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Old 11-13-2004, 10:13 AM
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Snow Tires for 330i w/ Performance Package

I am about to pick up my 2005 330i w/ the Performance Package (18" 225/40 on front and 18" 225/35 on rear). I am in Germany and the weather has already turned...snow, sleet, ice, etc.. I have read many threads and reviews and I think the Pirelli Snowsport 210s are the best bet for Autobahn speeds but I am open to suggestions...I see a lot of people like the blizzaks but the highway speeds here (when it is dry) have me thinking I want something that can handle 120mph. My real question here, since I am "tire illiterate" is, do I need to copy the rim and tire sizes that the car comes with for winter tires as well or should I go with different sizes due to the fact that the winter tires will get snow on them (wheel well clearance issues).
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Old 11-14-2004, 08:19 AM
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You can go as small as 16" wheels on your car. (Only a couple 16" wheels fit... not all of them.) This will open up your range of tires, as many more snow tires are available for 16" than are at 18". Plus... the cost of wheels and tires will be less.
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Old 11-14-2004, 08:37 AM
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I am about to pick up my 2005 330i w/ the Performance Package (18" 225/40 on front and 18" 225/35 on rear).
Don't you mean 225/40/18 front and 255/35/18 rear? That's what I thought came with the performance package, anyway... on Styling 135M wheels.

If so, I think Pirelli Winter 240 SnowSports are one of your only choices.
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Old 11-14-2004, 10:21 AM
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You are correct on the tire sizes. I was copying right out of the brochure and I still blew it! Anyway, I heard the 240's weren't as good (noise and traction) at the 210's which is why I am considering going with a smaller rim. Anyone know where I can sign up for Tire 101 class so I can understand the jargon and issues?! If I were in the states it would be no big deal but I am hit and miss at finding tire dealers that speak good english here in Germany and I am not so hot at returning the favor of speaking their language either!
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...Anyone know where I can sign up for Tire 101 class so I can understand the jargon and issues?!....
all you want to know about tires http://www.tirerack.com/about/techcenter.html
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Go with a 17" rim.. If you get 17" X 7", the get 205/50-17... If you get 17" X 7.5" or 8", then go with 225/45-17... the Wintersport 210s are a good choice for autobahn speeds, I would think..

I definitely wouldn't put 18" winter tires on.. You can pay half the cost of your 17" rims, with what you will save getting 17" tires.
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