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X6 E71 / E72 (2008 - 2014)
The BMW X6 luxury crossover went on sale in April 2008 as a 2009 model year. BMW referes to the X6 as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) as it combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, xDrive and all-weather ability) with the stance, styling and roof line shape of a coupe. The E71 X6 was built off the E70 X5 (2007 - 2013) platform at BMW's Spartanburg, SC plant. Total worldwide sales were just over 235,000, sold mostly to the BRIC countries. US total sales was 34,082 vehicles.

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Old 11-10-2009, 04:05 PM
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X6 Wheel Width!

I am wondering if the rear wheels (or front for that matter) can fit through the automatic car wash rails. They're freaking huge, and it's a concern. I normally wash all the cars, but sometimes a quick drive-thru wash is really handy. I think I read something about the wheels being too fat, but I can't find that thread. Anyone have any experiences or knowledge with this?
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:05 PM
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Not sure about width.

From what I have seen, the low profiles tires are the issue with car washes. When the tires rub against the car wash guide rails, the rims get scratched.

Avoid car washes at all cost. Scratched paint, wheels, swirl marks, etc. are inevitable.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:12 PM
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I have thought about this problem as well! I would like to order an X6 next spring/summer and would use it as a DD ... I have no idea if they'll fit. I'm not a fan of car washes AT ALL, but I would like to have the option.

Anyway, to answer your question, the fronts are 20"x10" with 275's and the rears are 20"x11" with 315's!
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I was behind a Porsche GT3 in an automated car wash last year. It fit fine. Now why he was using an automated car wash is beyond me.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:21 PM
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I was behind a Porsche GT3 in an automated car wash last year. It fit fine. Now why he was using an automated car wash is beyond me.
good to know! The current (997.2) GT3's wheel specs are: 19"x8.5 with 235's (front) and 19"x12" with 305's (rear).
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:51 AM
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19 & 20's Fit Fine

I have both the 19's and staggered 20's and they both fit fine. I am VERY careful and always roll down the window and stick my head out when guiding it thru. The first week I put the 20's on I trusted an attendant to guide me in and scratched the wheel. Also I have the factory run flats and they stick out past the rim far enough that they do not allow the rim to hit the guides.
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I have both the 19's and staggered 20's and they both fit fine. I am VERY careful and always roll down the window and stick my head out when guiding it thru. The first week I put the 20's on I trusted an attendant to guide me in and scratched the wheel. Also I have the factory run flats and they stick out past the rim far enough that they do not allow the rim to hit the guides.
You are kidding yourself if you believe the tires protect the wheel. If that were the case no one would ever get curb rash.

The reason the wheels get damaged is the tire is pressed into the guide causing the rim to make contact. Cars seldom go through a car wash straight and stay staight. You can run the same car thrugh a car wash 10 times and it may it may not get wheel damage.
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Thanks for the responses. If a GT3 can do it, the x6 can. I don't like automatic car washes either, but if I'm not there to wash the x6 (say when I go away to college), then my mom will have to make due. Such a terrible life :P
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Not sure about width.

From what I have seen, the low profiles tires are the issue with car washes. When the tires rub against the car wash guide rails, the rims get scratched.

Avoid car washes at all cost. Scratched paint, wheels, swirl marks, etc. are inevitable.
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You are kidding yourself if you believe the tires protect the wheel. If that were the case no one would ever get curb rash.

The reason the wheels get damaged is the tire is pressed into the guide causing the rim to make contact. Cars seldom go through a car wash straight and stay staight. You can run the same car thrugh a car wash 10 times and it may it may not get wheel damage.
I can only speak from my own experience......I have had the 20's on since March and run the car thru the car wash at least twice a week, sometimes more. Absolutely zero rash on the wheels. I believe the one time that I did have a problem was due to the angle the attendant guided me in at. It is my belief if your careful you will be just fine.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:41 PM
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If a GT3 can do it, the x6 can.
I would still be careful, just in case. If the GT3 tire width is 305 as mentioned above, it is narrower than the X6 20" tires which are 315's. Wheels with low profile tires are very susceptible to damage from the rails of a drive-thru wash, with more potential for problems with wider wheels and tires. If you do make it through without any damage, please let us know. It may have more to do with the angle/alignment than anything else.
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I would still be careful, just in case. If the GT3 tire width is 305 as mentioned above, it is narrower than the X6 20" tires which are 315's. Wheels with low profile tires are very susceptible to damage from the rails of a drive-thru wash, with more potential for problems with wider wheels and tires. If you do make it through without any damage, please let us know. It may have more to do with the angle/alignment than anything else.
That's good to know. I totally forgot about the back tires being wider than a GT3's ... which sounds ludicrous as it is. In any case, I'll go ask my favorite local drive-through wash place (where I go when I'm feeling lazy) and see.
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I suppose that's a good alternative if you have tons of time.
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I suppose that's a good alternative if you have tons of time.
I think it's the only alternative if you have low-profile tires and big wheels. My last two cars (E93 and 350Z Roadster) had low-profile tires and I hand-washed in the summer, and did the drive-in spray it yourself washes in the winter. A bit of a pain in the winter, but essential to avoid rashing the rims. The 19 inchers on my X6 are fine through the rollover wash, and there isn't a good touchless drive-thru wash I've found in my area that I'd use.
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You are kidding yourself if you believe the tires protect the wheel. If that were the case no one would ever get curb rash.

The reason the wheels get damaged is the tire is pressed into the guide causing the rim to make contact. Cars seldom go through a car wash straight and stay staight. You can run the same car thrugh a car wash 10 times and it may it may not get wheel damage.
These days they make tires with rim protection....
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Agree with above, I have scratched up my left rear tires on the car wash rails. Now I only go through touchless car washes.
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