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Old 03-10-2004, 08:58 PM   #1
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I have a 2003 Bonnie SE with the steel wheels (w/wheel covers). I want to get another set of 16 in mags for my summer tires and I'm quoted $800 CDN ($600US). The steel wheels are $280CDN !

I used to work for Mercedes where the wheels cost 1/2 as much!!

I figure it is a way for GM to make big bucks off the insurance industry.
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It'* well known that GM'* pricing on their aluminum rims is outrageous. You'd be better off looking for a used set here, or from a Grand Prix, or if you want new you can llok here;

http://www.1010tires.com

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Rims ARE bad from them. But you'll find just about everything else is quite reasonable for pricing.
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Thanks for the source of Cdn parts.

It appears there is a 75% price reduction in the aftermarket. Any safety risk to using non-GM steel wheels? Car is not abused by driver -abused by Quebec roads
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No worries at all using aftermarket steel rims. When I had my Grand Prix I bought aftermarket steel rims from Harland Pontiac Buick in Dorval for $50 each. Costco sells them too. The bolt pattern is 5 X 115mm, though 5 X 114.3 is more popular and more widely available. I think even Mercedes uses 5 X 114.3.

There'* some debate as to whether you could safely use 114.3 on Gm vehicles but I've yet to here of a problem.

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I'm most likey to stay with the poverty steel look, as I'm stuck on OEM style wheels and they are hard to find used (without worries).

It appears the steel 16" x 6.5" - 5/115mm is available - offset is 42 .

Is that offset correct?

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I believe 42mm is the correct offset.

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I finally got some like new stock 16" alloys at a very reasonable price on Ebay. Thanks to all who helped advise me.

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Got pics?

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Don't use ANY rim but the 115 x 5. 114.3 can be put on the car, but it is not safe, or recommended. Especially for long use.
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