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    Winter tires

    Looking for recommendations for winter tires for my E 46 325Ci.

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    Do you have wheels for the winter tires, or plan to use your current set for winter & summer tires?
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    '02 325xi
    '03 530i
    '06 330ci ZHP
    '13 328i xDrive

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    Was planing on using my current wheels

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    I have a set of four black E46 steel wheels - 7 x 16 ET47 - with old Dunlop Graspic 205/55-16 winter tires. They have 6/32s of tread left, but I'd suggest replacing them due to age (although I used them last winter). You can paint them silver for a more stylish look or use the full wheel covers (I have them, too).

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    They look like these in this eBay auction (not my actual wheels):
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4x-STEEL-RIM-FOR-BMW-E36-E46-Z3-7-0x16-ET-47-LK-5x120-7JX16-9690/312119558005?hash=item48abc67f75:g:Ac8AAOSwSXFa2aH U:rk:2f:0

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    I'd sell the four wheels with tires for $100 (~$75 each new). If you wanted the wheel covers (one is new/never used - ~$30 new) add $75. You could run them as is, add new tires, or paint them silver before purchasing new tires. I'm in Leesburg & work in Purcellville.

    You can see the Tire Rack review/rankings for studless winter tires here:
    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/surve...sp?type=W&VT=C

    1. Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
    2. Michelin X-Ice Xi3
    3. Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
    4. Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c
    5. Dunlop Winter Maxx WM01
    John in VA

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    '85 535i
    '86 535i
    '00 328i
    '02 325xi
    '03 530i
    '06 330ci ZHP
    '13 328i xDrive

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    I currently have 17" wheels on the car. Would 16's fit correctly?

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    I am leaning towards the Bridgestone WS80's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touring525i4dawgs View Post
    I currently have 17" wheels on the car. Would 16's fit correctly?
    Yes, unless you have swapped to some type of big brake upgrade. I've had them on a 2000 328i sedan & 2002 325xi sedan.

    Part 36111095013 - Steel rim schwarz, 7JX16 ET:47 was found on the following E46 vehicles:
    3' E46, 325Ci, Convertible, M54, USA, (BS33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325Ci, Convertible, M54, USA, (BW33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325Ci, Coupe, M54, USA, (BD33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325Ci, Coupe, M54, USA, (BN33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325Ci, Coupe, M56, USA, (BN73) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325Ci, Coupe, M56, USA, (BV13) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Sedan, M54, USA, (AN37) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Sedan, M54, USA, (AV33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Sedan, M56, USA, (AZ33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Sedan, M54, USA, (ET37) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Sedan, M54, USA, (EV33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Touring, M54, USA, (AW33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Touring, M56, USA, (AX13) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325i, Touring, M54, USA, (EN33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325xi, Sedan, M54, USA, (AS33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 325xi, Sedan, M54, USA, (EU33) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 328Ci, Coupe, M52, USA, (BM53) : Steel rim styl.12
    3' E46, 328i, Sedan, M52, USA, (AM53) : Steel rim styl.12

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part...013&series=E46

    From Tire Rack:
    Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
    Size: 205/55R16 91H
    Serv. Desc: 91H
    Special Offer: Buy a set of four and get a $70 Bridgestone Tire Visa Prepaid Card by mail.
    Per Tire: $127.42
    Free Shipping
    Set of 4: $509.68
    Price After Mail-In Rebate: $439.68

    From Costco: $70 off when you buy any Four [4] Bridgestone tires (Valid 10/31/18 - 11/26/18)
    Bridgestone - Blizzak WS80
    Item #: 886260
    Tire Size: 205/55R16
    Load Index: 91
    Speed Rating: H
    Snowflake M+S

    Delivery 5-10 business days (Nov 26, 2018 - Dec 03, 2018)

    Each Tire Regular Price $138.99
    Set of 4 Tires $555.96
    Savings (Set of 4) -$70.00
    Your Price $485.96
    Net Price $121.49
    FREE SHIPPING
    +$15 installation package and disposal fee per tire.
    +$2.99 per tire service-pack for Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Fee is collected at the time your tires are installed. If sensor needs to be replaced there will be an additional fee due at time of installation.
    Last edited by John in VA; 11-17-2018 at 07:20 PM.
    John in VA

    '74 2002tii
    '85 535i
    '86 535i
    '00 328i
    '02 325xi
    '03 530i
    '06 330ci ZHP
    '13 328i xDrive

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    Thanks John, I guess for winter driving going to the 16" will not be a big deal. Also the smaller tire size I can afford a set of wheels so can do seasonal swap. will I notice a big difference in drivability?

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    Handling will definitely degrade with the WS80 (or any winter tire if you are comparing to ultra high performance summer / all-season tires), regardless of diameter. I find the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 handles better than the WS80, albeit it is still a winter tire. I have the Michelins on an E46 wagon with over 30,000 winter miles, and they are still at 8/32. Really good on cold wet pavement, slush, and ice (although you can't defeat the laws of physics). A good tire for the DC area, since you really can't drive through deep snow with a relatively low car.

    If you are a Costco member, check their prices on Bridgestones and Michelins. Michelins right now are $70 off per tire plus 1 cent per tire installation. Bridgestones are $70 off per tire.

    Vic

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    Thanks Jim. Maybe I will see you around town. I have a blue E 46 325Ci.

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