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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-09-2005, 01:28 AM
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My vote for the best looking...

BMW must design a new OEM wheel every other Thursday. I see so many different styles.

So here is my vote for the best looking OEM, Non- 'M' wheels. They have a great eye-catching, helicopter prop, classic AMG look while spinning.



Ok... they're on my car , but in my opinion, the design is simple, strong, scuplted and most important-- Easy to clean!

Post your favorite!!
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Old 02-09-2005, 03:24 AM
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BMW must design a new OEM wheel every other Thursday. I see so many different styles.

So here is my vote for the best looking OEM, Non- 'M' wheels. They have a great eye-catching, helicopter prop, classic AMG look while spinning.
If it looks like an AMG's wheel, is it a good BMW wheel?

Looks like an Audi clone to me (the design of the wheel on the RS6 is very similar). Personally I don't think anyone does radial spokes (Style 32) or honeycombs (Style 42, composite) better than BMW, but then I still like the way the 8 series looks on basketweaves, so what the hell do I know .
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Old 02-09-2005, 07:48 AM
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BMW must design a new OEM wheel every other Thursday. I see so many different styles.

So here is my vote for the best looking OEM, Non- 'M' wheels. They have a great eye-catching, helicopter prop, classic AMG look while spinning.



Ok... they're on my car , but in my opinion, the design is simple, strong, scuplted and most important-- Easy to clean!

Post your favorite!!
Are those style 119s? Very nice.. I still like M68s the best on a 3-series...

Style 42s that come on the 530i sport are my all-time favorite.. if you can keep them clean.. Saw a set for sale in classifieds this week.
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Old 02-09-2005, 09:54 AM
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BMW must design a new OEM wheel every other Thursday. I see so many different styles.
...

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You're right about the number of OEM wheels. I thought you had my wheels but mine don't have the "spine" that goes out on each spoke.




Nice wheels (spine or spineless), and I totally agree about their cleaning ease.

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Old 02-09-2005, 09:56 AM
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I really like the polished, machined look on the spokes of the new M3 wheels. I wish I could get my ZHP wheels to be that bright & shiny... there's some clearcoat or something on the wheels that's making them a little matted.
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:32 AM
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:49 AM
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If it looks like an AMG's wheel, is it a good BMW wheel?
You have a good point

But... so far it's a great BMW wheel
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:50 AM
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Are those style 119s? Very nice.. I still like M68s the best on a 3-series...
Yes 119's that come with the ZSP.... or at least they do for now
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Post your favorite!!
As far as favorite for an E46 (excluding M3), I'm torn between the 119's and the 18" Type 71's. I have the 71's on my car and love the look, but they are very difficult to clean. I'm considering 119's for winter wheels.

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Old 02-09-2005, 11:01 AM
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BMW must design a new OEM wheel every other Thursday. I see so many different styles.

So here is my vote for the best looking OEM, Non- 'M' wheels. They have a great eye-catching, helicopter prop, classic AMG look while spinning.



Ok... they're on my car , but in my opinion, the design is simple, strong, scuplted and most important-- Easy to clean!

Post your favorite!!
Love those wheels! I have them too!
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Old 02-09-2005, 11:05 AM
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Here is my vote for the best looking M wheel....

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Old 02-09-2005, 11:15 AM
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Here is my vote for the best looking M wheel....
If we're going to choose M's, I prefer either the style 127 (M3 CSL wheel):

or based on the car its attached to:
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Old 02-09-2005, 11:26 AM
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As far as favorite for an E46 (excluding M3), I'm torn between the 119's and the 18" Type 71's. I have the 71's on my car and love the look, but they are very difficult to clean. I'm considering 119's for winter wheels.

I agree that these are great looking wheels!! I disagree, however, that they are hard do clean. I wipe my wheels down after every drive, so they are always waxed, spotless and sparkly clean. It only takes a few minutes; the wheel design allows for easy access to all the surfaces between and around the spokes.

Style 71's were my favorite BMW wheel until I met these at the L.A. Auto Show... and fell in love!!



I think the new Competition Package M wheels are the best looking factory wheel I've ever seen on a BMW!! Plus, the spokes have nice, wide areas as well for easy cleaning. I'm dying for a set, but will they fit on my car??

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Put me down for the Style 71 wheels. Those are hot. Look particularly good on convertibles.
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Old 02-09-2005, 04:38 PM
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My vote is for Style 71 also. But it must be 18" for 3 series. 17" somehow look very small with style 71.

My 2nd favorite is style 135, the ZHP wheel, then the style 68
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Old 02-09-2005, 04:52 PM
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It depends on the car it's on.

But judging by the car the wheel typically comes on:

M Parallels Style 37 E38 Sport/E39 MSport
M System I Style 20 E34M5
Style 4 E38 750iL
Style 31 most applications
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I have 119s too, and I like 'em a lot. I don't know if they're my #1 in looks, but they are SO easy to clean, and I think they look great. So much so that I bought a second set (used) for my winter wheels! I know I know, I could've upgraded my summer wheels, but I like that my car looks the same year round. On my e30, I had 16" Alpinas most of the year, then had to go back to 14" bottlecaps for winter. Hated that.
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Those "Competition Package M" wheels look great!
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As far as favorite for an E46 (excluding M3), I'm torn between the 119's and the 18" Type 71's. I have the 71's on my car and love the look, but they are very difficult to clean. I'm considering 119's for winter wheels.

Okay...changed my mind.. I like these best.. But, I'm glad I don't have to pay for 18" tires...
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BMW must design a new OEM wheel every other Thursday. I see so many different styles.

So here is my vote for the best looking OEM, Non- 'M' wheels. They have a great eye-catching, helicopter prop, classic AMG look while spinning.



Ok... they're on my car , but in my opinion, the design is simple, strong, scuplted and most important-- Easy to clean!

Post your favorite!!
No way, the imprint around the bolts looks like a Lucky Charm fat star! If you can ignore that, there nice.

I vote for ZHP wheel -- even thought they have an 'M' on them.
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Here is my vote for the best looking M wheel....

These are my fav M wheels too!
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Style-71

But Im starting to like the 135s, THOSE are a bitch to clean.
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No way, the imprint around the bolts looks like a Lucky Charm fat star! If you can ignore that, there nice.
Amazing, I would have never seen it that way.

Mmmmmm Lucky Chaaaaarms.........
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