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Old 12-08-2011, 02:34 PM
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Question on Snow Tires - '11 328i

New owner of a 2011 328i Sedan. Looking to winterize it as it's not AWD, so my question is regarding snow tires.

My current all seasons are ContiProContact SSR, 225 45 R 17. When I get snow tires, do I need new rims too, or just get snow tires in the same size> (i.e. 225-45-17)

Also, okay to just get two for the rear wheels, or do you really need four to make a difference? Thanks.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:58 PM
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You could get snow tires and use your existing rims; the downside is that everytime you swap tires you risk damaging the rim and the tire... most people (including me) buy a winter tire package from www.tirerack.com ... that way, you avoid the damage, and you can get tires that suit your vehicle and needs... in my case, I got 16" rims (cheaper) and 205 tires (thinner, to cut through the snow)... If you look on the tire sub-forum, there is a Tire Rack representative there (Gary) who will respond to questions you might have...

Finally, you do need 4 snow tires... otherwise, you'll be able to go but not steer, or steer, but not go!
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:02 PM
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...My current all seasons are ContiProContact SSR, 225 45 R 17. When I get snow tires, do I need new rims too, or just get snow tires in the same size> (i.e. 225-45-17)

Also, okay to just get two for the rear wheels, or do you really need four to make a difference? Thanks.
People often get a spare set of wheels to facilitate change-over.

If I were getting tires, I'd either go with the existing size, or getting 205/50R17 (may be cheaper, and more tires will be available), since you can go for less-expensive (and better) non-speed-rated tires.

Absolutely buy a set of 4. You want to be able to turn and brake, don't you?
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:23 PM
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...I'd either go with the existing size, or getting 205/50R17 (may be cheaper, and more tires will be available)...
IIRC, the 335s have to use 17" or bigger because of their brake calipers... but 328s can go as small as 16"... both the rims and tires are cheaper than 17"... I got four rims and tires for just a little over $1K... and could have gone cheaper than that depending on my tire choice...
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:43 PM
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you need 4.
in the long run its cheaper to get a dedicated set of rims.
figure that a runflat mount and balance is 25 per, you're talking 200 per year to swap, add to that wear and damage to the tires and rims.

wheels and sensors add 570 to the cost of winter runflats, you recoup that in 3 years, plus it lets you mount them yourself.
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New owner of a 2011 328i Sedan. Looking to winterize it as it's not AWD, so my question is regarding snow tires.

My current all seasons are ContiProContact SSR, 225 45 R 17. When I get snow tires, do I need new rims too, or just get snow tires in the same size> (i.e. 225-45-17)

Also, okay to just get two for the rear wheels, or do you really need four to make a difference? Thanks.
Are you in millburn, Michigan...heavy snow country? If you are in heavy snow country, four snow tires is quite recommended if not mandatory. Unless you have a local tire dealer with the most up-to-date tire mounting equipment ("touchless" to the wheel), and conscientious tech's, you should consider a set of winter wheels...as recommended in here. You could hold the tire dealer's feet to the fire for any damage and save the cost for a set of new TPMS sensors. How much does your BMW dealer charge for a tire changeover and balance?
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:47 PM
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I got a 4-some wheel-tire package from TireRack for my 2009 335xi base model that has your 17 inch tire size standard. Blizzak LM-25 rides nicely here in the northern suburbs if Pittsburgh, PA on dry and rainy road surface. And they are meant to grip well at low road temps. No doubt they will perform well on snow. I am happy to have these OEM-sized winter tires rather than a minus size like a 205/16, just for the dry driving performance. I suspect you will be happier with your 2011 328 riding OEM winter size. I understand I could not downsize my 335 to 205s and am happier for it. BTW, I roll on RFTs, no regrets.
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In the snow, tires that are "tall" and "narrow" are better.

My car has ZSP but I still went with the base size setup of 16 x 7.0 wheels with 205/55 snow tires. At least in theory, the 16s should be a lot more pothole-resistant than the 17s or 18s.
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You can use optional tire sizing - if you go 10mm less wide should be fine. Smaller is better (more sidewall height), but look funny and as others have said may not clear your calipers if you go to small. You can run square if you want, but they do offer staggered size in winter tires too.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:28 PM
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If I were getting tires, I'd either go with the existing size, or getting 205/50R17 (may be cheaper, and more tires will be available)
When I went looking for a winter set for my 328iT, I was prepared to go with 205/50s but found that the selection was better in 225/45s -- although I was looking only at performance winters. I also looked at 16" sets but ended up going with 17s just because I preferred the wheel choices.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:55 PM
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No pay off for using 17" at all on your rig on your neck of the woods - TireRack can set you up with a nice set of 16's on the cheap and you will be able to swap out your wheels on your own schedule.
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