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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-09-2006, 10:21 PM
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2000 BMW 528i tires - what si the correct size?

These might be silly questions but I need to set my mind at ease.

I bought a used 528i, it came with 16inch factory wheels. When looking up on the internet I put in the model number and year and it gave me that it comes with 17 inch tires for this model. Is that correct?

Also, do I asked a local tire dealer about getting tires that had a slightly lower profile and was told not to because of the scensors and traction control. Is this true?

Any advize would be appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:09 PM
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i hae 99 528i sport and came with 17" wheels, tires 235/45/17 ( this is the proper size for 17" wheels). good luck
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Old 05-10-2006, 06:32 AM
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for 16 inch wheels size is 225/55/16

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These might be silly questions but I need to set my mind at ease.

I bought a used 528i, it came with 16inch factory wheels. When looking up on the internet I put in the model number and year and it gave me that it comes with 17 inch tires for this model. Is that correct?

Also, do I asked a local tire dealer about getting tires that had a slightly lower profile and was told not to because of the scensors and traction control. Is this true?

Any advize would be appreciated.
That is size for wheel that comes with premium package , non sport. I have same car
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Old 05-10-2006, 06:37 AM
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you can put on sport package wheels

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These might be silly questions but I need to set my mind at ease.

I bought a used 528i, it came with 16inch factory wheels. When looking up on the internet I put in the model number and year and it gave me that it comes with 17 inch tires for this model. Is that correct?

Also, do I asked a local tire dealer about getting tires that had a slightly lower profile and was told not to because of the scensors and traction control. Is this true?

Any advize would be appreciated.
which are 17 inch with proper tire size for them. No issue with traction control or sensors AS long as your replace all four wheels.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:32 AM
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These might be silly questions but I need to set my mind at ease.

I bought a used 528i, it came with 16inch factory wheels. When looking up on the internet I put in the model number and year and it gave me that it comes with 17 inch tires for this model. Is that correct?

Also, do I asked a local tire dealer about getting tires that had a slightly lower profile and was told not to because of the scensors and traction control. Is this true?

Any advize would be appreciated.
Have you checked the driver side door jam? The sticker list the wheel/tire size + recommended air pressures.

Hope this helps...JL
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:36 AM
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Please educate me, I have 98 528 5spd

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That is size for wheel that comes with premium package , non sport. I have same car
and 17" rims.

What is sport vs non-sport package?

I am the 4th owner and do not even know what package I have!!!! All I know is the car drives wonderful!
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:35 PM
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sport package has firmer springs/shocks low

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and 17" rims.

What is sport vs non-sport package?

I am the 4th owner and do not even know what package I have!!!! All I know is the car drives wonderful!
profile tires , standard non-sport has reguilar shocks. springs 16 inch
wheels, On Model year 2000 528, if it was originally sport package, the body side moldings will be black, with no chrome trim..
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Old 05-10-2006, 04:13 PM
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If you want to run on 16"s you need 225 / 55 / 16

If you want to run on 17"s you need 235 / 45 / 17
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:33 PM
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Thanks!!!!

Thanks all for your suggestions
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Old 12-25-2006, 10:26 PM
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Good tire pick for 528 sport package????

Hey everyone... I've got a 528 with the 235/45/17 tires and I need to replace the Conti's that I currently have. I've been doing my homework on the different tires available... considering I'm a "spirited" driver, I think I've got it narrowed down to either

1. Dunlop SP Sport Maxx,
2. Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3,
3. Michelin Pilot Sport PS2,
4. Pirelli PZero Nero,
5. BFGoodrich g-Force Sport,

I live in So Cal... any suggestions on which would be a good fit for me would be appreciated.
What's important to me...

1. handling,
2. low noise,
3. Tread life

in that order...

Thanks in advance...
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:08 AM
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Need your advice

Hi everybody,

i am a first time owner of a bmw car. I wanted one before but cant afford it. anyway i just bought a 2000 bmw 528i recently and i wanted to change the tires. someone suggested this one:

front: 245/40 zr 18 93w
rear: 265/35 zr 18 93w

wheels:
front: 18x8.5
Rear: 18x9.5

are these reasonable? i wanted to have a low profile look of my car. and are 19" rims reasonable also?
any brands can you suggests for both tires and rims/wheels?

Thanks in advance guys. need your help
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:58 PM
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Congrats and welcome...

Don't apologize for not being able to get one until now. The point is you did and you got a good one!

Tires are subjective depending on where you live, the weather where you are and the roads you drive on.

Personally, I like the Bridgestone Potenza series. I have them on my 5 series. Michelin's are very good, but some reviewers have objected to the noise and the ride.

You'll have to do your homework and match what you're looking for vs. the money in your pocket. Try Tirerack.com for the research.

I can't speak for everyone, but I think the majority of BMW drivers will tell you they are not a fan of Dunlops. Just FYI.

Again congrats!!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:16 PM
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thanks.
when i bought the car, it has dunlop tires and 18" wheels, i dont like the dunlop because of the noise and i also would really like to change the rims because it really doesnt look good on the car, i dont know what the previous owner was thinking but i guess to each his own. there are a lot of choices in tirerack.com but the ones i like are a little bit pricey, i guess you just have to pay the price to get what you want. anyways, i am still looking and if you have additional advice that would really be helpful.
thanks again.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:57 AM
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As far as the rim size, that's a personal choice. There are two schools of thought in the forums: 19's look awesome, but you sacrifice ride comfort. Some people don't mind and others hate it.

The general consensus however, is that you can't go wrong with 18's. Again that's a personal choice. As long as you like what you paid for, (18s or 19s) ultimately that's all that matters.

As for tires, you're going to spend some money for tires on a BMW. You don't want to go cheap there, but the keyword is cost effective. Just because the tire is expensive or have a bitch'n looking tread, doesn't mean it's a great tire. As for low price, well, you get what you pay for.


Shop around, post questions here and you'll get amble - and more often than not, very sound advice.

And agreed, Dunlops or Dun-flops are awful on this vehicle.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:59 AM
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Almost forgot, be sure to find a good Indie shop to take your car to. I think there's a thread that talks about the ratings for different dealers, but for Indie's, just post a question - I'm sure someone has already visited them.

If you're in So Cal, particularly in or around LA County, there are a few that are pretty good and highly recommended.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:20 AM
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I know this is an old post but I was just sitting here pondering the same question. On no search do 16" come up as a choice but I also have factory 16" wheels. I guess we are OK with that?????
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:49 AM
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Rim size doesn't matter as long as overall tire circumference is with in 3% of each other , front to rear , left to right. One of my e39s 528i is running stock 15" 225/60/15 and the other which is the car in my signature pic is running 18" with 275/35/18 on rears and 245/40/18 on fronts. Once in awhile my asc light will flash but this was due to the tire shop not having the right tire size for the fronts to match the rears and was in a jam so I had them mount what they had to get me by till the right size tires showed up to match the rears circumference which will take care of the traction control system from activating unnecessarily.
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I know this is an old post but I was just sitting here pondering the same question. On no search do 16" come up as a choice but I also have factory 16" wheels. I guess we are OK with that?????
Look at the chart on your driver's door jamb...and there's also a page in your owners manual.

There's also the part database (like realoem.com) where you can pull up the WHEELS diagram and part nbr index to see all the wheels that were offered for the e39. If you type in the last 7 digits of your VIN...then it will only show the wheels that fit your e39.

And there's also the BMW wheel sites that show the available BMW wheels: http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/


(this is the chart that was on my 99 540iT...it had the BMW recommended tire sizes)


(and this is the page from the owners manual that also had recommended tire sizes)


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