Depending upon the model, the wheels are 16", 17" or 18". Also
the width changes. For instance, the OEM 325i wheels are either
16x7 or 17x7.5. All 330xi wheels are 17x7. 330i wheels are
either 17x7, or 18"x??? with sport packages.
As you can tell, I bought a set of 17x7.5 325i sport package wheels
for my 330xi for summer use.
so, are the brakes bigger on the 330xi?
I have a deal on replica bmw wheels that were tested and fit on a 330i in
16" with no issues.
Will they fit the Xi as well?
or are the 330 models different when it comes to brakes...?
all 330's have same brakes whether xi or not.
there was a slight manufacturing change in '02 from '01 but is doesn't
necessity for a 17" wheel
you should NOT use a 16" on a 330 even if you can squeeze them over the
you need the space for cooling and if driving in winter, snow and ice build
your brakes will over heat, boil your fluid and greatly reduce your stopping
stick with 17" or higher.
the 330xi multispoke design 17" wheels are 7" and you should stick to 205
if you want wider you do require a wider rim.
I hear your points, but Tirerack.com list a 16" wheel for winter for the
xi... and the dealer tells me they come from the factory with 16" unless you
take the 17" package, so ......... I am leaning to the side that says they
But please, tell me any other info you have to share.\
I am in Montreal, so we have the same winter as you, I appreciate your info.
I spoke to a dealer today, he clearly told me that the 17" is an OPTION, 16
is standard on 330.
But not all 16" wheels will fit.
look on tirerack and you'll see there are 2 wheels available for the 330 in
No 330 has ever come from the factory with a 16"
and i said factory 16" wheels
there are some aftermarket that will fit but BMW does not sell
a 16" wheel for the 330 for the reasons i mentioned earlier
That is correct; the dealer/salesman doesn't know shit. I have
the 3-series sales brochure and it clearly shows all 330 with 17".
Although 330xi doesn't like 16", IMO it's no big deal unless you're
tracking it. As far as his complaint about snow building up on the
wheels, take it from me that I get plenty on my 17", especially after
running through snow/slush - say hello to unbalanced wheels.
FloydR '01 330xi
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