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      06-18-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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400M 18" vs 403M 19"

Which ones did you pick? I am not sure what to do . the 403M come with summer performance tires and I heard they last about 10k miles + i will need winter tires as well since i live in Chicago and the 400M come with the all season tires. What do you guys suggest??? Thanks I personally like the 403M more but I don't feel like spending about $1600 every year on tires
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      06-18-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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Which ones did you pick? I am not sure what to do . the 403M come with summer performance tires and I heard they last about 10k miles + i will need winter tires as well since i live in Chicago and the 400M come with the all season tires. What do you guys suggest??? Thanks I personally like the 403M more but I don't feel like spending about $1600 every year on tires
I went with the all-seasons. I don't have a garage where I can store 4 extra snow tires. And I'm too lazy to switch them out every season as well. I've had all-seasons on all my BMWs. Just more convenient.
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      06-18-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Go with the 400 and get an aftermarket set of rims. After seeing the newest outdoor pictures of the 403 rim they look ok but nothing great.
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      06-18-2012, 11:11 PM   #4
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I would pick the 19s
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      06-19-2012, 12:55 AM   #5
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the 400M come with the all season tires
You have the choice for either tire type with the 18s. I live in FL, so summer tires all year round.

I prefer the look of the 18s. My preference added to the fact that 18s are cheaper to replace and have more sidewall for comfort confirmed my decision.

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      06-19-2012, 01:28 AM   #6
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I would pick the 19s
+1 .

18"wheels on an M sport F30 look too small imo.

For me, summertyres and switching to winters when necessary.

Reading a few posts, it's not only a matter of taste and sportiness but more a matter of money. Which isn't a bad thing, it's the real world, but remember there are cheaper ways of transportation than a BMW

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      06-19-2012, 01:40 AM   #7
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I went with the 18 staggered setup, but I'm also going back and forth with the 19"s. I don't live in chicago much of the time any more, but having lived in chicago for many years, I'd go with the 18"s. I'd more worry about the ride and damaging the rims on potholes.
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I went with the 18 staggered setup, but I'm also going back and forth with the 19"s. I don't live in chicago much of the time any more, but having lived in chicago for many years, I'd go with the 18"s. I'd more worry about the ride and damaging the rims on potholes.
Were you able to get all seasons with the staggered setup?
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Don't want to knock anyone else's ride, but 18's on this car just doesn't look right (asthetically) IMO. 19's was the only option. 20s make the car look "gangsta" which is also NOT a look I want. 19s seems to be the right look for the car. That said, I understand practicality sometimes over rides asthetics. I will also be getting 19" winters (which are also quite pricey). Live in Toronto, so Winters are a must.
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Don't want to knock anyone else's ride, but 18's on this car just doesn't look right (asthetically) IMO. 19's was the only option. 20s make the car look "gangsta" which is also NOT a look I want. 19s seems to be the right look for the car. That said, I understand practicality sometimes over rides asthetics. I will also be getting 19" winters (which are also quite pricey). Live in Toronto, so Winters are a must.
Totally agree on the 19" - that's what I went for and would be my recommendation. Size looks sporty executive without being ( and looking ) impractical.
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My CA told me that if I were to buy the 328i then I could not choose the 403M as an option
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Don't want to knock anyone else's ride, but 18's on this car just doesn't look right (asthetically) IMO. 19's was the only option. 20s make the car look "gangsta" which is also NOT a look I want. 19s seems to be the right look for the car. That said, I understand practicality sometimes over rides asthetics. I will also be getting 19" winters (which are also quite pricey). Live in Toronto, so Winters are a must.
Have you run 19's with winters before? I would think they would be too big (not enough side wall) to be effective, especially if you're getting RWD. Have you (or anyone else on here) had success with 19's and snows on a RWD?

I'm always torn between maintaining good looks and getting better traction on my winter set ups, but usually go down a size even with AWD vehicles.
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Were you able to get all seasons with the staggered setup?
Didn't try, but I know they are available [on the 335]. There are more tire options for winter and all seasons in the 18s size too. Staggered or not, it was the same number of options since the sizes are fairly standard. It also depends if you have space to store an extra set of wheels too. (if that is the route you want to take).
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Have you run 19's with winters before? I would think they would be too big (not enough side wall) to be effective, especially if you're getting RWD. Have you (or anyone else on here) had success with 19's and snows on a RWD?

I'm always torn between maintaining good looks and getting better traction on my winter set ups, but usually go down a size even with AWD vehicles.
I've heard this as well (RE: 19" winter tires), but aside from cost, traction is the same - as far as I've been told (as that ultimately is the only variable at play when it comes to winter driving). Tire tread that cuts into the snow and tire compound is the same whether you go 18' or 19", you're just limited in terms of tire selection and cost goes up quite a bit. Haven't driven w/ 19's myself, so open to feedback from others...
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i picked 18". i think it looks better and easy to clean
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      06-19-2012, 02:27 PM   #16
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I think I will just get the 19's and by these http://www.michelinman.com/tire-sele...s/tire-details same size as the ones that come stock
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I got the 403M so that I can put the winter tyres on them and will get a set of 20" for the summer.
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      06-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #18
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Did anyone test drive the car with both 18s and 19s? whats the comfort difference? I only drove the one with 18s and it was very comfortable
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Totally agree on the 19" - that's what I went for and would be my recommendation. Size looks sporty executive without being ( and looking ) impractical.
DO you know if I could fit these tires http://www.michelinman.com/tire-sele...s/tire-details
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Some people drive BMWs for performance, others for looks. IMO, 18" or 19" is not that big a difference unless you're entering your car into auto events where this stuff matters. For those of us in more dynamic climates, all-seasons makes practical sense. Especially if you don't have a garage to store winter tires or the ability to drag them to the shop to get them switched out every winter. I say if you live in the sunbelt, summer tires are easily a viable option. BMWs are already expensive. I don't want to have to worry about tires if I don't have to.
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Has anyone seen 403M in person, are they chrome?
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Has anyone seen 403M in person, are they chrome?
They're sort of machine polished I think. I haven't seen them in person. They do remind me of the finish on E46 M3s, if you know what I'm talking about.

I'm thinking of ordering the 18s since I think they look better, I'm not as much a fan of the polished look.
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