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      01-06-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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Daughter drives 1999 BMW 328i with 110,000 miles on it and took it in today for 'routine/yearly' check and they found the wheels were dented and needed to be reconditioned or replaced. Would you recondition the Original wheels ($250/per wheel) or buy new wheels from Tire Rack and save quite a bit of money? Thanks!
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      01-06-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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I'd get a second opinion first. If they confirm, I'd go to ebay/cl/junk yard first for a stock replacement.
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Daughter drives 1999 BMW 328i with 110,000 miles on it and took it in today for 'routine/yearly' check and they found the wheels were dented and needed to be reconditioned or replaced. Would you recondition the Original wheels ($250/per wheel) or buy new wheels from Tire Rack and save quite a bit of money? Thanks!
I would do one of two things. First, check out pricing at Tire Rack, and second, go to the Wheels/Tires classified ads on e46Fanatics.com. You could easily get a set of EOMs for less than that, with tires on them. $250 is too steep to recondition those wheels, unless they are really messed up. Our local recondioners here will charge $150-$175/wheel. If they are really messed up, you're better off replacing them anyway, as a straightened wheel is marginally weaker than a new of straight/true wheel.
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      01-07-2009, 02:41 AM   #4
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scour your local craigslist. Anything off a non-M3 E46 will work fine.
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      01-07-2009, 08:18 AM   #5
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I would definitely not pay $250 per wheel to recondition them. As Larry suggested, you could search the forums for a reputable seller and pick up a couple used OEM wheels.

Or just use this as an opportunity to go all out and get a new set from tire rack :biggrin:
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      01-07-2009, 11:07 AM   #6
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The 'new' wheels are on there way from TireRack:thumbup: Sport Edition CD for $69 :wink:

This is what it will look like...

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$250 is too much to recondition a wheel imo. Definitely check for some used ones on bimmerforums, craigslist, ebay, or something. If you can't find anything, I'm sure you can find wheels no Craigslist for less than that and they can often include BMW centercaps.
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