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Old 02-02-2017, 12:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The first new car I ever bought was a 1990 Beretta GTZ 5 speed with the HO Quad 4. All black with, for it's day, huge 16" wheels. Chevy's goal was the best handling FWD ever made and according to some reviews they achieved it.
Sweet! Mine was a white 1991 GTZ, and despite being a little front-heavy, I had no complaints about the handling. Power was adequate for my needs, and it was completely reliable until the head gasket went. Even then, it had lived a lot longer than the average Quad-4.

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Old 02-02-2017, 04:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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When I bought my snow tires, I sought out 205/75R15s rather than the stock 205/70R15. At the time, I liked the idea of gaining a tiny bit more ground clearance for deep snow, but now the extra comfort of a taller sidewall and slightly higher gearing are bonuses. I would hate to be pumping up low-profile tires to improve my FE.
But pumping up those higher-profile tyres is still useful to improve FE. They just offer more flexibility to overcome bad road conditions before those could bend a wheel
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But pumping up those higher-profile tyres is still useful to improve FE. They just offer more flexibility to overcome bad road conditions before those could bend a wheel
Exactly. I get the best of all worlds, except perhaps tire weight.

If anything, I wish 75 and 80 aspect ratios were more common, like they used to be. I don't need super-wide tires (and am not fond of the look), but I do want the advantages of a taller wheel and accommodating sidewall.
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I get the best of all worlds, except perhaps tire weight.
There is always some trade-in. But the weight issue might not be so bad at all in this case.
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Sweet! Mine was a white 1991 GTZ, and despite being a little front-heavy, I had no complaints about the handling. Power was adequate for my needs, and it was completely reliable until the head gasket went. Even then, it had lived a lot longer than the average Quad-4.
My headgasket went just out of warranty at 40K. I was pissed when the dealer said tough luck and offered me $5000 for it. I then took it to another dealer who said there was an extra warranty on the head gasket because of problems and they replaced the motor with a brand new one off the assembly line for $100. I immediately traded the car in to that dealer for $10,000, it was still cherry but with a brand new motor. I was just gun shy for that to happen to the first new car I ever bought. I figured with that luck I might as well stick with used!
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Is your Golf's bolt pattern 4x100 or 5x112? Because:
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Rims for BMW i3 2013

Bolt pattern 5x112
Diameter: 19.0'' - 20.0'';
Width (inches): 5;
Offset (mm): 43.
https://www.wheel-size.com/size/bmw/i3/2013/

You might be able to run 19s with Bridgestone Ecopias.

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