Originally Posted by Manxman1950
+1. Picked up a set of barely used BMW 17" rims and winters for $1,000 and am good to go. Remember that you will need spacers if the rims are narrower than stock, otherwise the winters will look lost. My biggest concern re winter driving is the front lip hitting frozen snow left by snow ploughs - fingers crossed for a mild winter!
My front lip hits all road debris even in the summer so winter isn't fun. Luckily this past winter wasn't too bad so my lip survived.
Whenever there's more then 2-3 inches on the ground your front lip will act like a snowplow though, just re-paint it in summer