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Old 10-02-2012, 03:02 PM
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Getting winters for my E90 328xi. Stock 16" rims: reuse, repair or replace?

I want to get winter tires for my '08 328xi sedan. (I am looking at the Blizzak LM-25 RFTs, but am open to alternate recommendations.) It still has the stock 16" wheels, all four of which are dented (unavoidable here in the NYC area... roads are basically unmaintained). That said, I don't think they're in too bad a shape, as I don't notice any extra vibration when driving, and the car continues perfectly straight if I let go of the wheel. (Thoughts on this?)

So, these are what my options are looking like so far:

1) Keep the dented 16"ers as a winter set. The lowest quote I could find in my area to unmount and dispose of the old tires, and mount and balance the new ones, is $184.

2) Keep the 16"ers as a winter set, but have them fixed first. However, they're quoting me at least $150 per wheel to fix! Plus the $184 to change the tires.

3) Forget the old wheels and buy a tire+wheel combo from These come premounted "at no charge," so presumably I could then just change them myself, possibly paying someone to move the TPMS sensors if necessary... right?

I'm rather confused at this point because it actually looks like buying new wheels is the cheapest/easiest option! Unfortunately, I don't know the first thing about choosing wheels, especially ones for winter use. But, I did notice that every single 16" wheel that suggests for my car is less than $150 which would be the minimum cost to repair my old ones. A couple are less than $100. So unless I'm missing something, it makes absolutely zero sense to repair, as just getting new wheels is much cheaper. Am I wrong about this?

The only problem is that I have no clue how to evaluate the suitability of these wheels. (It shows me Borbet, Kosei, moda, Rial and Sport Edition wheels... no idea about any of these: ). Also, I thought there was no reason whatsoever to go bigger than 16" for the winter set... is that correct?

Lastly there's the first option of just having the new tires mounted on the old wheels as they are, without fixing them. This makes sense on the surface since any new wheels will be dented themselves pretty much immediately, because NYC. However, it still costs $184 to do this, so I'm not sure. Are there any obvious problems with using already-dented rims? Are they likely to last at least as long as the winter tires themselves? The worst possible scenario would be if I went this route and then had to replace the wheels prematurely, resulting in paying for mounting twice AND a new set of wheels anyway.

Many thanks if you read this far! Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can share.

Last edited by StabPreflop; 10-02-2012 at 03:02 PM. Reason: spelling
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