w210 Difference between 17" and 18"

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Currently have 18s on the car (came with them) but I find them too harsh at times. Would 17s make a difference to the ride quality?
 

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Yes changing to 17" will improve the ride as the sidewall profile would be higher,,the 18" wheels will sell well as folk buy them to make the car look better
 

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i have 16's on my 210. never feel any bumps at all! unless theyre severe!
 

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Ive got 18s on mine and harsh is a pretty good statement.

I spent quite some time searching for the 17" wheels as fitted to the later 210 avantgardes pretty rare to non existent!




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what 18's have you got fitted? AMG?

incidentally i think all avantgard 210's (certainly pre cdi ones as i only looked at diesels) came with 16's
 

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Yep amg monoblock 18, later avantgardes come with 17" wheels they actually look quite nice, very rare seeing them for sale.
Crap pic taken from e bay but look really good on the car.



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I had AMG 18's on my 210 and changed them to standard (at the time) 16's much nicer drive.
 

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id like to go to bigger wheels, when i can afford it, but ive got bigger worries at the moment!
 
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Ive got some 18" Brabus wheels on. It does look good even though the wheels need a refurb but I care more about how it drives as I have a 35 mile daily commute, much of it on mostly wet b roads.
 

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On a 210 you will notice a difference, i remember wifes last e320 on 16 was as smooth as silk much smoother than my current 210, her current 203 on 17 is as even harder a ride than my car but i thinks thats because the 203 is poo!



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i must say that compared to my 210 on 16s, dads 203, even on 15s is a very harsh ride in comparison. still better than bm* by a long way though!
 

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I have 18" on my CLK with 40 profile tyres..... I think the comfort was never compromised.... Only now after a drop in height and reduction of rubber spring caps I feel the comfort level dropped but It was my choise to go for look that comfort. I am happy with it still as its not at all bouncy as usuall cars with low profile tyres are and it runs very smooth over speed bumps as well so very very impressed over all. If you wish to go for comfort than look, you could go for 17" and you would be happy for sure
 

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Probably depends on model spec as well ie avantgarde lower than elegance and classic.



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16" on my W210 and the ride is just as TP says, very nice for an aging frame...
 

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Wheel size is written on the sidewall of the tyres, ie 215/55r16 the 16 is the wheel size in inchs.



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I test drove a 320 Avantg. estate with 18 AMGs on. And the one I eventually got, with 16s on.

The 18s were horrible. Really virtually unusable on the rubbish roads of Surrey - the 16 were a breath of fresh air after that, no contest.
 

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