BMW is RWD and would not move forward, although it had no problems in reverse. Having 4WD would likely help but 16 and narrower PA2's I had on a previous BMW were much better in deep snow. It is a great tire in shallow snow but deep snow - forget it.
Initial Review: 1,500 miles on tires
The dry and wet weather performance of this tire is excellent at low temperatures in fact I would say the car handles better than it does on the OEM Continental Run-Flats. The tires are good in light snow and traction is excellent but when snow gets deeper, although the car never gets stuck,the tires do not feel as if they are gripping that well and you have to be careful not to brake too hard or they will slide. The tread pattern is not an aggressive winter tire patten. I have had no problems so far due to the fact I drive on roads that usually get ploughed soon after a snow fall but if I was diring in deeper snow more often I'd get something with a slightly more agressive winter tread and forego some of the really excellent dry and wet wether performance.