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      03-19-2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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Hi guys. Which you think in 17in size will look best on my silver 320d?

My first choice : OEM style 160

+ like it with heart
+ multi spoke is my favorite design
++ they are OEM
+ I think that they look bigger then they are due to design
+ nice price for OEM


- they are used wheels and I am buying online though seller in germany says they are in good condition
- and they are more expensive then alternative reps from china



Other choice is a Chinese made replica Style 196



+ brand new
+ design is nice as well
+ cheap (same as used OEM)

- not sure if the above designs look good in 17in, because it was intented for 19in OEM.. I might be one of them MSport wheels on E36 look which are 15in and everyone knows this is a joke!
- not sure about quality of CHINESE made replicas



So on price, the reps are just a bit cheaper, about 511 euros. The used OEM are 547 euros.





So what should I do? please help me, im torn apart!



Oh, and don't offer me to get 18s or 19s please just because of looks. I dont live in Germany and dont cruise on glass smooth autobahns. Our roads are very bad, 17in is what I actually want. This will give me a car that looks reasonably good, at least, and will be able to better put down the power from my chipped turbo diesel (200hp) and at the same time will keep ride comfort at good level thanks to ditching RFTs.



Appreciate your advice, esp on if anyone used Chinese made reps, comments from sellers of those if there are any and how bad the 17in 196 style might be.


I very carefully considered multiple offers from this websites sponsors too, and they were very very attractive, but ultimately it's down to the size (most offer 18 and 19) and high shipping cost (despite cheap dollar) that forced to look locally (so thanks guys for your help!).
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i say go with the OEM ones... they look better and they are OEM...
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I like the design of the Chinese reps better myself.
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but has anyone ever bought chinese made reps? everyone bangs on about how you should buy Italian made reps, not chinese, but I havent seen any posts that went something like "i bought these chinese reps and they just cracked!!".


here is teh mockup of 196 style in what i think 17in will look like...
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don`t to this. if you want quality but go not expensive than i have a good alternative. italien reps are best quality. This factory also make OEM wheels for FIAT and ALFA. Don`t trust chinese stuff
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hmmm.. a little bit offended by the "CHINESE"...capital letters are not necessary at all
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sorry for the wording
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hmmm.. a little bit offended by the "CHINESE"...capital letters are not necessary at all
none intented, just wanted to underline the fact - i was told by many sellers that reps from china are poor quality, and wanted to hear a comment on that especially. Should have made it bold I guess.

But i got my feedback.

And I bought Italian made reps, supposedly good quality, same price, brand new, with michelin PS2 tyres for very nice price (in europe anyway). I am very pleased with the look. It is very subtle, it is OEM look which I wanted, and it doesnt attract too much attention to the car which is a non sport - exactly like i wanted. I like these Style 161 reps even more then 160. Once I saw the dealer had them, I made a deal right on spot and 2 hours later, here we are! Sorry car is dirty. I am happy like a little kid, can't stop smiling!

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Yeah... buy a car for 55000 bucks or more and thinkin' about buying Chinese rims?? I wouldn't try to drive 240 km/h with those wheels...
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why not 18s?
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good choice
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