In Reply to: Winter tires/size E36 M3 posted by Alain van der Heide on May 11, 1999 at 17:10:13:
: I bought a 95 M3 about 3 weeks ago to replace an '88 Integra (daily driver) and a '65 Sunbeam Tiger (toy with no redeeming social value). Anyhow, this will be my daily driver. Yes, I know we're going into summer, but I'm thinking ahead: What size snows fit on the car? I know the factory calls for 215s on 17" wheels, but that still seems a tad wide. Anybody here have experiences with snows, and what size did you go with? Will 16" wheels fit? I plan to buy a second set of wheels for the snows.
I've owned a 95 M3 in the Chicago area for about 3 1/2 years. I bought a set of snow wheels for it before I even took delivery, which was in
December. Mine are 16" Arbet wheels. Not all 16" wheels will fit, though. I can't tell you the tire size, because the wheels are now in storage and I forget--I think they're 215/60's. Two great mail order tire/wheel companies can tell you what wheels will fit, and they'll recommend snow tires of the proper size. They are Discount Tire Direct (the one I bought from), and the Tire Rack. Both companies are highly regarded, knowledgeable, and have good prices. With the snows in place, I've felt just as secure driving my M3 in the snow as I used to with my front drive Celica. Good luck.