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Old 3rd January 2005, 01:42   #1
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I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

I posted earlier about a 2000 that I wasn't sure about buying. Well, I finally talked myself into it and during discussions with the seller (it's a long-distance buy) and he admitted that there is curb rash. He sent me pics (I'll try to upload them) and it looks terrible.

Initially, I thought -- no problem, knock off $1k and I will use them for my snow wheels, however I am not certain I can fit snow tires on the rear stock wheels. The tirerack's website was searching for 275 width snow tires and there aren't any. Will 245 fit on the 10" wheels?

Or should I just deduct the cost of four new stock wheels from my offer?

Would BBS RGR gunmetal look good on Royal Red?

What to do?
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Old 3rd January 2005, 01:57   #2
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

Here's the worst one:

3 of four look similar to this.
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

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I posted earlier about a 2000 that I wasn't sure about buying. Well, I finally talked myself into it and during discussions with the seller (it's a long-distance buy) and he admitted that there is curb rash. He sent me pics (I'll try to upload them) and it looks terrible.

Initially, I thought -- no problem, knock off $1k and I will use them for my snow wheels, however I am not certain I can fit snow tires on the rear stock wheels. The tirerack's website was searching for 275 width snow tires and there aren't any. Will 245 fit on the 10" wheels?

Or should I just deduct the cost of four new stock wheels from my offer?

Would BBS RGR gunmetal look good on Royal Red?

What to do?
For snow tires, you want narrower. You might be able to use 18's, like the 18x8 fronts, but I think most folks use 17's, something like 245-35/17 or perhaps narrower.
The wheels can be refinished, but not many people have had good luck matching the factory finish. If you are doing all 4, they will match each other, so that might work for you. Figure $150-$200 or so per wheel to refinish. Do a search, you should find some threads. Stock wheels are prob about $550 for the rears, a little less for the fronts. Try Pacific BMW, many board members have gotten good prices and service, and if you are a BMW CCA member, a lot of dealers give you a discount of 10-20%.
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

You really do need different wheels for snow tires on the M5. As narrow as possible for good performance.

For the snow rims you are on your own.

Why do you think you are entitled to 4 new wheels at the sellers expense? It's not a new car, its 4 years old. Of course, you can try anything while negotiating, but keep that in mind if he balks at your seggestion, and have an alternate plan in hand.

Have you had anyone local to that car go and take a look at it yet? Might be worthwhile.

In any case welcome to the club, these cars are just wonderful.
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

Thanks for the replies.

I think the answer is to buy a set of snows and wheels from tirerack and have the stock wheels refinished.

As far as negotiations, I feel confident that he'll credit me some for travel expenses and to refinish the wheels. I don't think that is out of line.

I hope to make final negotiations tomorrow and hopefully pick it up this weekend. Thanks everyone for all your good advice and kind welcomes. I will follow up.

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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

Thats unbelieveable those wheels must know every curb in the city.
Or was the driver in a highspeed police chase where they used a spikestrip to blow the tyres out.
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

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Thats unbelieveable those wheels must know every curb in the city.
Or was the driver in a highspeed police chase where they used a spikestrip to blow the tyres out.
I was thinking the same thing. Some people who cant keep cars off curbs at 1 mph shouldnt drive cars that can go 180...

BTW, good luck with the purchase!
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

The pictured wheel looks like tire installer error, or it had a tire installed on a cheap-o machine.
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

Buy a replacment set for the winter tires and have those wheels refinished. I had mine chromed........





I sent my wheels here and they did a great job at a very reasonable price!
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Re: I found my M5 to buy and the wheels have pretty bad curb rash

No idea of leaving a potantial buy just for the reason, the wheels are curb rash...
Here in Finland all M5 (with a few exeptions) have curb rashes, probably because Women etc have been driving them. My M5, has the passenger side messed up pretty bad. I'm thinking of fixing it to the summer. Probably also powder coating them.

The M5'a original wheels are so nice, and fits the car perfectly, so I'm gonna keep mine around the year. Simply love the design.

Buy the car if it's a nice example, the rims can be fixed for 500-1000bucks, so just try to get the seller to fix them or pull the 1k from the price, he will probably do it.
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