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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 03-09-2005, 08:54 PM
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....Recently just purchased a 2005 silver gray 330xi......drove my 4runner for the last 8yrs, and this is quite a change to say the least(trying to get used to being so low to the ground!).....Anyway, the only major upgrade I want to make right now is rims...The dealer told me that they could fit 18in ones on there...but I have seen quite a few of you on here with 17in ones that look nice....So my first question is what would yall reccommend,18 or 17in with my all season tires??...then, I want factory rims, which style looks the best?, and where can I find them w/o having to go to the dealer??...any help would be much appreciated...thanks!!
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:03 PM
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...this is quite a change to say the least(trying to get used to being so low to the ground!
You'll soon think your too high off the ground and look for ways to lower your xi.

I don't think 18" rims are advisable for my '03, so you might double check their compatibility with your '05.

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Old 03-10-2005, 11:18 AM
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....Recently just purchased a 2005 silver gray 330xi......drove my 4runner for the last 8yrs, and this is quite a change to say the least(trying to get used to being so low to the ground!).....Anyway, the only major upgrade I want to make right now is rims...The dealer told me that they could fit 18in ones on there...but I have seen quite a few of you on here with 17in ones that look nice....So my first question is what would yall reccommend,18 or 17in with my all season tires??...then, I want factory rims, which style looks the best?, and where can I find them w/o having to go to the dealer??...any help would be much appreciated...thanks!!
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:37 AM
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Do you not plan on having a set of winter tires? I don't know what winters are like where you are; I guess with a 4Runner you never had to. To me there is no competition, I think 18's look way better on an e46 (and I'm partial to Style 71's ).

Then you can get a set of winter tires for your 17's and really have fun when it snows.

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Old 03-11-2005, 06:50 PM
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:40 PM
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Do you not plan on having a set of winter tires? I don't know what winters are like where you are; I guess with a 4Runner you never had to. To me there is no competition, I think 18's look way better on an e46 (and I'm partial to Style 71's ).

Then you can get a set of winter tires for your 17's and really have fun when it snows.

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Yah...Ohio winters are not fun....but I thought with my all season tires, I would be cool...so you suggest a set of winter tires as well??....thx for the tip
! i am gonna look into the 18in
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