View Full Version : Easy wheel question....

11-28-2004, 06:06 PM
I'm a newb to BMWs...so please don't hurt me...I did my search as well....

I just wanna know if a 1999 323i can take some 15" steelies from a 1991 318". I know the steelies are 5x120, but I'm not sure of the offset...maybe I should be asking this in the E36 forum. The stock wheels on the E46 are 205/55/16.

THe reason why I ask is because I have some 15" winter tires and I need some 15" steelies to mount them...still looking for them...


11-29-2004, 10:49 AM
Yes, the E46 323i can use 15" wheels from an E36.

11-30-2004, 07:54 AM
Something is not right in your description.

A 1991 318 is not a E36 but a E30.
E30= 4X100
E36,E46= 5X120

So, if it comes from a 1991 318, it won't bolt on.
If it comes from a E36 but is 15", you should check for brake caliper clearance. I'm not sure on this, but I think all E46 come with a minimum wheel size of 16"

11-30-2004, 08:42 AM
True, although I have seen really early production, 1991, E36.

15's will fit on E46 320i and 323i.

12-01-2004, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the info. I really know nothing about bimmers, it's for the girlfriend's car. I'm a Toyota/Honda driver actually. As you can see, I don't really know the codes of the cars.

Well, I found some alloy rims from a friend, they're from a 1993 318is. I've heard of people putting on 15's on their E46's so it should be ok.

The rims look like these, they should fit eh?

12-04-2004, 08:57 AM
The steelies on my 1999 323i are 15 inchers from an E36, and it worked great. Brake caliper clearance is tight but fine. Not sure about the bottlecap alloys you pictured there, but my guess is they would work.


12-04-2004, 12:58 PM