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Old 05-05-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Smallest Tire Size for 325i

2001 325i. Can I use 15" tires for winter?
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/pts/3773889895.html

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Pretty sure on the 325 yes you can use 15". If picking up the wheels just ask if you can take one of your fronts off to test fit. If front clears than rears will be fine.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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15s that fit an E46 325 are hard to find. The tires in that craigslist add are too large in diameter by more than an inch. The 5 series wheels are the wrong offset by 25 to 30mm.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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Might these fit? Do you guys think this is a good deal? Thanks.
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/pts/3769544452.html
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:42 AM   #5
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Might these fit? Do you guys think this is a good deal? Thanks.
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/pts/3769544452.html
The hub (flange?) sizes are different. E46 (Our Cars) and E39 (2000 5 series) differ, and I also believe that teh offsets are odd.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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You need to refine your search to BMW E46 15 INCH WHEELS. You can insert OEM if you want to remove the aftermarket results.

Before you do that, look on the driver-side door jamb for the sticker that lists the tire inflation chart. The tire sizes will be indicated. You should have no trouble with 15s if they are listed on the chart.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:33 PM   #7
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Just asking, what's the difference between winter and normal wheels? From what I observed, winter wheels are just crappy wheels that you use so that the road salt doesn't mess up the finish on your normal wheels.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #8
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Just asking, what's the difference between winter and normal wheels? From what I observed, winter wheels are just crappy wheels that you use so that the road salt doesn't mess up the finish on your normal wheels.
Don't worry about it, you live in Georgia. But you are wrong.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:56 PM   #9
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Buying used tires off of Craigslist. First thing you want to know is year of Manufacture. Tires that are 6 years old I would not think of buying. They have expired in useful life, like a container of milk with an expiration date of last week. Tires that are 4 years old are aged, and for safety reasons, have about 2 years left on them--so you should get a steep discount. You should consider how many miles you are doing a year vs price, vs Manufacture Date. Do not get misled by how many miles they were driven, or how much tread is left on them. That is important only if they are young tires. Again, tires over 5 years or 6, have little to no value---the rubber is drying out and will greatly increase your chance of a blow-out on the highway---something I do not want at 60 mph.
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