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Old 10-17-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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Wink What to do for winter???? 17" or 16"???

Please help!! I have a 2004 323i, and it comes with 17" rims and tires. In this summer, i got a set of 17" rims as a birthday present. Should I use 17" for winter? My friends suggested i should buy 16" becuase it will do better in the snow. Is it true?

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Old 10-17-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
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if you have both 16s and 17s, use the 16s for winter and keep your 17s for summer use. you'll run a narrower tire with the 16s in the snow, which will give you better handling. AND you won't have to mount and dismount tires from your rims. you'll have a set ready to go every spring and fall.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:33 PM   #3
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They didnt make 323s in 2004
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:02 AM   #4
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I don't have both 16 and 17. I have the original 17 wheels, and my friend gave me a set of 17 rims, to replace my original one, but I don't really like the look so I think i may use it for winters. I am thinking, I can either buy 17" winter tires, or I can sell the 17 rims and buy 16 set of winters. How different is the handling?

P.S. sorry it's typo, I have a 325i.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:39 PM   #5
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How different is the handling?
your 16" tires have a thicker side wall than your 17", and may be thinner as well, which will give you more traction on the snow. I used 16" and 17" on my car before so I can tell the difference.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:04 AM   #6
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you'll do just fine with the 17s. you can buy a cheap set and save on buying a set of rims if you went with the 16s.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:23 PM   #7
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Go with 16's, buy BMW OEM steel wheels keeps the snow from piling up inside the wheel. For tires you will cusion in the winter go with 205/55/16 tires, that should do the trick. This will work if your car is 325, if it is a 330 then 17's will be required.

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Old 10-23-2007, 01:28 PM   #8
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There is a bit of a jump in tire prices from 16'' to 17''.

I'd sell the 17s, look for some 16'' rims and pickup a nice set of winter tires.
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:11 PM   #9
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park yuor car and get a good beater...
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:10 PM   #10
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OK from my research and some of your suggestion, I think I'll sell my 17s. I'll post it here later when I have time.

But my next question is, what winter tire is good for my car? I searched around the forum, lot of opinions, but anyone has same car and 16s and like the winters they have? I don't know how much I should spend on this, may be depends how much I can get for my 17s.
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OK from my research and some of your suggestion, I think I'll sell my 17s. I'll post it here later when I have time.

But my next question is, what winter tire is good for my car? I searched around the forum, lot of opinions, but anyone has same car and 16s and like the winters they have? I don't know how much I should spend on this, may be depends how much I can get for my 17s.
What do ur 17s look like, maybe we can do a treade.. I have some 16 inch stockies.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:48 AM   #12
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They are 5 spokes, silver.... I'll post it at the for sale section today may be. Are you selling your 16 rims only? I want to buy brand new tires for winters. Thanks
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:28 PM   #13
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I've posted the 17" rims at the for sale section.... still open to opinion, in case I cannot sell my 17", I would love to know what winter tires is good for me. I do lot of local driving...
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I've posted the 17" rims at the for sale section.... still open to opinion, in case I cannot sell my 17", I would love to know what winter tires is good for me. I do lot of local driving...
check out the other post on the same forum:

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some nice discussions about winter tires there.
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