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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
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Jun-26-2002, 05:23:00 PM   #1
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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

I feel the 19inch wheels fill out the wheel well better than the 18inch wheels. I have always liked a matching line between the edge of the wheel well lip and what appears to be the edge of the tire/wheel combination. Ride difference is an issue but the car is a firm riding car, and even more firm with 19inch wheels.
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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

To me the 19" wheels looks like someone with really big teeth I think they are too big for the body and style. I'd go with the 18", the perf gains you get with 19" are not worth it in my opinion. Unless you race a lot on the track.
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Old Wed, Jun-26-2002, 05:56:00 PM   #3
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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

This was a tough decision. With the roads here in the bay area I went w/ 18s. But 19s look awesome. Had to go w/ ride quality.
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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

I like the 18" wheels..first i think they look alittle better IMHO. the 19's look almost too big..and the edge of the rim seems to be further out than the tire.

Regarding ride, I have not felt the 19's but the 18's are already pretty firm..especially coming from the E36 M3.

I scratched the wheel on my first E46 M3 with the 18's the first month i had it..not even a curb hit...ran over a couple of markers on the road. I would imagine the 19's especially the way they stick out will be even worse. plus the cost is i think almost $2k for the option! i would rather get some aftermarket if i wanted 19's for that kind of money and still have the 18's.

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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

Well guys, I disagree with your observations.
I've got the 19" and as you can see, they look awesome IMHO. Ride quality is only just abit harsher than the 18" wheels.

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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

ok I stand corrected.

to have that car with that scenery!

very nice.
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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

I ordered my car with 18" and finally bought a cancelled order with 19".I do not regret my choice. I live in Montreal Canada and we have extremely bad roads, the ride is not that bad. It easily compares to my previous car which had thicker tires. One not neglectable cool aspect of the 19" are the dark gray interior which does not seem to get dirty as quickly as light gray ones. And of course, I love big theet...

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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

Does anyone have a close up picture of the 18" rims? Or a link?

Thanks

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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

here's a pic of my first one...

Pic of 18" E46 M3 wheel
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Default 18 Inch Or 19 Inch Wheels

I got the 19" wheels on my topaz blue coupe. I think they make the car. 18" wheels just look too small. I was a little worried about the ride before I got it, but the ride is much better than expected. It rides like a lexus compared to my 91 Porsche 928GT.
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