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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 11-13-2014, 07:48 PM
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Ride quality -17's vs 18's

My parents who are elderly are getting a 328xi - would the ride quality be better/ softer with the stock 17's rather than the 18's ...I like the look of both the multi spoke 416 wheel that comes with the luxury and the 397 wheel as well and better than the 17's although the 397 requires the m brakes and another 650 dollars though...also is there a greater likelihood of wheel / tire damage on the 18's ? any opinions on any of this? Thanks very much..
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:06 PM
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17s will ride slightly better than 18s, they will be less susceptible to road hazard damage, and the tires will be less expensive to replace. If it were my parents I'd choose the 17s.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:31 PM
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I just put on my winter tires, 17" snows. Compared with the 18" all season tires, it is like night and day. Almost too cushy. Both are run flats, but I suspect the snows are a little softer. They will prefer the 17".
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:35 PM
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The F30 17-inch and 18-inch rides are pretty close, esp. on the square setups with the same 225 widths.

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Old 11-13-2014, 08:38 PM
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In my opinion, 18" ones look great. That is why I went with those. However, as others mentioned, sometimes I wish I had 17" ones for less noise and soft ride.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:23 PM
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Well, I'm elderly and I love my staggered summer performance 18's! Don't coddle those geezers of yours! Double their dose of Geritol!
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:19 AM
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I have 17s and I am perfectly happy with them. Ride quality is excellent. I'm getting on up in years as well and prefer the slightly softer feel. My last car was a rock hard mini cooper that would rattle your fillings. The 328 is a nice change. Definitely the 17s.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:19 AM
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Thanks everybody...for those that have the 17's have you compared the ride to the 18's and noticeably feel that the ride is softer? If negligible then I guess I will get the 18's for them... How about as far as aesthetics? Are the design on the 18's much nicer? Thanks again...

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Old 11-14-2014, 04:38 AM
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Also, I guess part of the equation is that with the 18's you have to get the luxury line and can get the leather seats with the stitching - and I guess a better steering wheel and chrome etc....thanks again
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:25 AM
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If your parents are in nyc, get the 17s. The ride is better and the tires are less succeptible to damage. I run 17 inch winter with a taller than stock sidewall for that reason. You dont want to have them dealing with bubbled and blown tires, even with tire and wheel insurance
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I've got 18's coming because I wanted the dark headliner and sport seats of sport line but am thinking to see if I can trade down so that there will be consistency with winter tires and wheels. My winter wheels will be 17".

I know the supposed performance advantages of bigger wheels but never have thought it looked better and a 328d wagon isn't the same as a sport sedan or coupe. Nor am I at 65 the same enthusiastic driver I was at other times (SCCA novice,1970).

Crummy road surfaces are everywhere and more tire sidewall can take the edge off of a long stretch of freeway washboard.

I was interested to see that in BMW's English site the standard no line wheel size for 320s (328 to us) is 16". That made me think of why I need to have 18". Kiddie styles?
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Also, if you park by braille like I do, it is harder on the 18" rims....
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I should have made it clearer...they live on Long Island not in the city...better roads on the island...thanks!
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I should have made it clearer...they live on Long Island not in the city...better roads on the island...thanks!
Have they test driven 17-inch vs. 18-inch themselves? Maybe they would have a preference after the test drives. BTW, 18-inch style 396 can be added standalone to no-line 328i.

Mine is no-line 328i 17-inch, it performs pretty well around my routes. The 18-inch with 225/45R18 IMHO is mainly for looks and clearance for beefed up brakes, the handling difference of the wheels alone probably is not that noticeable.
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I guess another advantage with the luxury line and the 18's is that you can get the saddle Interior ...
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Have they test driven 17-inch vs. 18-inch themselves? Maybe they would have a preference after the test drives. BTW, 18-inch style 396 can be added standalone to no-line 328i.

Mine is no-line 328i 17-inch, it performs pretty well around my routes. The 18-inch with 225/45R18 IMHO is mainly for looks and clearance for beefed up brakes, the handling difference of the wheels alone probably is not that noticeable.

They are pretty much leaving it up to me as far as the options...they are just thrilled to be getting the car either way...
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Have they test driven 17-inch vs. 18-inch themselves? Maybe they would have a preference after the test drives. BTW, 18-inch style 396 can be added standalone to no-line 328i. . .
This is the best idea. I'm probably older than the OP's parents, and I was able to make up my mind all by myself. 17's somewhat softer, 18's better looking. Went with 18's. Surprising what us geezers can do.
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I guess another advantage with the luxury line and the 18's is that you can get the saddle Interior ...
It seems you are not listening to the preponderence of people telling you they'd like 17s better and are consistent in trying to convince us of your desire for 18s.

Long island may have better roads, but I doubt they'll stay confined to Long Island. These tires are run flats 17s will be much more comfortable, much less susceptible to damage and cheaper to replace.
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I hear you glangford... Thanks !
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Screw your parents, get what you want.

You know it's what you're going to do any way. Get a Sport line and tell them the "comfort" button makes the car ride softer. It's not hard to fool the elderly.

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. . . It's not hard to fool the elderly. BJ
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Screw your parents, get what you want.

You know it's what you're going to do any way. Get a Sport line and tell them the "comfort" button makes the car ride softer. It's not hard to fool the elderly.

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It's all wheel so the sportiness kind of gets tossed (My opinion) 18 would be fine but play it safe with 17's that way Mom & Pop will be sure to be happy and cool enough. Remember we're talking RFT's not traditional rubber... Good luck
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"Eh? Say that again, Sonny?"

LOL. Seems to me the OP is going to work around his parents anyway, might as well cut to the chase. I know it's what I would have done in the same situation.

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Screw your parents, get what you want.



You know it's what you're going to do any way. Get a Sport line and tell them the "comfort" button makes the car ride softer. It's not hard to fool the elderly.



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