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

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!  



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


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


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.

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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


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


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.
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Gary


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.

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

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?
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.
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


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


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.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 by Catherine

Hi Gary--I have recently purchased a 2013 BMW328i Xdrive with 24000 km on it. I have the opportunity to purchase an excellent set of OEM BMW rims with mounted Blizzaks--LM25 (two of them) and LM22 (two of them) run flat tires (10/32 and 9/32 tread depth respectively). These tires are 225/45/17--question--will these tires fit on my vehicle which has 225/50/17 on all seasons with OEM rims right now? The offset is 34 mm. I really appreciate your advice.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 by Lindsay

Hi Gary

I have a 2008 bmw 335i with 225/45/r17 all seasons. I can get a good deal on a set of 225/50r17 tires. Will they fit or will there be rub? Thank you
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by Gary


225/50R17 is too tall and normally does not fit the 2008 BMW 335i without rubbing, sorry.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Sean Masters

Hi Gary, I have a 2014 F30 320i(RWD) with Sport package. I wanted to get a winter setup w/16 inch wheels and 205 55r16 tires. Will this size work with my model BMW? What do you suggest? Thanks much
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Gary


When minus sizing to 16" on the 2014 320i, use tire size 215/60R16.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Maqsood Ali

I have a 2013 , 328 XI with 17 inch wheels. Will the 255/55 -16 tires from my 08, BMW fit on this car.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 by Maqsood Alim

Hi Gary, I have a 2013 F30 328xi (AWD). I have 205 55r16 winter tires. Will this size work with my model BMW? It's OK for the odometer to run a bit faster. Thanks
Monday, November 23, 2015 by Gary


The two 16" sizes that we can recommend for use on the 2013 F30 328xi are 215/60R16 and 225/55R16.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Maqsood Ali

Thanks Gary
So a 16 inch rim does clear the breaks on this car? Thanks again for your help.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Gary


Yes, we have fit some of our 16" wheels on the 2013 328xi with no problems. Not all 16" wheels fit, but many do.

Check out our vehicle-specific list here :
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Ma

Sorry Gary! Your site has no 16 inch rim for this car.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Maqsood Ali

Hi Gary
Will this BMW rim fit the 2013 F30 328 XI
7JX16 EH2+IS34
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by Hassan

Hi Gary,

I have 215/50R17 winter tires available from my Acura TSX 2004. Tires are in good condition. Can I just buy 17 inch wheels and use them with my 2012 BMW 328i? Do you see any downside by doing that?
Monday, August 29, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Hassan, That tire size should work fine as long as it has the proper load rating for your BMW. All of the standard load tires in that size should be fine.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Jedrzej

Hello Gary,

I need to buy winter wheels for my 2016 BMW F30 330i xDrive M Sport and I'm hesitiating between 17" and 18". Any sugestions? For summer I use standard M Sport 18" and comfort is perfectly fine.
Friday, September 30, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jedrzej, We generally recommend minus sizing as far as possible for the best winter time traction.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Mike

Hey Gary just wondering I have a 2013 328i xdrive my friend is trying to sell me his rims and winter tires that are 225/45 r17 with an offset of 40 will this fit my car??
Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Mike: The tire size would work on your car. If the wheels came off another BMW and have the right bolt pattern the ET40 is about right. May just have to try them on to know.

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