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  • Mille Miglia Uno

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    Votes: 12 44.4%
  • AT Italia Type 5

    Votes: 6 22.2%
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I've decided on Bridgestone Blizzak LM-22 205/55HR16 for the winter rubber... Still can't decide on which wheels. The candidates are:

1. Mille Miglia Uno


2. Mille Miglia Spider


3. AT Italia Type 5


What do you think? Help me decide. :thumbup:
 

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Based on utility alone, the AT Italia's you posted seem to be the most sturdy (i.e. able to stand up to winter potholes). If you can get a set of steel wheels at a significant savings over the aluminum wheels, then I would go that route instead. I'd certainly have steel for mine if BMW charged a normal price for their 17"ers. It was actually cheaper for me to buy a set of Blizzaks from Tirerack, mounted on the Italia's.
 

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Curious, will you buy one of the three wheels in your poll with the highest votes?
 

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I think you should also keep in mind that the wheel with narrow gaps between the spokes will promote accumulation of the snow inside your wheel, thowing it out of balance.
 

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Clem said:
Steel wheels are the cheapest option and you don't have to worry about them as much. IMHO
and ff said:
Based on utility alone, the AT Italia's you posted seem to be the most sturdy (i.e. able to stand up to winter potholes). If you can get a set of steel wheels at a significant savings over the aluminum wheels, then I would go that route instead. I'd certainly have steel for mine if BMW charged a normal price for their 17"ers. It was actually cheaper for me to buy a set of Blizzaks from Tirerack, mounted on the Italia's.
Thing is these wheels cost $109 - $119 a piece so they're fairly inexpensive. Steel wheels are definitely cheaper ($46 each + $28 for plastic covers). Total cost difference is $224 at worst, or $184 if I get the cheaper AT Italias. Call me vain, but I don't know if I like the look of steel wheels on my baby. :p In Michigan I would probably have to keep the snows on November through March... that's almost half a year on yucky (IMO) looking steel wheels. :dunno: :cry:

... well, at least that's how I'm justifying the extra $200. :angel:

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Curious, will you buy one of the three wheels in your poll with the highest votes?
I will take the opinions expressed here and make a more intelligent decision than "going it alone". I'm hoping people will tell me the pros and cons of in their opinion so I'm more educated as to which one I should pick.

What do you think about durability, ease of maintenance, and the pure "looks awesome" (or "looks like [email protected]") factor of these wheels? Your opinions count. :)
 

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What do you think about durability, ease of maintenance, and the pure "looks awesome" (or "looks like [email protected]") factor of these wheels? Your opinions count. :)
In this case, I think the AT Italia's look too much like a Mercedes rim so they get a :thumbdwn: from me.

Edit: They also look like a soccer ball.

I think the Spyders would be the easiest to clean of the three.

Lastly, I think as long as you are not driving on what looks like a recently bombed airport runway, you shouldn't have any problems with any 16" rims.
 

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I like the look of the Spyders the best, but it looks like they stick out a little, possibly making them more susceptible to curb rash ?! I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has these---I was thinking of getting these, too.
 

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Pete Teoh said:
Clem said:

and ff said:


Thing is these wheels cost $109 - $119 a piece so they're fairly inexpensive. Steel wheels are definitely cheaper ($46 each + $28 for plastic covers). Total cost difference is $224 at worst, or $184 if I get the cheaper AT Italias. Call me vain, but I don't know if I like the look of steel wheels on my baby. :p In Michigan I would probably have to keep the snows on November through March... that's almost half a year on yucky (IMO) looking steel wheels. :dunno: :cry:

... well, at least that's how I'm justifying the extra $200. :angel:

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I will take the opinions expressed here and make a more intelligent decision than "going it alone". I'm hoping people will tell me the pros and cons of in their opinion so I'm more educated as to which one I should pick.

What do you think about durability, ease of maintenance, and the pure "looks awesome" (or "looks like [email protected]") factor of these wheels? Your opinions count. :)
Don't waste your money on covers if you go the steel wheel route.

Sure steelies look ugly but in essence whats more important? Looking good and having to worry about road salt, grime, brake dust, gravel, sand etc..... or having a durable wheel that you don't have to worry about cleaning, or even bending if you God forbid have to make some emergency manover into a curb to avoid another car. I live in Canada where I can imagine the winters are worse and I ran on steel wheels for 2 winters. Sure they looked ugly but the did the job.

A good analogy is when you were a kid and your mom made you wear a touque with a pom pom on the top in winter. Sure it wasn't cool but it kept your head warm and did it's job. :thumbup:

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If you're getting 16" wheels, get a set of the stock 7 spoke 325i wheels. Lots of people are selling them and they'll look "right" on the car. You could even look for a set of the v-spoke 323i sport package 16" wheels.

It's not as if any of the wheels you posted are going to look great in 16" size, and with smaller wheels, there's a chance they wouldn't even look very good. You might as well just blend in for the winter with the rest of the E46s.
 

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PhilH said:
If you're getting 16" wheels, get a set of the stock 7 spoke 325i wheels. Lots of people are selling them and they'll look "right" on the car. You could even look for a set of the v-spoke 323i sport package 16" wheels.

It's not as if any of the wheels you posted are going to look great in 16" size, and with smaller wheels, there's a chance they wouldn't even look very good. You might as well just blend in for the winter with the rest of the E46s.
Good suggestion, 43s look OK
 

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PhilH said:
If you're getting 16" wheels, get a set of the stock 7 spoke 325i wheels. Lots of people are selling them and they'll look "right" on the car. You could even look for a set of the v-spoke 323i sport package 16" wheels.

It's not as if any of the wheels you posted are going to look great in 16" size, and with smaller wheels, there's a chance they wouldn't even look very good. You might as well just blend in for the winter with the rest of the E46s.
Good idea, Phil. Nate, I like the 43 OEM wheels too. What's the going price for a set of 4 gently used 43s? If they're similar in price to the Milles ($476), I'd get them for sure.
 

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ff said:
Based on utility alone, the AT Italia's you posted seem to be the most sturdy (i.e. able to stand up to winter potholes). If you can get a set of steel wheels at a significant savings over the aluminum wheels, then I would go that route instead. I'd certainly have steel for mine if BMW charged a normal price for their 17"ers. It was actually cheaper for me to buy a set of Blizzaks from Tirerack, mounted on the Italia's.
Why do you suggest that BMW doesn't charge a "normal price" for their steel wheels. They are $65 per wheel with a BMWCCA discount for a steel 17" wheel. You can't get much better.
 
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