I'm thinking about buying a set of used M contours for my
325ci....after thinking about it, I thought about the fact that if I
end up bending or cracking a wheel, I'll be out of luck getting a
replacement without searching endlessly on ebay or posting a WTB ad
here and other BMW forums....and since this wheel is not prodced
anymore regularly(correct me if I'm wrong), it will be a seller's
market(i.e. higher price to replace one wheel or end up buying a whole
set for too much $$$)
same can be said for aftermarket wheels that are or will be
any other pros and cons for buying a discontinued wheel set? I really
like the contours but replacing one will be a pain unless i buy a set
plus one or two extra....
depends.....I use my car as a daily driver over some chewed up roads
in the DC metro area....using ultra high performance tires, I can see
where there might be a much more increased risk of bending or cracking
a wheel....are the OEM contours a strong wheel that the risk of
bending a wheel is really low?
I would buy the BMW M-Coutours instead of ANY aftermarket, and then stay
away from the shit that scratches the rims. It really is not very difficult,
I've been driving for nearly 40 years and the only scratched rim I've ever
owned is one that I got off of eBay. It's vastly better than the rim it
replaced, but only because it is a better size and style, so the minor curb
rash is not an issue.
The point is, you should plan on not damaging a rim, then deal with the
consequences later if that actually happens. You'll never have anything nice
if your outlook on life is the difficulty you might face in the future to
replace something you've screwed up.
Personally, I like the Double Spokes better ...
Yabbut, you live in the land of ultra wide boulevards and (relatively)
smooth roads. Driving the same car in any of the old eastern cities
where the roads were once cart paths is a whole 'nother thing. I tend
to stick with higher profile tires on my cars that I intend to drive in
and around Boston. Low profile, high performance tires and wheels will
not stand up to the abuse of just driving down the road in these cities,
even if you don't bang into curbs.
The roads in my home state (New Hampshire) are *far* superior and I have
no problem with 17" wheels and 45 profile tires here. I just don't take
that car into Beantown.
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