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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 09-13-2019, 05:07 PM
yellowmattei yellowmattei is offline
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Hello all -

First time poster here in the X3 forum. I'm about to order a 2020 X3 M40i, and I'm considering the 20" wheels. I currently have a 2011 535xi MSport with the 19" wheels, thankfully shorn of their run flats. One reason I was moving up to the X3 was to get the taller sidewall, for defense against our abominable roads here during winters in the Northeast. Talking with Tirerack about whether a 245/50r19 would be any better than my 245/40r19's yielded an interesting answer. They said that the extra one inch in sidewall height would not give any more defense against potholes, and if I wanted to order the 20's, it would change very little.

I was wondering if anyone here had any real world experience with the 20" rims, and how they tires have held up to the winters in the north. Also, did those who got the 20's also get winter wheels and tires? It seems to me they would be a must buy for handling in the snow.

Thanks for any input.

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Old 09-13-2019, 09:01 PM
ghostdog1108 ghostdog1108 is offline
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Just took off the summers & installed Continental Extreme Contact DWS all season tires for around $900. Love them. Of course I have the spare option which works great for me.
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:38 AM
Clivem2 Clivem2 is offline
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Re the comment about 1 inch sidewall height...it terms of sidewall in close contact with the road / pot holes - it's actually half an inch..
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