In Reply to: 17"Sports Pkg Wheels VS Replicas posted by Gorila on April 15, 1999 at 13:13:54:
: Hi. I read a number of messages talking about the 7-spoke 17" sports wheel. One guy suggested that we could get the replica for 209 from www.bekkers.com. Another guy (I think yesterday) said that we could get the replica for 169 from www.discounttiredirect.com.
: I have visited both sites and found the difference between the two. Bekker's didn't have BMW mark at the center and the other one (which was actually 190, not 169) had the BMW logo and it looked identical to the original BMW 7-spoke wheel to me.
: Do you guys know the difference between those? I mean between the two replicas, and between the replicas and the original...
: Thank you.
I bought mine directly from the dealer and I had to pay extra $ for the roundel inserts. The rims and roundels, in my case, came separately, and all you need to do is to stick the a roundel onto each of the rims. So I think that the "Real" ones from the dealer or the "Replica" from Discount Tire (or Bekkers) are essentially the same thing (i.e. from the same manufacturer).