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      10-20-2006, 08:25 PM   #1
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Just got my winter tires from TireRack (in Canada)

For any Canadians interested in what it costs to import tires/rims from TireRack here is the breakdown of what I paid. I bought 205/55R16 Blizzak LM22 RFT on ASA JH3 rims (wanted the Dunlops but they are backordered until December in this size).

Cost breakdown:
  • Tires - $580US = $659.29CA
  • Rims - $396US = $450.13CA
  • Shipping - $144.96US = $164.78CA
  • UPS Brokerage fee = $74.42CA (includes GST)
  • GST = $70.96CA
  • PST = $94.61CA
  • Duty on tires - 7% = $46.15CA
  • Duty on wheels - 6% = $27.01CA

Total = $1587.35CA.

My local dealership wanted $1750 +tx = $1995CA for the same tires on steel wheels . So I saved myself over $400 and got a much nicer looking set of wheels.

I also took a look at TireTrends to see what it would have cost to order the same tire/wheel combo from a Canadian company and the same combo would have cost $1759.18 (including GST - if you live in BC or the atlantic provinces it is a bit more). The dealerships really do overcharge.
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      10-21-2006, 01:24 PM   #2
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Nice, mine are still at the border being held up with a backlog of paperwork. I went Fedex to lower brokerage but I think UPS would have been more efficient. Fedex has been waiting to fax me the bill since last Monday!! I called Friday and they still didn't think they would fax it till next week. WTF! Anyways looks good that Tirerack is still cheaper than canadian companies!

I got 17" ASA JH3 and 225/45/17 Dunlops M3 DSSTs, the dealer wanted $3500 for Blizzacks and alloys or ~$2000 for blizzacks and steel! I estimated mine coming in at less than $1900!
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      10-21-2006, 04:25 PM   #3
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The brokerage fee wasn't all that much. I had heard before of someone paying over $300 but that must have also included the taxes (which you have to pay no matter where you buy - you Alberta people are lucky enough to escape any PST though). I am curious how much Fedex will charge you. Let me know also how much duty you pay on the Dunlops. I guess the Bridgestones are not made in the US so I had to pay 7% duty on them.

As far as mine are concerned, I was quite surprised at how quick they were delivered. They were only shipped from TireRack on Monday night and they arrived at my door on Friday afternoon. Less than 4 days is good to have them shipped/imported from the US.

I would have rather had the Dunlops (heard better things about them) but unfortunately they were backordered until December in the 16" size.
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      10-21-2006, 05:28 PM   #4
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Just so you know, I paid a grand total of CDN$1893.84 for the 17" set that I posted here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33883 That includes $61.42 in shipping and 6% GST.
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      10-22-2006, 03:02 AM   #5
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I just got the EXACT same wheels from tirerack too! the stupid thing is I asked for BMW center caps with them, and the sales rep misundertood me and sent me stickers of the bmw logo instead. when i called him back about it he told me that this application doesn't fit the center caps they have... oh well, they're still great wheel.. and a great price too!
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      10-22-2006, 06:00 PM   #6
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I just got the EXACT same wheels from tirerack too! the stupid thing is I asked for BMW center caps with them, and the sales rep misundertood me and sent me stickers of the bmw logo instead. when i called him back about it he told me that this application doesn't fit the center caps they have... oh well, they're still great wheel.. and a great price too!
I got the same stickers. They are to stick on to the center hub of your wheels. They go on easy enough and are supposed to stay. Others have used the same and the stickers have stayed on through at least one winter. I put mine on the other day and will try to get a picture of what the stickers look like on the wheels.
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I got the same stickers. They are to stick on to the center hub of your wheels. They go on easy enough and are supposed to stay. Others have used the same and the stickers have stayed on through at least one winter. I put mine on the other day and will try to get a picture of what the stickers look like on the wheels.
Are these stickers too?
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      10-22-2006, 06:34 PM   #8
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Those look like they may actually be real BMW center hubs. I could be wrong though. I believe that TireRack used to have BMW center hubs that fit the JH3 rims but ran out a while back. Check out this topic http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...t=29571&page=2. About half way down this page there are some pictures of these wheels with the stickers on.
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      10-25-2006, 01:27 PM   #9
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I went Fedex to lower brokerage...
The last time I had wheels & tires sent from the U.S. I also wanted to use FedEx for this reason, but they did not offer FedEx ground, only air which was not cost efficient.
Were yours sent air, and if so was it reasonable?
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Fedex Canada Ground is the name of alternate method available by special request. Just let me know when ordering through me or refer to 'Gary/E90post use Fedex' as your previous contact when ordering online.

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Don't bother using Fedex, it will save you maybe 20-30 bucks (I'll let you know when I get the bill maybe next year!)and my tires have been at the border since October 16 and just today they faxed me the POA form to allow them to enter Canada. Another poster got his UPS in 3 days from ordering. My next tires will go UPS!
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Ordered M3 DSST and ASA JH3's from tirerack on Monday pm. I received them this afternoon. Pretty impressive turnaround time.
Duties totaled $ 354.01 CAD.
Brokerage fees were $79.00 and are were included in this amount.
Grand total taking into account the exchange rate was approx $1880 CAD.

What is everyone doing now with regards to installing their winters . Are you using a shop and if so what kind of pricing? If installing yourself what jack are you using. Anyone use the Canadian tire motomaster jacks?
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Hello,

Does anyone have pictures of their new winter wheel from different angles?

With the tire mounted on the wheels, would be nice and on the car even better.

I've seen the pictures on TireRack, but non seem to satisfy what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance.

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Hello,

Anyone has pictures of their new winter wheel from different angles?

With the tire is mounted on it, would be nice and on the car even better.

I've seen the pictures on TireRack, but non seem to satisfy what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance.
I'll mount my winter set this Saturday or Sunday, so will post photos as soon as possible.
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Hello,

Anyone has pictures of their new winter wheel from different angles?

With the tire is mounted on it, would be nice and on the car even better.

I've seen the pictures on TireRack, but non seem to satisfy what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance.
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      10-27-2006, 04:58 AM   #16
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Much better than the ones on TireRack

Very nice for winters, congrats!

If ever you have some from 3/4 rear or front view ... would be great.

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I'll mount my winter set this Saturday or Sunday, so will post photos as soon as possible.


Two more questions;
1) Are the Dunlops RunFlats?
2) Why Dunlop vs the Bridgestone Blizaks LM22s?
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      10-27-2006, 09:18 AM   #17
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Ordered M3 DSST and ASA JH3's from tirerack on Monday pm. I received them this afternoon. Pretty impressive turnaround time.
Duties totaled $ 354.01 CAD.
Brokerage fees were $79.00 and are were included in this amount.
Grand total taking into account the exchange rate was approx $1880 CAD.

What is everyone doing now with regards to installing their winters . Are you using a shop and if so what kind of pricing? If installing yourself what jack are you using. Anyone use the Canadian tire motomaster jacks?
The $351.01 is not just duty and brokerage fees. It includes your sales tax as well which you would have had to pay even if you bought in Canada.
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The $351.01 is not just duty and brokerage fees. It includes your sales tax as well which you would have had to pay even if you bought in Canada.
But a purchase from within Canada but out of province would have only incurred GST, at least for Ontario.
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Much better than the ones on TireRack
Very nice for winters, congrats!
If ever you have some from 3/4 rear or front view ... would be great.
I'll try to take some today if I remember.

Edit: Ok, I remembered... my online gallery is updated to include some daylight 3/4 shots of the car. Go up a few posts for the URL.
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I'll try to take some today if I remember.

Edit: Ok, I remembered... my online gallery is updated to include some daylight 3/4 shots of the car. Go up a few posts for the URL.
Gos; I have to say: "You're the Man!" :rocks:

Thank you very much, it's perfect & very appreciated...
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Hello,

I spoke to my CA about the winter wheels and the fact the dealer pricing is a little out of whack @ CAD$2895 (4 style 158 wheels + 4 Blizzak LM22RFT) for a 2007 E90 335i.

So we spoke about the fact that some reputable providers have packages @ around CAD$1700 to CAD$1900 ... he was pretty O.K. until then. So, he asked me about the way the car will detect a flat or low pressure, I told him about the TPMS sensors which seem to be OEM sensors recommended by the vendor. He did a printout of and and checked with hi technical department.

He just called me and told me that BMW does not have TPMS sensors in their wheels, that it's a sensors in the ABS Systems that measure the rotation or something like it to detect a difference in optimal pressure.

So he simply tells me to be careful and to check this out as well as hub fitment.


I just want to make sure, because this is one powerful little puppy and over the years the seat of pants have proven very sensitive to any abnormal wheel/tire vibration.

So what do you think?

Does any one have very technical info, a ".pdf" or pictures on the way BMW detects loss of pressure?
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Hello,

I spoke to my CA about the winter wheels and the fact the dealer pricing is a little out of whack @ CAD$2895 (4 style 158 wheels + 4 Blizzak LM22RFT) for a 2007 E90 335i.

So we spoke about the fact that some reputable providers have packages @ around CAD$1700 to CAD$1900 ... he was pretty O.K. until then. So, he asked me about the way the car will detect a flat or low pressure, I told him about the TPMS sensors which seem to be OEM sensors recommended by the vendor. He did a printout of and and checked with hi technical department.

He just called me and told me that BMW does not have TPMS sensors in their wheels, that it's a sensors in the ABS Systems that measure the rotation or something like it to detect a difference in optimal pressure.

So he simply tells me to be careful and to check this out as well as hub fitment.


I just want to make sure, because this is one powerful little puppy and over the years the seat of pants have proven very sensitive to any abnormal wheel/tire vibration.

So what do you think?

Does any one have very technical info, a ".pdf" or pictures on the way BMW detects loss of pressure?
I believe that E90s use the ABS sensors to detect low pressure. From what I have heard the 335i sold in the States uses the in-wheel sensors but the 335i sold in Canada still uses the ABS sensors. The reason for the difference is due to American regulations. The in-wheel sensors are supposed to be better but the ABS sensors should work fine.
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