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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 05-18-2015, 12:51 PM
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Picked up some style 65's to replace my... style 65's

Just picked up a set of style 65's from craigslist to replace my pretty sad looking 65 replicas. Car is an '03 540i m sport but the previous owner wanted a square setup to be able to rotate so he GAVE the dealer his m pars and paid extra for a set of "M Wheels". Took a couple of pics to compare. The difference is astonishing! The "new" wheels came with a almost new set of blizzaks as the guy I bought them from was using these as winter wheels. They have some scratches here and there but I bought them right. Anybody know anything about the reps I have? They're 17's with e39 hub bore and are stamped "Italy" on the back.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:06 PM
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Hi,

Real wheels are always better than fakes !!

I'm personally not a fan of the style 65's at all, but I know many E39 owners do like them alot! at least you now have the genuine article !

The reps aren't worth much at all, I'd say sell them off for whatever you can get for them and perhaps buy a set of oem 17 inch wheels if you need winters. However, being in Missouri, I don't think you really get snow and cold(er) winters!!

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Old 05-18-2015, 01:32 PM
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I can't say I was ever a fan of the 65's in pictures but in person they have much more depth. I wanted OEM for the quality and weight more than anything. M Pars in e39 hub bore and offset are pretty hard to come by and command a high price when the do come up. As for snow in Missouri, well we certainly can get it here. But I don't really even drive my car if it's going to rain, let alone in the snow. That's what the old truck is for! Paid 400 for the wheels and tires. Hopefully will be able to sell the snow tires and the reps with almost new tires to offset that and then pick up some nice summer tires.
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:26 PM
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The real ones look good! I've always liked the 65s.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:57 PM
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:19 PM
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Kansas City seller. Funny though, when I was looking at buying this car the seller told me it had "m wheels". So, I did a google search for a 540i with m5 wheels, and I specifically remember seeing your sig pic come up. Of course it turned out they were replicas. Now that I have the real deal I can't stop looking at them and the big lip on the back. You just can't see the depth of the wheel design in a picture.
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