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Posted by Vic on November 28, 1999 at 20:11:18:

In Reply to: Sports or No Sports - Roll Call posted by brian on November 28, 1999 at 19:56:50:

I have owned a 328i Cabriolet (97) with sports package (16" with double spoke rims) and compared to what i drive now since i sold that cabrio, a 328Ci with sports package and everythin (17" tires with 7spoke rims) i cannot say there is a noticible difference in ride harshness. The 3er is not exactly born with a smooth silky ride anyway, if you wanted that, the only option is the 5er or 7er. However, i would recommend getting the 17" wheels. I cant say i really "FEEL" the difference between the 16's and the 17's. But unless the difference is major, i wouldnt worry about it. Its not like the 17's feel like a SUV ride anyway.

If you intend to use the car in snow/heavy rains, the 17" rims with tires is NOT the best idea. The dealer himself told me to take extra care during rains and not take it out in the snow AT ALL. 16" tires are a lot better grip for those conditions.


If your wondering how come i have the 7spoke rims on a 328Ci sports package, its because it is the standard rims here in Canada. However, the M-double spokes are availble for an additional fee to upgrade them. The amount could not be justified, since i plan to get 19" AcS type 3 rims later which would render any 17" bmw rim i get now useless.

: Here's the question of the day?

: Is the sport's package worth the negative impact the 17inch wheels have on ride comfort?

: Those who have the sports package, do you think the ride is rougher than the 16s?

: Those who do not have the sports package, do the 16 inches offer enough grip and is the ride smoother?

: Let the reply's begin:




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