Wheels TOO Big?
I am drving a 1996 328i. I purchased the car about 9 months ago, and at the dealership, the sales-person offered to swap the wheels and tires that were on the car i was interested in, with upgraded chromes from a similar BMW. The tires I am running are currently 235/45 R 17. So here are my questions... I have had a tire blow out, and also just today, a thin strip of rubber was peeled off of the of the circumference of the edge of the rear tire tread. My dad seems to think the 17 inch wheels are too large... they are rubbing just slightly on the edge of the fender very rarely, and the rear tires sit especially deep in the wheel-well. I also get a large amount of tire noise, and even a bit of unwanted vibration... So anyway, what are my options? Should I buy smaller wheels and tires? Should I buy lower profile wheels? Are 17' too big for what I am driving? Is there any chance the car may have been lowered? (A mechanic said he didnt think so) What is the most affordable solution, I saw new 15" rims and tires from tirerack.com for about 700 w/ shipping. Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated.