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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 12-19-2010, 03:34 PM
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20 Inch Wheels rough ride?

I am debating a purchase between the 35i premium vs. sports activity. Although i love the look of the 20inch wheels, I wonder how rough the ride will be and if they are usable in the winter with the performance tires. I am getting adaptive drive so that should help the ride.

Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:49 PM
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If you get the 20's you'll need to buy a set on winters. Do a search on this forum for experience of others. Tirerack.com is the source.
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:12 PM
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Ride quality

Prior to purhasing my X5 35d I test drove a sport version with the 20" wheels. After my wife tried it the rough ride could have been the "deal breaker". I had her retest a non-sport version with the 18" wheels and she loved it. The run flats cause the vehicle to run a little rougher. Compound that with 20" wheels shod with low profile tires and the ride is definitely rougher. Astheically, the 20" do look better. Another consideration, we live in Santa Barbara County where the State of California has been derelict in their efforts to repair the major highways which happen to be replete with potholes. The 20" wheels are vulnerable to denting and damage caused by road hazards. It just don't want to deal with those issues. Parking against curbs is also hell on the 20" wheels.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:07 PM
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Yes - ride is rough (just put on 18" winters and the ride is significantly softer)

No - I would not use the summer rubber in the winter. They ride like rocks and there is no grip and this is on pavement w/o snow. In the snow you're in big trouble. Not worth this risk. Just picked up 2 sets of 18" winter wheels for $800 and $1,000.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:31 PM
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Yes - ride is rough (just put on 18" winters and the ride is significantly softer)

No - I would not use the summer rubber in the winter. They ride like rocks and there is no grip and this is on pavement w/o snow. In the snow you're in big trouble. Not worth this risk. Just picked up 2 sets of 18" winter wheels for $800 and $1,000.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:56 PM
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I had stock 18's with RFT for the longest time.
Even though they were only 18's, the RFT made for a somewhat rough ride (in my opinion).
Then I decided that it was time to change up the look of my ride, so I had 22's put on.
I was expecting the ride to feel even worst.
But to my surprise, it wasn't much different than the 18's with RFT!
Weird huh?
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:13 PM
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Some folks on the board have replaced their 20" summer rubber with 20" snows. But this does require you to mount and balance tires 2 x /year (once in Spring, again in Fall), which not only gets expensive, but opens the door for the tech to chew up your rims. In the long run it is ceaper to have a set of snows mounted on dedicated 18" winter rims.

One other issue: the wide tires on the 20's really do tramline like crazy. Not a deal killer for me, but I can see how it would be for some folks.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:19 AM
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I am debating a purchase between the 35i premium vs. sports activity. Although i love the look of the 20inch wheels, I wonder how rough the ride will be and if they are usable in the winter with the performance tires. I am getting adaptive drive so that should help the ride.

Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.
While best looking rims on the sport package, I downgraded to the 19"s. Style works for me, fill out wheel well and are all season tires.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:31 AM
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I just picked my X5 Sport up a couple days ago. I have a 328i Xdrive coupe with M sport. I noticed similar ride with the run flat tires, but I think the 20's are well worth the look. To me the ride isn't bad at all, drives very sporty.

I plan on ditching the RFTs and getting some all season non RFTs, the Continental DWSs fit the 20s. I am also going to get a flat repair kit instead of a spare since I have the third row and don't want take up the room. If you get the all season, you can get away with changing tires out every year, plus they ride better than the RFTs.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:59 AM
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I'm in California, awaiting my X5 with the sports package. I didn't get the spare and am curious how the RFTs will ride. If I don't like them I will probably use them until the tread is gone and switch to an all-season or summer tire and will get a flat repair kit at the same time. I honestly can't remember having to change a tire since I started driving cars with tire pressure monitors. I have have managed to get to a tire shop before it went flat every time.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:29 PM
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While best looking rims on the sport package, I downgraded to the 19"s. Style works for me, fill out wheel well and are all season tires.
Those 19s are not bad and they work in the snow - I think my decision has been made
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:31 PM
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I plan on ditching the RFTs and getting some all season non RFTs, the Continental DWSs fit the 20s.
This is a great idea, if you can find them. I can't wait to change out these RFTs, but it looks like a full set of DWSs for staggered 20s may be on backorder?
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:45 PM
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I have a Sport Activity 35i with the M Sport package which included the staggered 20" tires/wheels. The tires are run-flat Bridgestone HP Sports. The ride is very similar to my 2008 535i with the Sport package which included staggered Dunlop 18"ers. I live in southern Arizona, so winter tires are not an issue or need. Any lower profile tire of any ilk (run-flat or other wise) will give you a firm ride in the seat of your pants. BMW wants it that way.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:50 PM
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I have a 35d M Sport with 20" wheels and can't say the ride is harsh to be honest.

Currently running winter tyres / setup too. In the summer I have some 22" wheels with massive 295/30 fronts and 335/25 Rear tyres. Even that ride isn't harsh with those wheels and tyres on. UK roads aren't great.....
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:07 PM
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I also second that. As I wrote above, I think the 20s are great. I too have never had to change a tire with pressure monitors, and I've had considerable nails ran over in both my previous vehicles for years. I personally like the way the Sport version handles with the 20s. I guess some don't, but if I wanted a vehicle that handled like a pig I wouldn't have bought a BMW.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:28 AM
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If I ever get around to placing an order, I'm getting the SA with 19" tires and spare wheel, and swapping tires out for non-RFT.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:39 PM
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20's

Greets all! I recently put staggered 20's (Michelin Pilots All Seasons) on my 08 X5 replacing the 18 Bridgestone RFLT's. First impressions..very aggressive look, much smoother ride, not as harsh as the RFLT's, zero road noise, and more confidence in driving capability. I recently drove them during our first snow in VA (last week) and had no issues. The tires are expensive but worth every penny! I simply do not understand why BMW issues RNFLT's (that deminish ride quality) with these vehicles as they come with a spare. Also, I added the wheel well extensions for 309 USD via EBAY and the additions took all of 1.5 hours of work. I'm very pleased. I'll post some pics later. Enjoy!
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:02 PM
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these vehicles as they come with a spare.
A spare is now an option on new vehicles, not standard.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:42 AM
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A spare is now an option on new vehicles, not standard.
not if you get a 3rd row.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:05 AM
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I have 20's (214) and have snows on them and finally got to see how they operate in the snow this week. Big thumbs up. So far, no issues. The rubber is expensive, but worth it. Much better look w the 20's.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:00 PM
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I have 20's (214) and have snows on them and finally got to see how they operate in the snow this week. Big thumbs up. So far, no issues. The rubber is expensive, but worth it. Much better look w the 20's.
Better look? Most definitely.

Better protection from potholes? Definitely not. If one suddenly appears in front of you in the zipper lane over the Zakim or on the SE Expressway, you may find yourself wishing for the 18's with their higher sidewalls.
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