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3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

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Old 05-07-2004, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2000 323CI with 50,000 miles, auto w/steptronic, steel blue metallic with the aero kit for 18,000.

I need some new wheels i dont like the stock wheels that it came with. Does anyone know anything about these BMW replica wheels? http://www.aaarims.com/specials/bmw-3-18.shtml Are they the same quality as the OEM Brand wheels that are double the price? The M3 wheel looks nice, I want something along those lines.
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Old 05-12-2004, 08:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Replica rims are never as strong as OEM rims. The OEM rims are forged to make them stronger and the replica rims are not. They will bend in the first pothole and sometimes even come from the factory bent. If you live somewhere with smooth roads then maybe its worth it but if you have rough roads with potholes you will spend more just getting them fixed after you bend them. Its a trade off.
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There is also a weight issue.The replicas weigh in a lot heavier.Also you'll often find that while BMW Alloys have a 7.5" or 8.5" rear rim the replicas are the same all round
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