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Old 09-22-2016, 08:14 AM   #1
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Looking for winter tire/wheel options

I only have one set of rims for my 05 325i (17 in style 137) and with winter coming in the next few months (I live in Canada) I will definitely need to invest in winter tires and wheels. I'm thinking of just going with steel wheels, because the salt and dirt here in the winter really gives alloys a beating. What would be a better wheel size? 16 or 17 in? and any tire recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:25 AM   #2
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Looking for winter tire/wheel options

If you plan on keeping the car more than a year you really need to buy a set of steel wheels for the snow tires. Btw, but 4 steel wheels and snow tires! The rule of thumb is to buy rather narrow snow tires. The wheel size-16" vs 17"-doesn't matter much IMHO.

Check www.tirerack.com for tires. That site has a zillion reviews of tires including snows.

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Old 09-22-2016, 09:35 AM   #3
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If the car has the sport package - steel wheels may NOT fit like on my 330i. Not sure how different the 325 and 330i for the sport packages...
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:17 AM   #4
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Get the 16" Style 44s.
They are dirt cheap on Kijiji, and your car won't look like a beater for half a year.

In my experience with BMW steelies, they rust, bend easier, and generally are more common in 17" (more expensive tires)

With winter tires, I've had great luck with Hankooks.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:37 AM   #5
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General Altimax Arctic. They're the exact same tire as the Gislaved Nordforst 3, because both General and Gislaved are owned by Continental. The best winter tire for your money. If you want to spend more, get Blizzaks. I've also had good luck with the Michelin X-Ice.

I currently have Goodyear Ultra Grip winter tires, and the traction is amazing. But they're not very stable at higher speeds, and not good at all in turns.

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Old 09-22-2016, 02:32 PM   #6
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Get the 16" Style 44s.
They are dirt cheap on Kijiji, and your car won't look like a beater for half a year.

In my experience with BMW steelies, they rust, bend easier, and generally are more common in 17" (more expensive tires)

With winter tires, I've had great luck with Hankooks.

Not a huge fan of the 44s. Originally I wanted to grab a set of 68s and run performance tires for the summer on those and put winters on my style 137s, but the fact that you can't rotate tires with the staggered set combined with the fact that the 325 really doesn't have enough power for the staggered set up really makes me think I'll just buy 4 steelies. I'm pretty sure 16s will fit (no performance package sadly) so I will look into it.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:42 PM   #7
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I don't know why you think a set of steelies look better than the stock wheel option for your car, which were 16" wheels.

Like I said, the BMW steelies come in 17" and you'll spend more on tires.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:50 PM   #8
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I don't know why you think a set of steelies look better than the stock wheel option for your car, which were 16" wheels.

Like I said, the BMW steelies come in 17" and you'll spend more on tires.

But I don't have to use BMW steelies. I'm pretty sure any steelies like from tirerack for example will work.
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:15 PM   #9
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I totally agree style 44 sucks, but I'm pretty sure that you can get them used for dirt cheap. I mean as cheap as steelies.
In that case, I would take style 44 over steelies.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:59 PM   #10
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i ran my stock wheels with winter tires (style 71)
and the rest of the year i just got some nicer aftermarket wheels
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:07 AM   #11
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But I don't have to use BMW steelies. I'm pretty sure any steelies like from tirerack for example will work.
To each their own.

I'd much rather have actual BMW wheels, for around $200.
Decent tires with a season or so can be had for about the same price.

A whole winter wheel & tire setup for $400-500, mounted & balanced.
You'll probably spend more than that on steelies alone.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:03 AM   #12
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But I don't have to use BMW steelies. I'm pretty sure any steelies like from tirerack for example will work.

Quick.....BUY THESE / $136 (plus shipping) for ALL 4 !!

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...=Sport+Package

Then install a 205/55-16 Snow Tire on them, here's an inexpensive example / $295 after rebate, then add shipping.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes




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Old 09-23-2016, 07:32 AM   #13
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General Altimax Arctic. They're the exact same tire as the Gislaved Nordforst 3, because both General and Gislaved are owned by Continental. The best winter tire for your money. If you want to spend more, get Blizzaks. I've also had good luck with the Michelin X-Ice.

I currently have Goodyear Ultra Grip winter tires, and the traction is amazing. But they're not very stable at higher speeds, and not good at all in turns.
+1 on the Altimax Artic. I run them on my wife's Subaru Outback. These tires wear well, have good cleat for deep snow and are pretty stable on ice or dry. Pretty much unstoppable.

I'm using Michelin Alpins on my 330i in the winter on some 17" style 73s. They're terrific on wet, icy and dry but not much good when the snow piles up.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:44 AM   #14
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I recommend hakkapeliitta tires, I have a set of studded ones I've been using the for last 3 years. Quiet amazing.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:52 AM   #15
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I recommend hakkapeliitta tires, I have a set of studded ones I've been using the for last 3 years. Quiet amazing.

I thought studded tires were outlawed by NY? Hakkapeliitta tires are amazing, especially in deeper snow. I live in the metro DC area and get by with Bridgestone Blizzaks.
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:36 PM   #16
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I thought studded tires were outlawed by NY? Hakkapeliitta tires are amazing, especially in deeper snow. I live in the metro DC area and get by with Bridgestone Blizzaks.
By law, these tires can be used in New York State only from October 16 through April 30.


No problem, they look awesome, handle great, gives me confidence to drive normally in blizzards and on icey roads.
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:47 AM   #17
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I picked up 4 style 45 16" stock wheels from Craigslist for $200, mounted Continental Wintercontact tires, and bought a floor jack from Harbor freight. Unstoppable in the snow, and I run summer tires the rest of the time. Best of both worlds.
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:55 AM   #18
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Last year I ran 225/45r18 Hakkapeliitta R's and they were amazing in pretty much every condition we had here in Edmonton. My only complaint would be that being a lower profile style tire they did clog up in deep snow pretty quickly, which posed a few problems either starting off or going up steep hill's (especially with ASC on), but that was easily solved by turning it off and feathering the throttle lol.

This year I picked up a set of 17" Style 44's (for $50 off Kijiji!) and a friend sold me his next to new set of Hankook iPike's (W409, also studdable but I probably wont bother) in 215/45 that I'm excited to try out. Should handle better since its closer to factory specs and recommendations for winter tire size for my car.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:09 AM   #19
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By law, these tires can be used in New York State only from October 16 through April 30.





No problem, they look awesome, handle great, gives me confidence to drive normally in blizzards and on icey roads.

Wow! I thought all states outlawed studded tires due to the damage they do to the road!!! Read and learn.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:30 AM   #20
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I think I'm gonna with 16 in steelies and Bridgestone Blizzaks. They seem to be pretty well reviewed on tirerack. I'm not looking to break the bank on winter tire and wheel options...I'd rather save that for the summers.
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