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New-ish 19" Alloy Wheels buckled!

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by Lordofknutsford, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Lordofknutsford

    Lordofknutsford Senior Member

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    I've just cracked my near side rear 19" 5 spoke 275 alloy wheel at the cost of £650 to replace plus the tyre that exploded, another £200. I was just driving down a dual carriage way when the tyre de-laminated. On inspection at my trye garage, the allow was cracked. The car has only done 21,000 miles. Later while it was in the MB garage, they advised replacing the front 2 alloys also, as they were both buckled. Another £610 each. I've not been ramming the car up curbs or speed bumps and although I do remember hitting a couple of deep pot holes, surely alloy wheels are not so soft that a minor bump can crack/buckle them? Do I have a bad batch? Are MB alloys problematic? I'm shocked... Shouldn't have bought 19" with low profile tyres.
    Kids, father Christmas isn't coming this year.
     
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    I suspect it's a combination of terrible roads, low profile tyres and huge 19" rims. I've seen a new car go out for a test drive and 30 minutes later it required 4 new wheels and tyres...
     
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    That is the downside of 19" alloys and rubberband tyres.
     
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    Yes, I can't see the point in them myself.
     
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    That's an expensive bummer and made worse because it is so BL88dy unexpected and unreasonable, hard luck,I feel for you.
     
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    Wrong wheel for UK roads. Happens on Audis and BMWs as well

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    television Always remembered RIP

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    So sorry to hear your bad news, I had 20" on my CL and have gone down to 18" and the ride is so much improved. My friends all say " it looked better on the other wheels"

    What also annoys me is the amount of balance weights needed on AMG rims
     
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    Perhaps they forgot to compensate for casting ////AMG into the rim? :rolleyes:
     
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    My argument is that you can't see the wheels from the drivers seat but you can feel them. I changes the 18's to 16's on my W210. I've 19's on the 911 but I'm really careful with them.
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Yes and a pig when reversing when you cannot see them, thank god we use disabled parking now and hardly ever park along the kerb
     

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