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Old 09-21-2013, 12:27 PM
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I bought my 2010 328i almost three and a half years ago for my mom. She quit driving about the time I bought it, so I sort of took the car over. I'd have bought the 335i if it had been for me. Its Space Gray/Chestnut. I do love the color combination (pics at my profile if anyone's interested), and insisted that the dealer find me one in this combination when I bought it.
I'm interested mainly in old cars...monsters from the '50's and '60's, but I have enjoyed driving the BMW..even though I've only put about 20K miles on it so far.
Now that I'm getting close to the warranty expiration, I'm paying more attention to the car, deciding whether to keep it or not. I think I will. I wish it was faster, but it does the job. Unfortunately, every time I take it in to the dealer, I get to drive a 335i or an M-series car. Kinda dispiriting to get back into mine after;-)
I'm considering switching out the wheels and tires. I'm looking at either Style 189 or Style 197 rims and getting rid of the RFT's, which I hate. I believe this will be pretty straight forward...just transferring the TPM's to the new wheels, unless I hear otherwise...
Lots of great info here, just like the other car forums I belong to...! Glad I found it! Joe
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:50 PM
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I'm looking at either Style 189 or Style 197 rims and getting rid of the RFT's, which I hate.
I just ordered the Michelin Pilot® Sport A/S 3 for my sons 135i convertible yesterday.

Review.

http://tires.about.com/od/Tire_Revie...port-A-S-3.htm

I keep these items in the trunk. Nice to have when you get rid of the RFT's.

http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/...Tire+Inflation

http://www.powersportsplace.com/part...FWfhQgodzk0AsQ

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Old 09-21-2013, 12:52 PM
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Thanks...I'll check 'em out!
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:12 PM
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I just ordered the Michelin Pilot® Sport A/S 3 for my sons 135i convertible yesterday.

Review.

http://tires.about.com/od/Tire_Revie...port-A-S-3.htm

I keep these items in the trunk. Nice to have when you get rid of the RFT's.

http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/...Tire+Inflation

http://www.powersportsplace.com/part...FWfhQgodzk0AsQ
Nice alternative to spare!
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:17 PM
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Thanks~!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:21 AM
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Finally got the 189 style wheels and Continental Extreme Contact tires on the car. Absolutely the best thing I've done. The car looks better, rides better, is far less noisy and more responsive. I knew I hated the run-flats, but I didn't know how much till I got rid of them!
I did notice that the right rear tire was more worn than the others (my 328 has about 21K miles). Not like I was burning rubber (duh). Is this because I need a rear wheel alignment? I bought the car new and its never had any trauma...
Thanks for any thoughts. Joe
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:58 AM
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It is possible the rear is out of alignment, you should get it checked. Expect to pay from $80-200 depending on the shop. Dealers will be at the high end but usually worth the premium unless you know your indy will follow proper procedures. Check with your local BMW-CCA club and see if they have a recommendation.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:04 AM
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Finally got the 189 style wheels and Continental Extreme Contact tires on the car. Absolutely the best thing I've done. The car looks better, rides better, is far less noisy and more responsive. I knew I hated the run-flats, but I didn't know how much till I got rid of them!
I did notice that the right rear tire was more worn than the others (my 328 has about 21K miles). Not like I was burning rubber (duh). Is this because I need a rear wheel alignment? I bought the car new and its never had any trauma...
Thanks for any thoughts. Joe
Joe, our 2009 328i went 42,000 miles on the oem rfts without any indication of unusual wear patterns. Non sport so a square setup and they were never rotated.

I'd definitely get your alignment checked front and rear. Your mom may have hit a pothole early on that you were not aware of.

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:31 PM
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Hey Lazer,
Enjoyed having the Tigers here last weekend, if not the ending. A friendly group of fans (and I met lots of them Friday night and Saturday) and gracious winners. We were glad to have you'all here...just wish we'd managed to get that last TD!
I'll take the car in and get the alignment done...thanks for the advice! Joe
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:24 AM
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Hey Joe, where did you get the 189's? And how much?
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:10 PM
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I got the 189's from All Factory Wheels. I was ready to buy from their website, but then saw the wheels in their Ebay store at a substantial savings. I paid $150. each for the front wheels and $190 each for the rear wheels, plus $100. shipping. Total to my door was $780. The wheels arrived in beautiful condition. They make a big difference in the car's attitude!
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:12 PM
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Thanks for the advice on the alignment. I have an appointment at the dealer Monday. They charge $180, but I think they're gonna knock $20. off of that.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:21 PM
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I posted a couple of pics of the new wheels in my profile page so you can see the before/after in case anybody else is thinking about doing this. I'm glad I did.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:45 PM
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Since I pulled the receipts out...here's the total cost to go from 17" RFT's to 18" GFT's: $1931.92
Wheels: $780.
Tires (Continental Extreme Contact DW, 225/40/ZR18 for the front, 255/35/ZR18 for the back): $679.67
Mounting, switching the TPMS, balancing, remounting the old tires on the old wheels: $81.50
Spare Tire Kit from Bimmerzone (Jack Kit, Tire Tray, Tote, Triangle): 390.75 (debatable whether this was needed, but might be handy)
I could add $180. to that, but I really needed the alignment anyway.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:10 AM
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Hey Joe, thanks for the detail. I found All Factory Wheels previously. I was surprised with their prices. Too good to be true? Some folks were skeptical here. From all indications they are OEM's?
I may run my 17" Conti all season RFT's through the winter and switch to 189 or 193 in the spring.
I agree, the 189's make your, and hopefully mine as well, a little more aggressive.
Dumb question, but do you have to adjust the speedometer or odometer when you change diameters?
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:18 AM
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The wheels are genuine BMW wheels and refurbished to "like new" condition. I'm pretty anal and I could find nothing to fault. Of course, I've only had the for a couple days, so I suppose some problems could develop. But, I've read that they stand behind their products in the event there's an issue. I'm satisfied that I got a very good deal in achieving the look I was after.
As for the speedometer/odometer adjustment, I believe I read that the overall circumference of the wheel/tire is not different enough to require any adjustment. While the wheels are an inch larger in diameter, the tires are lower profile so the difference is negligible...I think I read that on a thread here or on Tirerack. If I'm wrong about this...somebody please chime in.
Be sure you check the All Factory Wheels Ebay store when you get ready. The wheels I got were significantly cheaper there than on there regular website. Good luck!
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