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Ok, I'm probably been stupid but I can't figure out which winter wheels will fit with no probs on my 56 Reg 330i E91.

Tyre guy says Use original wheels and just swap tyres over?
eBay guy recommended getting some 17" steelies with thinner winter tyres on?
Someone else said ABS/Traction control will cause a fuss with some sizes?

I can't figure out what the hell I'm doing!

Mytyres package have 2 options for my car:
346L 2979ccm 170 kW BJ.: 09.2001-08.2005
346L 2979ccm 170 kW BJ.: 07.2000-08.2001

Neither of those make sense to me? Sep 01-Aug 05 or July 00-Aug 01??????

I need help! Will steelies be ok? Not bothered about cosmetics in the slightest so don't need an alloy, unless I do for some reason.

BMW don't do 17" steelies, only Alloys. £1200!!!!!
 

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Mytyres package have 2 options for my car:
346L 2979ccm 170 kW BJ.: 09.2001-08.2005
346L 2979ccm 170 kW BJ.: 07.2000-08.2001

Neither of those make sense to me? Sep 01-Aug 05 or July 00-Aug 01??????
Basically 346L 2979ccm 170 kW BJ.: 07.2000-08.2001 is original e46


and 346L 2979ccm 170 kW BJ.: 09.2001-08.2005 is facelifted e46


See if you can pick up some used 17" e46 alloys off eBay. Most people upgrade to 18"s so there's usually a few about
 

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Yes, I'm sure they're option fit on SE type models and the description...

These tyres transformed my 330d M sport last Winter. Better grip, traction and braking in wet, cold, snowy and icy conditions. The alloys are very stylish and would suit any BMW 3 series (E90 - Saloon, E91 - Touring, E92 - Coupe, E93 - Convertible) 2006 - 2011.
 

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Swapping the winters onto your current wheels will probably be the cheapest option, but having a separate wheel & tyre set can be more convenient.

As for size, either stick to the original or see if there's a specific size recommended by BMW for your car. Sometimes this is listed in your handbook or even on the tyre pressure sticker on the car. A smaller wheel diameter with a higher profile tyre can help in the really bad stuff as it gives you a bigger footprint when you lower the pressure, but things rarely get that bad in the UK.
 

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I wonder if there's just no steels that fit the e90 330 so it doesn't give you an option.

If you go through the Alloy wheel choice, you get the right model you're looking for.
 

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Swapping the winters onto your current wheels will probably be the cheapest option, but having a separate wheel & tyre set can be more convenient.

As for size, either stick to the original or see if there's a specific size recommended by BMW for your car. Sometimes this is listed in your handbook or even on the tyre pressure sticker on the car. A smaller wheel diameter with a higher profile tyre can help in the really bad stuff as it gives you a bigger footprint when you lower the pressure, but things rarely get that bad in the UK.
I bet swapping 4 tyres around twice will be over £100?
 

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Is there a sticker in the driver's door jamb?

If so this should have a winter tyre option in the list which will give you the size.

Both my E60 and F11 have this label. incidentally I run 16" steels with winter tyres on the E60 (17" wheel as std) and 17" alloys on the F11 (which has an 18" option wheel fitted normally).
 

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Maybe I'm going about this the wrong way.

Perhaps option B should be fit winters to the missus C-Max and use that when she's not working? I work in schools and they're the first to shut when a snowflake hits the floor so getting to work when it's thick isn't usually a problem, it's if it comes down when I'm at work that I'm worried about.

I assume on a front wheel drive car you don't need rears really?
 

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iv just picked up 4x hankook icebear w300 with 7mm tread on all 4 for £260, £50 fitted at most local tyre fitters,

225/40/18 all round

i got some info off babybmw forum as to sizes but when i rang my local indepenedant all he did was um and rr about the sizes i wanted, so in essence he done himself out of a good £5to600 quids worth of business, so i looked else where,


ebay is worth a shout if not the bimmer forums with or with out wheels just factor in fitting cost,i ended up spending £130 all in with alignement
 
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