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Old 11-27-2012, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Squidget View Post
OEM wheels are a safe bet, though I never thought of them as terribly cheap. My factory wheels are about $250 each, I can get solid aftermarkets for less.

Aftermarkets are hit and miss indeed. Usually you can search around and find enough opinion to make some safe bets. For example, I picked up Rial Salernos as my 17" winters based on comments on this forum, and haven't regretted it.

I would recommend picking up 5 wheels if possible though. Wheels are often a limited run, making it hard to match the set if you crack one.
$250 seems cheap for OEM BMW wheels. Where I looked most were $380 each or more. IIRC two BMW styles are closer to $300 but I didn't like the look of them.

Good point on the extra wheel, though I've never done it not have I damaged a wheel since I was eighteen (24 years ago now). I do have an extra wheel semi-handy at home for my cars without spare wheels - if I get an unfix-able flat the wife can bring one to me or worst case courier/ship it if I am out of town.

Six Euro Deliveries since December 1998 (Owned E46, E90, E91, E92 and E93)

28 vehicles in 26 years of driving so far. Guess I like cars
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