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The third generation X3 starts production in August of 2017 and will include the new X3 M40i top of the line performance model.

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Old 12-13-2019, 05:18 PM
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I have went from 20 inch down to 18's For the winter. The ride is fine no problems. Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grips 245/55/18.
Thanks. I assume you mean the Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3? They make quite a few "Ultra Grip" models.

GW-3's are what I went with, as the road I drive on in the winter which sees snow, is mostly wet or dry and plowed regularly, so it's rare that I'll see deep snow on it. So handling in wet and dry was the most important characteristic for me, rather than pure snow handling. The GW-3 tires are in the "Performance Winter / Snow" category, so should handle better than regular "Studless Ice & Snow" ones, which most of the 235/55/19 tires are. Not to mention it's also slightly narrower, so handling would be a bit worse compared to 245/55/18's.

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I went from 20" staggered to 19" all square. The tires are Vredestein Wintrac Pro's, size 235/55R19. We haven't had much snow yet here in the NYC area, but I have to say that I am not unhappy about the way the car handles in the dry. The ride is not as mushy as I thought it would be, and they still have retained some of the sporting nature that made the M40i so appealing to me in the first place. Having come from a 2011 535xi with Sport package, I really liked the stiffer suspension, and more taut feeling of attack that the X3 has. It's a much more sporty feeling car, and these tires, while not as athletic feeling as the 20"-ers, still keep the sporty feel I love.
Not surprised to hear that. You realize your tires are "Performance Winter / Snow" ones and not the regular, softer, "Studless Ice & Snow"?

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235/55 x19 are an easy solution to winter tires on G01/02 without going on an Easter Egg hunt for 18's that will fit over the blue front calipers. Quite a few aftermarket 18's will clear; very few OE BMW wheels will.
While there may not be a lot of OEM 18" wheels that fit the M40i, I've seen many posts from people saying NONE fit... There are two 18" OEM wheels that DO fit. Did you know that? Almost noone does...


I was actually shocked these do because they're 7" wide only, and with 22 offset to boot. So on the front, which comes with 8.5 x 21, ET30 wheels, the outer edge of the wheel RETRACTS by 11mm.

https://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Whee...et-Calculator#

That is a lot, considering the spokes of my wheels seem to only have 5mm of clearance from the brake calipers... So they must have done some magic with their spoke shape for them not to touch the calipers.
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Old 12-18-2019, 01:40 AM
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So I ordered a set of 18" RWC BM51 wheels in Gun Metal colour for my 2018 Alpine White M40i, and when they arrived today, I couldn't believe they sent me the wrong wheels! They sent me BM550 wheels...

There's a part of me that says "F it, it's not worth the hassle. Just keep them if you can get a good discount for their mistake. They don't look that bad."

But then another part of me says the BM51's look way nicer and if I'm going to keep them for a few years, I should get what I love...

The kicker is that they were supposed to go on the car today in time for a Xmas ski trip... AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

What would you do? And which ones do you think look best?


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I was afraid most people would say that... I'm going to get them to send me those. Oh well...
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235/55 x19 are an easy solution to winter tires on G01/02 without going on an Easter Egg hunt for 18's that will fit over the blue front calipers. Quite a few aftermarket 18's will clear; very few OE BMW wheels will.

LOTS of choices of 235/55x19 for winter rubber - and the size fits great on the OE 7-1/2" wide wheels. I'm running Nokians since I've had them on many cars, and always had good luck on our ice and snow 6 months of the year.
I just had to buy winters for my newly purchased 202 X3m40i, and found nothing worth buying in the standard 19 inch size. I went with your suggestion of the 235/55's. I wouldn't say there are lots of choices even there though. The only tires available from Tire Rack, Discount Tire, or two large local shops I checked with were Continental Vikings, some crappy Blizzaks, and the Pirelli Scorpion Winter, which I bought. The reviews on them are also uniformly positive, so I hope they do the job. While I do need solid snow traction, equally important to me are dry and wet driving in winter, as 90% of the time thats what we have, not actual snow on the roads. I will be using these tires for five full months of the year, and they need to deliver well in all of those areas.
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I just had to buy winters for my newly purchased 202 X3m40i, and found nothing worth buying in the standard 19 inch size. I went with your suggestion of the 235/55's. I wouldn't say there are lots of choices even there though. The only tires available from Tire Rack, Discount Tire, or two large local shops I checked with were Continental Vikings, some crappy Blizzaks, and the Pirelli Scorpion Winter, which I bought. The reviews on them are also uniformly positive, so I hope they do the job. While I do need solid snow traction, equally important to me are dry and wet driving in winter, as 90% of the time thats what we have, not actual snow on the roads. I will be using these tires for five full months of the year, and they need to deliver well in all of those areas.
I think you'll be happy with the Pirelli Scorpion Winters; I had them on my '13 X5M and, like you, need winter tires 5 months of the year. Nokians aren't easy to find, and often sell out for the year by October. The Conti Viking 7's are brand new, so not enough real world experience yet.
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I think you'll be happy with the Pirelli Scorpion Winters; I had them on my '13 X5M and, like you, need winter tires 5 months of the year. Nokians aren't easy to find, and often sell out for the year by October. The Conti Viking 7's are brand new, so not enough real world experience yet.
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