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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:00 PM
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Wheel Compatibility '04 325Ci

I'm looking at getting a new set of wheels and tires for my 325Ci. First off, are there any suggestions? Feel free to post pictures of the wheels on your car. I'm considering black. My car is silver and I'm gonna add black tint and possibly blackout the taillights. Also, as long as I stick with the same bolt pattern, will most wheels be compatible with my car? I really like the M wheels, but I'm not sure if they will fit my car.

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:42 AM
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Please step away from your car immediately! Get an OE type wheel in silver or the OE grey finish and leave it alone. It does not want blacked out tail lights and blacked out wheels, these type mods are for Civics, Kias, and Sentras. If you must mess with the tail lights get a set of red/clear/red tails, and clear front side markers and blinker housings. It will look so MUCH BETTER that way. Here is what I would do if I were you.....Notice the R/C/R tails and sides, the classy tint job, and the VMR wheels. THIS is how to mod a Bimmer!

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:50 AM
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Style is personal choice, so I'll leave you to that part on your own. What fits? That information is in the WIKI along with a member created database of what we're running. You won't find that anywhere else!
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:58 AM
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Smolck is of course right about everything. I would not do too much that is irreversible. My car is blacked out completely now and it looks good. However I used plasti dip on trim/ wheels and looks fine. When I get my led tails all the pd will be comming off. Everything on your car should be what YOU like, I am going to suggest m68 wheels because I care Bout performance way more than looks. That said the m68 wheels look very aggressive and if your car is/ will be mildly lowered by springs they won't look small. If I didn't care about performance I'd be getting m6 wheels. Our gap is 120 but you can buy slavers at many places on the web to fit almost any kind of wheel. You need to make sure they won't rub in the fender well area though.

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:22 AM
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Smolck is of course right about everything.
Not at all. I think JVR826 is 100% correct. Style is a personal choice. In the end, if the OP wants to black out his car, more power to him. I don't care, I don't have to look at it. But I was giving my personal opinion and the OP asked for suggestions. He got one from me (with a pic).

What he ultimately does is his decision and I am ok with that.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:27 AM
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I will post some pictures of the wheels I'm considering in a while. Thanks for the opinions!!
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Not at all. I think JVR826 is 100% correct. Style is a personal choice. In the end, if the OP wants to black out his car, more power to him. I don't care, I don't have to look at it. But I was giving my personal opinion and the OP asked for suggestions. He got one from me (with a pic).

What he ultimately does is his decision and I am ok with that.
I was just returning that **** you gave me for doing my wheels. but you are right for the most part stock is the best look. I just didn't like the conflict on my car.

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I'm looking at getting a new set of wheels and tires for my 325Ci. First off, are there any suggestions? Feel free to post pictures of the wheels on your car. I'm considering black. My car is silver and I'm gonna add black tint and possibly blackout the taillights. Also, as long as I stick with the same bolt pattern, will most wheels be compatible with my car? I really like the M wheels, but I'm not sure if they will fit my car.

Thanks!

The short answer is no. Just as impotant as bolt pattern is "wheel offset". Too much or too little will have your tires rubbing somewhere.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...Ftire_fitments

As previously suggested, here's a handy chart for what several forum members are already running. Additionally, tirerack.com is very useful for looking at different wheels and seeing what will fit.

As far as color, I think black wheels work on white cars, but that's strictly a personal opinion.
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