New 2012 F30 BMW 328i and 335i Winter Wheels and Snow Tires FAQ

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The new 2012 / 2013 BMW 3 Series sedans (known in some enthusiast circles by the chassis number "F30") will be going through their first winter season this year. Like previous BMW 3 Series cars, the 2012 sedans are available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models. 

The Original Equipment tires on the car are either summer performance tires or high-speed rated all-seasons. If you live in an area that sees snow during the winter months you should be considering a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

How can I see which wheels will fit the new 2012 BMW 3 Series sedans?
  1. Go to the winter section of our website.
  2. Select the make, year and model of your vehicle using the drop down menu under the heading titled "Shop vehicle make and year".
  3. Select the size of the wheel that you would like under the heading titled "Build Your Own Package". 
  4. The resulting page will show you winter / snow tires. To proceed to the winter wheels, click on the text towards the right side of the page that reads "Skip to wheels". 
What are the recommended Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package sizes? 
  • A large selection of 18"  diameter wheels fit and work well with the tire size 225/45R18.  Both run-flat and non-run-flat winter tires are made in this size.
  • Even if your vehicle came with 18"  or 19" wheels, you may want to consider minus sizing to 17" wheels with the tire size 225/50R17 for more effective winter traction. Run-flat and non-run-flat winter tires are also available in this size.
  • If you own a 328i, you can even minus size to 16" with the size 225/55R16, although only non-run-flat options are made in this size.  
Did the TPMS sensors change from the previous 3 Series?
 
Yes. BMW changed to a different TPMS sensor for the new F30 2012 BMW 3 Series. This means that new sensors will need to be purchased unless you're reusing the sensors from the original wheels on your new F30. No worries, Tire Rack has the correct sensors available for sale. 


I kept my old wheels from my 2007-2011 BMW 335i, will they fit my new 2012 3 Series sedan?

Most winter wheels that fit the E90 335i will also fit the new F30. Just keep in mind that the new F30 does use taller tires than the E90 and uses different TPMS sensors. As always, be sure to test fit to check for clearance before driving on them.

Get a head start on safe driving this winter by building your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!  

 

Comments on New 2012 F30 BMW 328i and 335i Winter Wheels and Snow Tires FAQ

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by michael:
I have 225/45/17 winters on ASA rims from my 2007 335 that I would like to use on my F30 335xdrive. I don't need the sensors because I'm in Canada. Can I use them on the F30 and what will the downside to using 45 profile tires instead of the recommended 50?
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Gary:
Michael,

Yes, you can use the shorter 225/45R17 size on the new F30. The tires are an inch shorter in diameter so the speedometer will read faster and the lower profile tires ride more stiffly than a 225/50R17. You should run the tires at 36psi or higher to maintain the proper load capacity.
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Lee:
in your testing of winter driving...what advantages do to see of the AWD having over RWD ...both with winter tires.
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Gary:
AWD models have better acceleration and slightly better cornering when accelerating, but no advantage in braking.
Monday, February 11, 2013 by Leer:
Why do do down-sized wheels/tires have better winter traction? Does the downsized tire have a narrower foot print?
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Gary:
Leer,

Downsizing typically allows for a more narrow tread width tire to be used.


The more narrow tread width bites into and through the snow rather than a wider tread patter which tend to float over the snow.

Shop Wheel Tire Packages by Vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Steven L:
Hi there, I bought a winter tire package 18" from tirerack for my 135i msport. I'm getting a 13' 335xi msport with the large blue brakes, will my 17" wheels fit? What should I look for when test fitting (other than obviously getting them fully on without contact with the calipers).
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Gary:
Steven,

What exact size and model of wheel are you asking about fitment on?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Lee:
Hi, I bought a new set of tires/rims for my 2013 335ix, but now my TPMS keep alarming. How can you reset the system? I did that via the iDrive, but it keeps alarming. Is there a fix, or only fix action is taking back to the dealer for a reset?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Gary:
If you purchased new TPMS sensors with your package, the instructions to sync them is in the owners manual.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Alan:
I am looking ofr a winter wheel and tire package for a BMW 435i and am not sure whether I need pressure sensors as I believe the BMW uses an indirect system that is part of the ABS. Do I need to purchase sensors or does the indirect system provide this function.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Gary:
Alan,

I'm sorry, we do not get any BMW models by the name of 435i here in the USA, so I am not familiar with whether or not the car has direct or indirect tire pressure monitoring.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Steve:
Hi, I have a 2013 335i xDrive with the M-sport pack and optional 19 inch tires (18 inch standard). Can I go to either a 225 50R17 or 205 50R17 tire all around.
Thanks
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Gary:
Steve,

If this is for the new boy style sedan as opposed to the older body style two door model, you can minus size to 17" using tire size 225/50R17.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Steve L:
Hi Gary,
Can you point me in the right direction? I have the MSPORT brake package on my 2013 335xdrive and want to be sure I select the correct wheel. I've read that not all 18" winter wheels will fit.
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Gary:
Steve L,

If you have the Msport brake package, select the 335i "BMW PERFORMANCE BRAKE OPTION" from the drop down menus when shopping for wheels to assure that the resulting list are those that will clear the optional larger brakes. Feel free to email me your final choice to look over and double check before ordering.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Steve L:
Gary,
I searched all 2013 335 variants, can't find that drop down anywhere.
Can you send me 18" options that will fit the large blue brakes? I remember seeing a post on the net that clear the MSport 370MM brakes. Can you send?
Steve
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by adam:
Hi Gary,
I am trying to help a friend with his winter tires. He has a 2013 328i sport line and some alu rims from his older bmw in 16" size that he wants to use for winter set. Will they fit? In the article it does say you can - size but I just wanted to make sure.
Thanks,
Adam
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Steve L:
Found it, it is only listed under 335 sedan, not 335xdrive...anyway, I did find the option after all.
Monday, July 28, 2014 by Heather:
Hi Gary,
I am looking for 225/45/r18 strictly winter run flat tires. Can you make a suggestion?
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary:
Heather,

We're just a bit too early in the year to have any data on this winters upcoming snow tires. The soonest I have this information is typically mid to late September.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Krishna:
Hi Gary, I have a F30 320i(RWD) with Sport package. I live in Chicago and drive with my kid. Safety is highest priority than performance. I am confused between two options-
1. 17inch setup with Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Run Flat
2. 16 inch setup with Bridgestone Blizzak WS80.
I prefer run-flat due to security, but not sure of ice and snow traction of Pirelli. Or another option is to get a spare 16-inch wheel and tire. What do you suggest. Thanks much
Friday, September 12, 2014 by Gary:
Krishna,

Between the two, the Blizzak WS80 would have better ice and snow traction, but the Pirelli is also very good in snow and ice and would be the best choice for a run flat snow tire.

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