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latifk 09-15-2012 01:35 AM

Winter tires advice please!!
I have 328 xdrive 2009 and am looking for a set of winter tires. It's my first BMW and need advice. Dealership sells them for 3200 approx plus tax. So I am looking for used. Kijiji has a few listed. I don't want run flats. Currently I have 205/55R/16 summer tires (run flats-sadly). What should I look for when buying/checking tires for my car?
Will 335 i 2007 tires with 205 / 50 R17 and bolt pattern 5x120 fit my car? OR
Will 2002 325 xdrive tires with 205/50/17 225/50/17 E46 E90 E61 fit?
Will other models wheels like 5 series or M3 fit?
Anyone can recommend non-dealership used tire seller.

Bimmer Heaven 09-15-2012 01:42 AM

We have used rim/tire sets available most of the time, sometimes almost brand new! Call for more info! *th-up*

crxgsr 09-17-2012 10:07 AM

check private messages.

//Mik3 09-17-2012 11:56 AM

Just find out what wheels off which models fit your car. Find a set of rims and then buy winter tires for them and if you want to save even more find used winters. what a F'N joke $3200

crxgsr 09-17-2012 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by //Mik3 (Post 1582574)
what a F'N joke $3200

but that's like saying you can buy a new BMW 328i for $43,600 or you can get a used BMW 328i for $24000.

Yet, people still buy them.*th-up*

//Mik3 09-17-2012 12:38 PM

I see your argument vs used. But let's talk new. You have to be a Morron to spend that much on dealer trash options. For $3200 I can get him BRAND NEW bbs lm rep rims in 19 AND BRAND NEW BLIZZAKS. Yes brand new.

Anyone that buys from a dealer is just an idiot.

MrRWD 09-17-2012 04:48 PM

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Dealer is probably quoting you RunFlat snows, BMW Rims, and Pressure Sensors... but still.

From Tirerack....

17" Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT Run Flat, OE Vehicle Use
Mounted on 17" Alum. Rims-New, Shipping To Toornto, with Taxes, Duty(Everything) is only $1998.00

Using 17" Dunlop Snows (NO RFT) and new 17" Alum. Rims, is only $1600 (Everything in). I don't run run-flats in the winter.

You don't need the time sensors for the winter. I never run them.

Shop around...

latifk 09-17-2012 05:38 PM

Tirerack is talking about TPMS tire pressure monitoring system. IS this worth getting for snow tires?

crxgsr 09-17-2012 05:43 PM

CANADA model BMWs do not use TPMS. it's FTM (flat tire monitor), piggy-backs off the ABS sensor.

//Mik3 09-17-2012 05:48 PM

Tpms is for idiots. It's like a light telling you your headlights are off driving at nighttime . Are you that dumb? Check your pressures. If your car pulls or makes any noise gtfo of your car and look at them.

latifk 09-17-2012 05:50 PM


latifk 09-17-2012 05:56 PM

Was able to find a few packages.
Current wheels are 205/55/16R. I want to go with 17 inch winter tires
For 17 inch wheels: A few tire shops have recommended 225/45/17R. Others say 225/45/17. Which one would be recommended for my model.

MrRWD 09-17-2012 07:31 PM

16" rims on a E90/E92 is just too small from a look perspective.

I found that even 18" on these cars look small. I changed mine up to 19's and it looks amazing. Fills up the wheel gaps. 18" looks nice on a E46.

I'd personally put snows on the 16" factor rims. Keep with the 205 width tire size for the snows... they will really dig into snow if needed. Better tranction than 17/225's... Think Ice Skates vs snow shoes. You want tranction...

I'd order new rims and 17/18" summer tires...

There's no point in going 17" Snows.. you want thin snows!!!!
Stance is not everything in the winter. :)

Blackedout95 09-17-2012 09:06 PM

You have an X so honestly you dont need pure winters unless you of course are using strictly summers any ways. I have run the michelin wet/dry all year for years on my X and love em.

Best bet is call Phil at Eurostyle above, wont beat his prices I bet.

HaMmErHeAd 09-17-2012 11:12 PM

My suggestion is:

Keep your current 16” rims and look for a set of new/used 205/55/16 winter tires.

When spring time rolls around sell your 205/55/16 summer tires and purchase a set of new/used 18” or 19” rims along with summer tires. Actually you can start looking at your summer set during the winter season, I am sure you can get a better price during the off season.

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