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Brahms 12-26-2012 06:36 PM

Skinny winter tires on a 330xi?
Maybe this isn't the best first post for a newbie, but here goes. Several "winter tire" threads say "Longer, skinnier contact patches are the ticket for winter," or words to that effect. Based on that, then putting my 205/70/15 Pirelli studs (ex-Honda Accord) on OEM BMW steelies doesn't sound like such a bad idea. The tire is a little under 26 inches tall, where the OEM 205/50/17s are something a little over 25. In Georgia, the problem is not snow, but ice. Studs seem to work better than chains in our situation.

No, I don't yet own the car - I'm going to look at it this weekend. No, I'm not going to bore you with "is this a good deal" or anything like that. I am looking for a small AWD car to complement the Excursion and the DRZ (I live on a muddy dirt/gravel road), and a 325xi/330xi is more appealing than a Subaru Legacy.

Observations from the experts?

2003 325i 12-27-2012 12:36 AM

VERY few 16" rims clear the front calipers. No way will your 15" tires be made to work without 86 mm spacers.

Brahms 12-27-2012 09:14 AM

Thanks greatly - exactly the answer I needed, but it leads to a second question. There's a set of 15 inch steelies for a '99 323(?) on Atlanta craigslist. Did the later E46s (in particular the xi) ever come with steel wheels? Steelies are much easier to mount tires on. . .

Rudy@Tirerack 12-27-2012 11:14 AM

Steelies were only OE on older 323i models.

Brahms 12-27-2012 12:23 PM

Very good, and many thanks. I guess I'll be talking to you, Gary, if I end up with this 330xi. I knew there were some truly smart people on this forum!

VMRWheels 12-27-2012 03:59 PM


Originally Posted by Gary@Tirerack (Post 15010344)
Steelies were only OE on older 323i models.


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