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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-10-2006, 12:21 PM
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Hi everyone
i am a newbie on this site , and also a new owner of 2005 530i with sports package,
i love it . but my only concern is the sports package tires , can the experts say PROS and CONS of buying a 5 series with sports package , is it a plus when u wanna sell or trade in ur car or does it make ur card hard to sell?
and after a i bought this after falling for beautiful wheels and low profile tires , now i came to know that its dangerous to drive this car in winter , so wut u experts hv to say about it ?
any comments wud be verry appreciated,
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by sak
Hi everyone
i am a newbie on this site , and also a new owner of 2005 530i with sports package,
i love it . but my only concern is the sports package tires , can the experts say PROS and CONS of buying a 5 series with sports package , is it a plus when u wanna sell or trade in ur car or does it make ur card hard to sell?
and after a i bought this after falling for beautiful wheels and low profile tires , now i came to know that its dangerous to drive this car in winter , so wut u experts hv to say about it ?
any comments wud be verry appreciated,
best regards
Sak
I would suggest a new set of wheels and snow tires for winter driving.........
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:40 PM
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A little confused - the title of your thread is 550i, but you say you have a 530i. Not sure if one is a typo?

Either way, if you live in snow country (as I do) you will want/need a separate set of 4 snow tires (like Bridgestone Blizzaks). Ideally these will be mounted on smaller diameter wheels (e.g. 18 inch). with a higher aspect ratio than your stock tires. That way you can swap the wheel/tire combos over yourself. Takes about 30 minutes, but you save the inconvenience of the trip to the shop, plus the cost of mounting and balancing.

However, if you are in Maryland, you might make do with a separate set of all season tires (like Pirelli Nero M&S), which you could swap onto your stock rims every November, and replace with your stock "summer" tires every April. Note that the low aspect run flats on your sport wheels are VERY difficult to mount and dismount - if you want to avoid damage to your expensive OEM wheels, you will want the tires mounted by the dealer (or by a very, very good indy shop).
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Old 05-11-2006, 08:01 AM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the Sports package gets some extra traction control widgets and stability control electroncis over a non-sport BMW. These alone, with decent tires, can make snow managment much easier. However, throw on dedicated snow tires (Blizzaks are the schlitz I've heard) with or without the Sports package and you should be doing just fine.
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:42 AM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the Sports package gets some extra traction control widgets and stability control electroncis over a non-sport BMW. These alone, with decent tires, can make snow managment much easier. However, throw on dedicated snow tires (Blizzaks are the schlitz I've heard) with or without the Sports package and you should be doing just fine.
Non-sport and sport package cars have the same traction and stability programs. Sport package cars do have the active roll stabilization however.....

In any case, the main concern with the sport package BMW's is the low profile run-flat summer tires and sport suspension- the tires, rims, and suspension components are much more susceptible to damage from potholes, and the alignment is more easily thrown off kilter.

Also, you don't want to run summer tires in weather below 45 degrees. The rubber is extremely hard and the traction in snow will be practically non-existent.

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