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Old 02-23-2013, 11:28 PM
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Should I bother replacing my (16in.) rims? [2010 328i]

As much as we all love the sports package, I unfortunately never got it for my 328, and thus it has OEM 16 inch wheels. I don't see many of these, but the ones I have are 16 inch and look like this:
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I've been replacing things recently (new kidneys come on Monday) and I'm thinking about changing the rims. So purely an opinion based question, do you think, based on my current rims, that it's worth it to upgrade? I never see the wheels that I have and therefore don't know how the community feels about them (I'm guessing they're frowned upon being 16's).

Part of me wants to get new rims, but the other part says that's going to cost at least 3 grand including tires, and I don't plan on having this car for more than 2-3years max. Enough ranting though, I'd love opinions.

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EDIT: Evidently my picture was taken in Australia, I don't know how to fix that. Bear with me.

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Old 02-23-2013, 11:49 PM
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Should try 18 inch
Heaps on eBay or go after market wheels

Car looks much better in 18 or 19 wheels
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:52 PM
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If you're not planning to keep the car for the long term I suggest just keeping the wheels, unless you just really dislike them. Actually lots of 328i's have 16" wheels. That's what was standard on non-sport package cars. You don't see wheels like yours very much because they were pretty much only used on 2010 models. Previous year models had a different style which had a very similar appearance to the 17" sport package wheels, so they're not as easily identifiable as non-sport wheels. 2011 models (and a few very early 2010 models) got 17" wheels as part of the no-cost Value package. They were planned for 2010 models too, but there was a supplier issue early on and they dropped them from the package.

The first car pictured has 17" sport wheels. The second car pictured has 16" non-sport wheels. The last two are two more 16" wheels styles that were used.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:57 PM
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Actually lots of 328i's have 16" wheels. That's what was standard on non-sport package cars. You don't see wheels like yours very much because they were pretty much only used on 2010 models. Previous year models had a different style which had a very similar appearance to the 17" sport package wheels, so they're not as easily identifiable as non-sport wheels. 2011 models (and a few very early 2010 models) got 17" wheels as part of the no-cost Value package. They were planned for 2010 models too, but there was a supplier issue early on and they dropped them from the package.
Hmmm, that's interesting. I actually prefer my 16s to most of the other stock rims, but was always confused why I never saw any others. Thanks for the info!
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:55 AM
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Not sure but I would bet the type of wheel and tire that come as original equipment are figured into the suspension and if you change to a lower profile tire your car might ride a lot rougher. I would think that if you have a taller side wall you get some cushion from the tire and so the spring and shocks are stiffer on your car, Just a thought, I personally wouldnt spend the money. if you buy new OEM wheels from BMW it could set you back 1500 for the wheel and tire, each!

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:15 AM
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This website will show you all the wheels available on the E90 - just choose E90 in the first box.

Personally I think the 16's are way too small for the car and look funny, I would go 18's and there is a lot of used OEM sets out there going for 200 or less a wheel. I would look at style 193M or 189, they are the most available as OEM 18's go.

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This website will show you all the wheels available on the E90 - just choose E90 in the first box.

Personally I think the 16's are way too small for the car and look funny, I would go 18's and there is a lot of used OEM sets out there going for 200 or less a wheel. I would look at style 193M or 189, they are the most available as OEM 18's go.

Rob
Rob -- good post! But is there a link missing?

Also - question to the group - I assume OEM is preferred for compatibility with the car's systems -- TPM comes immediately to mind. Even with OEM, are there compatibility considerations? Further to the point on suspension settings above, are there other systems that need to be recalibrated if changing to different rims/tire sizes?
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:56 AM
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Love the 16" wheels on my '07 wagon as they are much less prone to damage from our atrocious roads and appropriate tires are significantly cheaper. And I find that I hardly ever look at them while driving.

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Old 02-24-2013, 11:05 AM
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As much as we all love the sports package, I unfortunately never got it for my 328, and thus it has OEM 16 inch wheels. I don't see many of these, but the ones I have are 16 inch and look like this:


Thanks!
EDIT: Evidently my picture was taken in Australia, I don't know how to fix that. Bear with me.
I was wondering where you found the option for the anti-gravity package when ordering the car!
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