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      11-10-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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Drives: 328xi Sport Wagon
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Germany

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Did I screw up with 16" Winter Tires?

I have an 2011 E91 328xi Sport Wagon which came with 225/45R17 Run Flats.

I ordered off of Tire Rack smaller rims, 205/55R16 (w/Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 tires), for my Winter Set for use in Germany and Austria mostly.

Should I have gone with 17" rims like the ones that came with my car? I ask because I can't find anyone on this site that seem to use less that 17" snow tires with their BMW's. Did I screw up my driving experience or make driving in snow worse?

Plus, the guy at a local garage (in Germany) wondered if putting smaller wheels was legal on a wagon with a large engine. (I thought that very strange, but he was an OPEL mech...). He said something about my car registration having to note that I could use smaller tires.

Would appreciate your thoughts.

Last edited by Faceofboe; 11-13-2011 at 07:33 AM.