Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
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Precisely the reason I went for the Touring model with the 16" wheels instead of the GT with 18" wheels. Roads here in Milwaukee are like a war zone and the bigger wheels on two of my previous Mazdas didn't hold up to it. Bent an 18" wheel on my old '05 Mazda 6S and a 17" wheel on my old '07 Mazda 3S GT. The Mazda factory wheels are overpriced, IMHO, and you rarely can get deals on them beyond 10% off. And, around here, I've learned that these wheels aren't easy to come buy in good shape and sold individually. Guys selling factory take-offs because they got aftermarket wheels only want to sell you all four. Junk yard wheels are a gamble that they're actually straight or in good shape and any usable factory wheel at all can be hard to get here locally because other people with Mazdas have the same problems. Factory Mazda wheels are a hot item around here apparently.
And it's not just the wheel you have to worry about either. Any hit big enough to bend the rim, probably damaged the tire, too. The CX-3 doesn't have to worry about this, but if your car has TPMS sensors inside the wheel, that's another possible expense. The Mazda 3 I had came with those and they were a nuisance. So one wheel + 2 tires (or 4 if AWD) if you need to get a matched set + TPMS sensor + mounting and balancing = big money.
Unless something changes around here in Milwaukee, I can't see buying another car with low(ish) profile tires on aluminum alloy wheels. They look great, but just aren't worth it because they won't take the abuse around these parts.
His: 2018 Mazda6 Grand Touring, Machine Grey Metallic
Hers: 2016 CX-5 Sport, FWD, Reflex Blue