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Morning everyone!

I hope this post is in the right place - it's my first time here!

I recently purchased an E82 (62 plate) 118d in Sports Plus trim. It's my first RWD car and I want to make sure I am as safe as I can be come winter time here in the UK.

I'm looking to purchase a winter wheel & tyre setup. Afer struggling to make sense of what wheels I should be buying, I enquired at the dealer as to what the spec for winter wheels would be for my car, but was told they don't have any of that information and they only hold it for the current line up of vehicles? :sleep:

So my long winded post leads me to ask - what are the reccomended winter wheel set-ups for my car / what have others found that works? Ideally I wouldn't like to spend the world on the wheels, but of course, a good winter set-up is the priority.

I have no problem purchasing a seperate set of winter wheels - in fact, it is my preference.

Any help is massively appreciated.
 

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Welcome!

I’d be extremely tempted to just fit a set of crossclimates to your current wheels. They're a perfect balance for a daily driven 118d, unless you live in the highlands or somewhere equally snowy and like to pull a scandi flick or two on the way to tesco in all weathers. I had a set on my 130i for a full year and was running rings around 4x4s during our 3-4 days of snow/slush.

The official winters would have been one of the following:
  • Style 12 (steel wheel) – 15x6.5 ET42 – 195/65/15 91H non-RFT
  • Style 12 (steel wheel) – 15x7 ET47 – 215/60/15 94H non-RFT
  • Style 12 (steel wheel) – 16x6.5 ET42 – 195/55/16 87H RFT
  • Style 12 (steel wheel) – 16x7 ET44 – 205/55/16 91H non-RFT
  • Style 139 – 16x6.5 ET42 – 195/55R16 87H RFT
  • Style 141 – 17x7 ET47 – 205/50/17 89H RFT
  • Style 229 – 16x6.5 ET42 – 195/55R16 87H RFT
  • Style 229 – 16x7 ET44 – 205/55R16 91H non-RFT
  • Style 256 – 17x7 ET47 – 205/50/17 89H RFT
If you're looking at used sets, make sure they're <5 years old and have a good 5mm+ of tread depth remaining; by around 4mm or much after 5 years, their snow/ice performance will be approaching non-existent.
 

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Nyxeris, that is amazing information, thank you!

The crossclimates might be a good option - I have read and watched many reviews about them being a relatively good performer.

My next question would be about replacing my current tyres. The 118d is on 313M wheels, 7.5J front and 8.5J rear (I believe), with 215/40/18 and 245/35/18's respectively.

I notice that BlackCircles etc. don't do crossclimates to fit the rears, only the fronts. What would be my options for playing with tyre widths for the best fitment/overall performance? Could I go slightly taller rear or slightly wider front, for example?

Thanks.

Edit: Typo's.
 

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Assuming 303 was a typo and you're on 313s, members very commonly fit 225/40 front and 255/35 rear; CC2 are available in both, and 225s are usually much cheaper than BMW's weird choice of 215 too!

235/40 is also a popular rear choice for winters/all seasons; you get better grip in the cold/wet from the skinnier rubber, but you sacrifice rim protection and the sidewalls are a bit taller.
 
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