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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Nov-24-2017, 04:26:55 AM   #11
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Default Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

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I believe Tirerack shows 16 inch as option. So either 16 or 17 inch will work.
Some aftermarket 16 wheels do fit, not all and none of the BMW 16 wheels of the E36 era fit.




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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

Your best bet is a set of stock wheels with 225/45/17 studless snow tires, and keep another set with summer tires. If you have staggered wheels the 225 will stretch on the rear a little bit, but it's fine. Most 16" will not clear the brakes.
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Old Fri, Nov-24-2017, 04:31:43 PM   #13
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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

In the Charlotte area, I know a guy that just bought an M (mine) with a great, near new set of Blizzaks on it. He will be looking to put on something better suited for the warm South ASAP. Depending on where you are, it could be an easy swap.
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Old Fri, Nov-24-2017, 09:26:27 PM   #14
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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

Where are you picking it up from and where are you driving to? I drove my black m3 Home on all seasons from Chicago to Michigan in a winter snow storm, slow and steady when there’s little traffic is the way to go. Also drove my blue m3 for a Michigan winter with new all seasons and didn’t have problems except for black ice areas and snow above 4 inches. If you’re just getting the car home you’ll be fine as long as you take it easy.
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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

Having daily driven my M3 100% of the time in the NE for the last 4.5 years, I can say that all seasons have served me well. I daily drove e30's in the same region on all seasons for about 10 years before that.

Tire tech has come a LONG way and while I have owned my M3 they have never left me wanting. Personally, I think its very silly to say that they are terrible in both summer and winter. Certainly we can say that having a dedicated tire type for the right season is ideal, but the alternative is nowhere near as bad as some are claiming hahah. If all season tires left something to be desired I would have switched to a dedicated summer/winter setup a long time ago. Currently I am on BFG Gforce comp A/S, and will switch to michelins next year. The BFG's are fine, no complaints.
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Old Sat, Nov-25-2017, 01:37:01 AM   #16
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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

Depends on where you live and the conditions you want to drive in. I would not run all seasons in winter on my 99 M3 in NH where I live. I have run 215/50/17 and 225/45/17 snows on 17x7.5s. Ideally I would have 3 sets of wheels, since the hard core summer or R compounds that I run are not very good in early spring or late fall.
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I would never recommend to not have proper snow tires for winter with any car that deals with DD snow duty. My examples was for moving the car after purchases. The year I daily drove my car full time through Michigan winter I had Blizzaks and still almost put it into a wall on multiple occasions due to ice. If you’ve never driven in snow with GOOD snow tires then you really have to experience it to become a believer. Everyone who I’ve convinced to buy snow tires have said they don’t know how they’ve driven without them all their life’s. Granted, all seasons are better these days, but it’s still a night and day difference.
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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

I've got a set of Contours with new studded snows I'm looking to sell.
Send me a message if your interested.
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Default Re: Just bought a 95 M3, need winter wheel advice

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I'm picking up in Boise and driving to Portland. Right now the roads are looking good, but this could change by Wednesday. I'm going to have to watch the weather closely.

The car will likely not see snow or freezing temps again, making dedicated snow tires unnecessary. It may also not see snow on the drive home, no way for me to tell.

It's currently got Hankook Ventus HR IIs on it with about 12k miles on them. It's also currently got a square setup, so I believe they are the original wheels.
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Then I’d hope for good weather and drive on the tires on the car.
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