i have 3x 17's 1x 15's ( all sets ) and only 2 cars lol i find running on my e46 style 67's in a 17 the most comfy and thats on the compact and saloon (e36)
On UK roads? big wheels and skinny rubber equal far too much worry with potholes and speedhumps (council seem to have found the perfect slope on speedhumps for maximum jaring effect).
Gfs 300 zx on 20s is bloody awful on eneven surfaces and potholes. My E46 runs 18s and they can be bad enough. Ironically, the best drive in pothole land for lack of worry and ease of driving generally was on the 15 inch winter wheels with balloon tryres. if it were me and you wanted best all rounder, 17 sounds like the best in trade off. costs, relatively safe in pothole scenarios. all rounder.
its all a personal preference though
I'd go with 17s for the simple fact most of the nice OEM rim styles come in 17 as standard
I would be tempted with 15's and slam it. A 316 struggles with the weight of the car as it is, the bigger the diameter of the whole wheel+tire set up, the slower your top speed will be...
I know its a bit of a different story here but my first car was a 1.25 zetec fiesta, on 17's it would do about 85mph flat out. Put some 15's on it and it would do 115, 120 on a good day.
I don't know what model they are but I have my original 15's that came with my 323i vert and changed to 17" sunflower 1 types.
The ride was much softer on the 15's and the 17's gave me a more solid assured ride as well as a great look. I did look at 18's but I think the E36 looks best on 17"s - just look at the m3.
There was a set of sunflower 1's in the classifieds (not mine BTW).
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