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Old 06-27-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Choosing 330xi wheels from Tirerack

I would like to spend about 1-1.2k for wheels and tires for my e46 from TireRack.

I prefer OEM wheels, but I fear they aren't within my budget. The wheels that are on the car now are terrible gaudy looking 18" chrome things.

Do you guys have any recommendations for an OEM looking aftermarket wheel that is decent performance.

Also I found this site for refinished(?) OEM wheels:

I think I want 17", should I want 18"?

Any help, input or advice on tires or wheels is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-27-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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I think 18s or 19s are the best for the E46. Going with an 18" or 19" wheel will help fill the wells a bit more and refresh the look of the car. What you need and want are completely dependent on you situation though. I always recommend 18s for customers that live in areas with poorly kept roads. Maybe 17s are what you need if your 18s aren't holding up too well. The choice is yours!
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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The roads aren't great here, but I think you are right, the 18's do look great. Now just still so many choices, I like the look of the style 162 and Style 44, but it seems to be hard to find that look on aftermarket as everyone wants lighter wheels.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Anyone else to chime in? -- Should I just go with OEM wheels and a local tire shop?
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Many prefer 18" for a good balance of handling, appearance and ride comfort, but if you'd like to have a softer ride and better price points a 17" setup is worth considering.

We have many options that will work well within that price range. Have you found any styles that you like at our wheel search feature here : Wheels http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=BN4&...eels/index.jsp .
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