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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Feb-05-2018, 03:10:02 PM   #11
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And as Obioban pointed out, the fully optioned power leather seats are only 4lbs heavier, so attempting to draw an analogy there is silly.

19s are just worse at all things.
Yea I tend to do that a lot, English is my second language so itís hard for me to type what I really want to say.

19ís are worse in all things yet all sports car manufacturer are going with 19ís. You guys must be the few brave souls willing to speak out against the mass demand. Like those old guys that lecture ďback in my dayĒ. But sure, 19ís suck.
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19ís are worse in all things yet all sports car manufacturer are going with 19ís. You guys must be the few brave souls willing to speak out against the mass demand. Like those old guys that lecture ďback in my dayĒ. But sure, 19ís suck.
Wheels are relative. 19s are worse on an E46 M3 just like 17s are worse on G series 911. The fact that current cars are equipped with large wheels has no parallel to the E46 M3.

Furthermore, given the recent trends towards other changes that are objectively worse(EPS, turbos, weight, size), I wouldn't cite modern cars as an example of "doing it right".
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Yea I tend to do that a lot, English is my second language so itís hard for me to type what I really want to say.

19ís are worse in all things yet all sports car manufacturer are going with 19ís. You guys must be the few brave souls willing to speak out against the mass demand. Like those old guys that lecture ďback in my dayĒ. But sure, 19ís suck.
Nothing magical about 18" in particular, there's just optimal sizes for each car. E.g. 18s are too big on an e36-- 17s are optimal there.

Modern cars being designed around bigger wheels is separate and unrelated to what's optimal for us.
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Wheels are relative. 19s are worse on an E46 M3 just like 17s are worse on G series 911. The fact that current cars are equipped with large wheels has no parallel to the E46 M3.

Furthermore, given the recent trends towards other changes that are objectively worse(EPS, turbos, weight, size), I wouldn't cite modern cars as an example of "doing it right".
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Nothing magical about 18" in particular, there's just optimal sizes for each car. E.g. 18s are too big on an e36-- 17s are optimal there.

Modern cars being designed around bigger wheels is separate and unrelated to what's optimal for us.
I’m not arguing 19’s perform better than 18’s and I agree with the tire selections.

But our cars came with 19’s stock. It was designed by bmw with 19’s. To say it doesn’t make sense to have 19’s on a car designed from factory with 19’s is a discredit to bmw engineers. Why run 19’s? Maybe for aesthetic reasons? It’s pretty simple and there’s no reason to passive aggressively talk down on 19’s as many of us run it with no problem. It takes few min for us to swap in 18’s to see if we really are missing out on something. It’s not a big deal.
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I have a set of 19” painted black by the previous owner. What would a shop charge to refinish them back to stock? Would it cost less to find another set rather than refinishing them?

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I have a set of 19Ē painted black by the previous owner. What would a shop charge to refinish them back to stock? Would it cost less to find another set rather than refinishing them?
Lmao oem 19ís? If so theyíre hard as hell to refinish. If some company can do it, itíll cost you $700+ (thatís if they can match the original finish). Oem 19ís in mint condition is hard to find and also costly at $1000-$1300 used.

If youíre not too picky just buy a good condition set for $700 and sell yours.
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I didn’t know the finish of the wheel was hard to replicate. I will look for a used set.
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Iím not arguing 19ís perform better than 18ís and I agree with the tire selections.

But our cars came with 19ís stock. It was designed by bmw with 19ís. To say it doesnít make sense to have 19ís on a car designed from factory with 19ís is a discredit to bmw engineers. Why run 19ís? Maybe for aesthetic reasons? Itís pretty simple and thereís no reason to passive aggressively talk down on 19ís as many of us run it with no problem. It takes few min for us to swap in 18ís to see if we really are missing out on something. Itís not a big deal.
Subjective aesthetic reasons for people who value such things would be the only reason it was offered that way.

There is nothing passive aggressive about it, 19"s are just functionally worse.
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Subjective aesthetic reasons for people who value such things would be the only reason it was offered that way.

There is nothing passive aggressive about it, 19"s are just functionally worse.
“For people who value such things”? Lol this is what I mean

Let me go buy some $200 stock 18’s and see what this magical wheel revolution does for me. Maybe I can start belittling 19’s and start discrediting bmw engineers in the process
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Who said anything good about the OE 18s?
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