In Reply to: Which BMW wheel is better? posted by Future M3 Owner on March 11, 1999 at 10:58:00:
I picked up my '99 Titanium silver/black interior M3 last week with Contour rims and it looks terrific. I'll just re-iterate what everyone else said already:
1)M-countours are a lot easier to clean than the regular 10-spoke and probably somewhat easier than the forged wheels (that narrow slit between spoke pairs looks like a cleaning nightmare).
2) The forged wheels are $1200 more... That price gets you on your way to an aftermarket set of wheels, and there's plenty of aftermarket wheels to fit your taste.
3) The Contours are easily sold if you want to trade up. Seems like everyone is looking for a clean set.
If I were you, I'd take the Contours, pocket the $1200, and put it towards either 1) a set of aftermarkets like BBS or Fiskes 2) a set of Forged-style replicas, which sell for less than $300 per wheel from the mail order houses.
If you shop carefully, you should be able to get both the stock Contours and a pair of replica forged wheels for the price of the forged wheel option by itself. And come to think of it, aren't real M-forged wheels around $450 each from the dealer? That means spending $1800 gets you both the contours and the forged. The more I think about this, $1200 for the forged as a factory option is outlandish. Get two sets for the same money, one for road, one for winter/track.