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Old 10-26-2013, 05:47 AM
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Hello everyone,

I have been a long time lurker and finally registered today after deciding to place and order on a 2014 750li x.Its going to be the family car for our long interstate drives and it seems to fit the bill.We are set on all the options we want except the wheel style.Unfortunately I am not thrilled with the wheel options the 2014 offers.I have noted that the 20 inch M wheels seem very popular around in this forum.I personally liked the style 252 19 inchers[cant find them anymore on BMW website] .


I would like to know what advantages the 20 inches offer over the 19.I am aware that the ride might get choppy with the bigger wheels.My closest dealer is 2 hrs away and I prefer not to deal with blown tires.I would appreciate all suggestions.TYIA.

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Old 10-26-2013, 01:23 PM
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If you prefer not to deal with blown tires (or bubbles), you are better off sticking with the 19 inch rims. If you move up to the 20 inch rims, you will probably be increasing your risk of having tire issues. I know that in certain respects my opinion is in the minority, but low profile tires are just not practical. When you go past a certain point with the reduction of the size of the side wall of the tire, the wheels become museum pieces, i.e., they look great but that's about it.


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Old 10-26-2013, 03:02 PM
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No Ghost, you're not in the minority of people that say it like it really is. I have 20 inch wheels, and I love them. And I got two flats at once last month. I had 20s on my e65, same exact thing happened, 2 flats at once, both times due to Chicago potholes. It's the low profile. As for the feel on the road, I have no issues at all with 20s over 19s for ride feel. 20s are perfectly fine for me. And also, when I had 20s on my e65, I seriously had AT LEAST 5 flats in a year. But that could just be a Chicago thing as they were ALL due to potholes I didn't see (or wasn't paying attention). You could get run flat tires for 20 inch rims also. I think 20s look better on this big of a car, but that's just my opinion. I actually didn't dislike my 19s but the style 303Ms I liked better and ONLY come in 20s.
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And I like how cukoo spells finalising instead of finalizing. As my Brit friends say, Z is for Zed. Not sure what it means but I like it.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:13 PM
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Interesting that the 252's aren't available anymore outside of Canada because in Canada you can still get them on the 2014. They're a $500 option and have been since 2009.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:28 AM
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I acknowledge that the larger rims give you a better ride. My 2008 Jaguar had 18 inch rims and the ride was superb. Nevertheless, I had to replace them with 17 inch rims after countless bubbled tires. That is why I went with 18 inch rims on my 535ix instead of 19 inches. A few months back, the dealer gave me a 550i loaner with 19 inch rims and the ride was so good that I started to wish my 535ix had them. But then, I got a bubble on the front tire after riding over a bump in the road. I am sure that the 20 inch rims on the Seven give you a superior ride, but the headache factor is probably just to great.


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I have the 20" 303M wheels and have had no problems in the last 2 years I have been driving on them. I'm not a wheel and tire expert, but I recall reading that with 21" wheels, the tires are crazy expensive just because of the odd size. Most that run 22's are in warm climate areas with good roads. Personally, I would not hesitate on the 20", but ultimately it is up to your preference. Get what you like because that is all that really matters. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

I know you said "we are set on all the options", so I have to ask. What RWS did you decide on? That is just as big of decision as wheel options sometimes.
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I just had 21" Alpina's installed and tires are crazy expensive. I got PS2's and a set of 4 is well over $2,000. Only advantage of 21"s is you can stay within the OEM specs.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:57 AM
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im running oem style 253. the 7 should only come with 20" or 21"
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Thank you all for the advice.I am pretty sure the 7 looks much better on the 20's. But my geographical limitation makes it a challenge and I would very much want to avoid a damaged tire.The roads are pretty good over here but you never know.I had one flat tire and had to wait two weeks for a replacement from my dealer( had the wheel insurance).

But aren't the 19's low profile too on the m sport?Apart from the looks do the larger wheels offer any advantage viz.handling wise?Well coming to the RWS...I know I am going to get burnt here but I am going with the fine line wood matte...yeah I know it doesn't come with the RWS... But it's the car for the family and both of us don't like any of the glossy finishes.
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By the way, I was incorrect in my post, my e65 had 21s, NOT 20s, and extremely low profile, THAT'S why I got so many flats! Sorry for any confusion.
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Thanks for clearing that up DLF.BTW I was wondering if multiple security deposits is a wise move to bring down the MF on my deal.I don't mind financially as it's making nothing sitting in my bank.Has anyone considered that?My dealer says that it's safe and stays with BMW financial and is refundable.
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Re: Finalising an order,Query regarding wheels

I maxed out the security deposits and brought down the payment. If you put a lot of money down and total the car, you lose all your money. I learned that the hard way.

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Thank you all for the advice.I am pretty sure the 7 looks much better on the 20's. But my geographical limitation makes it a challenge and I would very much want to avoid a damaged tire.The roads are pretty good over here but you never know.I had one flat tire and had to wait two weeks for a replacement from my dealer( had the wheel insurance).

But aren't the 19's low profile too on the m sport?Apart from the looks do the larger wheels offer any advantage viz.handling wise?Well coming to the RWS...I know I am going to get burnt here but I am going with the fine line wood matte...yeah I know it doesn't come with the RWS... But it's the car for the family and both of us don't like any of the glossy finishes.
Yes, but there are different grades of low profile tires. The 19 inch low profile tire on the Seven has a larger sidewall than the 20 inch low profile tire. Similarly, the 18 inch low profile tire on the Five has a larger sidewall than the 19 inch tire. Once you cross the threshold, the problem factor skyrockets, but all of the tires are low profile. The smaller the sidewall, the greater the risk that you will have problems. On the other hand, you could put an 18 inch rim and tire, which would not be low profile, on a Seven. If you do this, it will probably look horrible, you probably would not like the ride, but you probably would never have a tire problem.


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I maxed out the security deposits and brought down the payment. If you put a lot of money down and total the car, you lose all your money. I learned that the hard way.

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You mean you lose the security deposit if you total the car?I know you will lose the down payment if you total it,that's why i was considering the security deposit option.Just wanted to make this very clear .
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I had the 351's on a 2011 535i M-Sport and the ride could be abrupt at times. No bubbles or flat tires over 2 years / 18,000 miles. In N. Dallas we don't have too many potholes, but many of roads are cement, so bumps and potholes can be very harsh. There were couple times I thought for sure there would be a bubble, but I guess I got lucky. Since 19's on the 535i could be harsh at times, I was worried about the 20" ride quality. Thus far I think the 750i rides smoother (with the 20's) than the 535i did with the 19's. As a whole the 750i takes bumps and dips better than the 535i did. The 535i has DDC & ARS; I do miss ARS. The 750i could really use it.
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