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Lensey

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2,402 posts

163 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
We have a 30d 2012 X5 and now the winter is creeping up I'm wondering if it is worth getting a set of winter wheels and tyres on it? Has anyone have any pointers regarding this subject? Any info would be much appreciated.

theboss

1,612 posts

99 months

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I've been quoted £2k by my dealer for a set (for 2012 40d) - some discount could probably be negotiated and they will fit and store.

Otherwise you've got a few other options -

Search on Ebay for a complete set, tick the box to include EU as you'll get lots in Germany and Austria where they are as good as mandatory. I did this very successfully for an E65 last winter and of course the Euro rate has improved considerably since then. You could expect to get an OEM set with a couple of years use and 5-7mm on the tyres for 800-1000 euros delivered.

Or just find anyone selling an old set of E70 compatible alloys on Ebay or on forum classified ads and sort the tyres yourself.

I'll probably go for the ebay.de option myself and get a complete set.

I haven't had them on an X5 before as I've only recently acquired the car but had them on my wife's E83 X3 the last few winters and they have been staggeringly good when we've had snow and ice.

LeoSayer

4,599 posts

124 months

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Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme get good reviews and I'm pretty sure they're available in all the correct sizes for the X5. They're not runflats though.

You often see sets of X5 18" wheels for under £500 on ebay.

I've got Conti M&S tyres on my X5 at the moment. Not true winter tyres but hopefully will give as bit more grip in the white stuff.

Pablo16v

1,026 posts

77 months

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LeoSayer said:
Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme get good reviews and I'm pretty sure they're available in all the correct sizes for the X5. They're not runflats though.

You often see sets of X5 18" wheels for under £500 on ebay.

I've got Conti M&S tyres on my X5 at the moment. Not true winter tyres but hopefully will give as bit more grip in the white stuff.
My folks previous two ML's had 19" Conti M&S tyres and they were pretty good in the white stuff so hopefully they will give your X5 some extra grip.

Cheib

8,426 posts

55 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
One thing if you are looking at alloys on eBay. X6 wheels are a different fit apparently....I looked at buying some last year and was given conflicting advice but it seems they don't fit.
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ashway

170 posts

45 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
i bought a set of staggered 19's off ebay and 4 four vredestein wintrac extremes from camskill. All ready to go when the cold weather arrives

Simond S

4,180 posts

157 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
Cheib said:
One thing if you are looking at alloys on eBay. X6 wheels are a different fit apparently....I looked at buying some last year and was given conflicting advice but it seems they don't fit.
you need a spigot ring for the rear axle

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300562844972?ssPageName=...


Cheib

8,426 posts

55 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
Simond S said:
Cheib said:
One thing if you are looking at alloys on eBay. X6 wheels are a different fit apparently....I looked at buying some last year and was given conflicting advice but it seems they don't fit.
you need a spigot ring for the rear axle

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300562844972?ssPageName=...
Wish I'd known about them last year....

Gramrugby

281 posts

88 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
We had an X5 as a loan car after writing off a Range Rover. It was a bog standard model with low profile tyres. It was absolutely useless in snow. Best to be prepared.

rassi

1,403 posts

131 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
How strange that an X6 has different centre bores front/rear?

X5 E70 = PCD 5x120, centre bore 74.0mm and M14x1.25 bolt thread. ET 37-53

X6 E71 = PCD 5x120, centre bore FRONT 74.0mm, centre bore REAR 72.5mm and M14x1.5 bolt thread.


8Tech

929 posts

78 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
To get back to the OP's question, unless you encounter severe conditions, the standard wheels and tyres are fine. I used proper sports tyres over the last 3 winters in the snow, and had no problems whilst driving appropriately.

When driving for fun in the snow, the 4 wheel drive works very well and slides are very predictable and controllable. You really do have to drive badly to warrant the expense of winter wheels and tyres.

mattwatson

28 posts

25 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
I think a big consideration is where in the country are you based OP? How reliant are you on your car for work? i.e. can you jump on the bus on bad days?

I live up North and use the car alot for work. Lots of steep roads where I live too. Have an e46 coupe which was useless until I bought some 16" wheels with winter tyres. Transformed the car no end!!! can not recommend enough.

I would go down the ebay route for some used alloys and also buy some part-worn winter tyres. 5-6mm can be had at a good price.

Gramrugby

281 posts

88 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
Thank you, your quite correct. I was trying to be constructive and assist the original poster. As usual an "expert" comes along knows better. I live in the North of Scotland. However I work in London Mon - Thurs, where I drive a 7 series. I have never been unable to drive to work in the snow there.

Simond S

4,180 posts

157 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
rassi said:
How strange that an X6 has different centre bores front/rear?

X5 E70 = PCD 5x120, centre bore 74.0mm and M14x1.25 bolt thread. ET 37-53

X6 E71 = PCD 5x120, centre bore FRONT 74.0mm, centre bore REAR 72.5mm and M14x1.5 bolt thread.
X6 has the same trick rear axle as M5 IIRC.


AndrewO

389 posts

63 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
Our X5 had 315 width rears on which were useless in any snow. Got rid of those and put a set of 19" X6 alloys on, fronts are a straight swop, rears need a small amount of work to fit

I picked up a new set of OEM BMW X5 19" winter wheel/tyres for £1k in the classifieds. They are non RFT, the ride quality is just amazing. Difference is like going from a X3 to an X5

St John Smythe

4,257 posts

97 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
matttson said:
I think a big consideration is where in the country are you based OP? How reliant are you on your car for work? i.e. can you jump on the bus on bad days?

I live up North and use the car alot for work. Lots of steep roads where I live too. Have an e46 coupe which was useless until I bought some 16" wheels with winter tyres. Transformed the car no end!!! can not recommend enough.

I would go down the ebay route for some used alloys and also buy some part-worn winter tyres. 5-6mm can be had at a good price.
This.

OP, if you live in the North then go for it but in the South East it's a waste of time, save your money.

janahan9

70 posts

27 months

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I've got the style 177 19" wheels with continental winter tyres,bought last year for just over £2000. Found them to be very good last winter,brilliant in the snow and ice, but as I live down south, only about a weeks snow to deal with and only around 3000miles done on them. Wondering now if it's worth keeping or whether to sell them!

ashway

170 posts

45 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
winter tyres are not just for snow and ice though, all the blurb says they're more effective than summer tyres when temperatures drop below 7 degrees, Up here in Co Durham its been 2-4 degrees every night for a week although day time is still 10-12degrees so not cold enough for me to swap just yet.

On another note has anyone been able to source wheel storage bags to fit 20inch wheels, I know Audi do them but would prefer either BMW or unbranded if possible. I use them on the kids mini wheels and they're a great solution but can't find them big enough for the X5. In the US they do BMW wheel totes but trying to avoid the hassle of importing them

theboss

1,612 posts

99 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
janahan9 said:
I've got the style 177 19" wheels with continental winter tyres,bought last year for just over £2000. Found them to be very good last winter,brilliant in the snow and ice, but as I live down south, only about a weeks snow to deal with and only around 3000miles done on them. Wondering now if it's worth keeping or whether to sell them!
If you decide to sell them, give me a shout.

rj1986

811 posts

48 months

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Sunday 14th October 2012 quote quote all
Last year, we had about 3-4" of snow down here- went to Milton Keynes with stock 275+315 with dunlop sports, and it didn't even phase it.
I've now got Cooper Xeon 4XS on the front and Toyo Proxes will be on the rear come winter- we'll find out how good they are.

But i did see some Vredstien's that fitted the 315/35/20 for about 215 fitted
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