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      08-18-2012, 03:00 AM   #23
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I got the 403 and they look great, grey inside and polished on the outside. The ride with M adaptive suspension is great. 18's look too small for this car. And with blue M sport brakes they're perfect.
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      08-18-2012, 01:33 PM   #24
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so i got the 19s and EBII and after seeing all those EBII pics with 19s I am so happy about my choice and cant wait till the 28th when my ED is scheduled for
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Purely from looks, I like the 403s. The two extra spokes just makes the wheel look more aggressive IMHO.
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      08-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #26
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I really wish that we could get the 328i with the 403s. I too think they just look soooo much better.
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      08-18-2012, 05:47 PM   #27
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I much prefer the 400 as it's a more aggressive and simple design, but wish it was 19" to fill the wheel wells.

I will see how the car looks lowered 1-1.5" and decide if that is enough to keep me from swapping them out for something like VMR 718's.
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      08-19-2012, 12:16 PM   #28
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I ordered 335 m sport in EBII. Need (prefer) dedicated winter tires for half the year where I live, so I'm getting the car with the 19 inch m sport wheels but have also ordered the 18 inch m sport wheels for winter. All m sport all the time! Should be here in a week.
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      08-21-2012, 04:27 PM   #29
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I prefer the look of the 18" 400M, the 19" do look good in the pictures I have seen but my final decision was made based the fact that 19" wheels with run flat tires is a bad idea for Chicago streets, potholes and crappy condition of the streets in general would make a really harsh ride. So 18" with performance was what I picked, Going with a winter wheel/tire setup as well. to me getting AWD with all season is a worse option than getting RWD with snow tires, if you are getting AWD because of cold weather climate, you should go all out and get snow tires as well...

I also find it VERY hard to believe the tires will only last 10,000 miles, who told you that? My Mercedes C63 lasted 6,000 with stock tires which were crap, 10,000 miles with Michelin Pilot Pro Sport and that thing ate tires (aggresive camber and over 400 lbs torque!). My dad's M3 tires lasted him 20,000 miles (doesn't drive that aggressive but thats still pretty good). I would assume the 335i tires will last at least 20,000 if not 25,000 miles with moderate driving. Since I am leasing and using snow tires for at least 1/3 the year, i am hoping my stock tires will last the entire lease with no wear/tear deduction at lease end...
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I prefer the look of the 18" 400M, the 19" do look good in the pictures I have seen but my final decision was made based the fact that 19" wheels with run flat tires is a bad idea for Chicago streets, potholes and crappy condition of the streets in general would make a really harsh ride. So 18" with performance was what I picked, Going with a winter wheel/tire setup as well. to me getting AWD with all season is a worse option than getting RWD with snow tires, if you are getting AWD because of cold weather climate, you should go all out and get snow tires as well...

I also find it VERY hard to believe the tires will only last 10,000 miles, who told you that? My Mercedes C63 lasted 6,000 with stock tires which were crap, 10,000 miles with Michelin Pilot Pro Sport and that thing ate tires (aggresive camber and over 400 lbs torque!). My dad's M3 tires lasted him 20,000 miles (doesn't drive that aggressive but thats still pretty good). I would assume the 335i tires will last at least 20,000 if not 25,000 miles with moderate driving. Since I am leasing and using snow tires for at least 1/3 the year, i am hoping my stock tires will last the entire lease with no wear/tear deduction at lease end...
If the stock RFTs are anything like the bridgestones on the e9x cars, you'll be lucky to get 12-15k miles out of the rears
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      08-24-2012, 11:00 AM   #31
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yes your CA will ask you do you want all season tires or performance tire when you order.
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