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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 10-16-2019, 12:33 AM
MunichMark MunichMark is offline
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What many folks forget is that it is not just about all the sizing but also the load rating of the tires and wheels per the max axle weights, especially if towing.

On a 550 17” won’t fit due Brakes.

18” will, 19” is also fine.

There are plenty of 328 and 331 BMW used Wheels on the Market. I use 328’s for Winter, cheap and good quality but there are plenty of 3rd party wheels, just make sure they are rated properly for the Car.
2014 535XD LCI
Euro 313HP
465 TQ @1500 RPM
Alpinweiss - Nappa Mocca
AC Schnitzer 30-30 Springs
18" Michelin Pilot Supersport / PA4 Winter
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:21 AM
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“ I'm trying to do this "on the cheap" and acquire a 2nd set of wheels and tires to use for the next few years.”

Just went through this with a 1-series. Got a great deal on some wheels from Craigslist and got my local tire shop to match TireRack’s price for some Bridgestone Blizzak WS80’s.

One thing I overlooked in pricing it all out was the cost of TPMS sensors, which were $60/each. It will be a savings in the long run for not paying $85 for 4-wheel mounting and balancing at the start and end of winter, but that additional $240 definitely added to the upfront costs.

Just something to remember.
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:25 AM
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BMW's wheel style 250 from a 7 series (F01) will fit your 550 perfectly. It is 18 x 8 with an offset of 30. Moreover, it is designed for a larger sedan, so it should be plenty strong. I use this wheel on my 535d with 235/50-18 Continental winter tires with no problem and I live in a snow belt area. 245/45-18 would be what BMW uses as OE, but my winter tires came from a previous sedan. BTW, I found these tires on Craigslist and were less than $100 each for the set.
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