I got a safety recall completed on the C63 a couple of weeks ago. This means that if I have a crash, the passenger will be greeted with an airbag, rather than the shrapnel from the canister that is supposed to inflate the airbag exploding. So that's nice.
While they had it in, the dealership completed a
what can we find to gouge some money out of this guy
health check, and found a cracked alloy unfortunately. They asked me if I wanted them to quote for a replacement, and I said yes - thinking that would be a nice laugh.
In the event, I didn't get to guffaw at the ludicrous price for an alloy, because it turned out they can't even source them as they don't make them any more.
So, since I don't really like the idea of welded cracks in my alloys, a set of aftermarket's it is. I've checked with my insurance, and made very clear that the reason was the unavailability of standard fitment, and they said no charge and no need to declare even (I've saved that email!)
Now the trepidation bit. I've often thought that the colour of my car (Tenorite Grey) needs something a little different with the alloy colour. Standard silver and anthracite types of colour just blend in. Black turns invisible and boring. My mind, attempting no doubt to be young and hip, has often thought a matte bronze would set the car off well.
What I wanted
to do was have a set of bronze alloys put aside, go and offer them up to the car, and potentially realise it was a terrible idea and go with silver.
But these cars demand a weird offset, so the wheels are made specifically to order. So what I have done instead is bought and paid for the wheels, So I've got to hope like hell I was right, and I'm not going to look like a clown when they're fitted on Friday.
I've gone for these.
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They have a 'deep dish' concave shape to them too, which I like. Albeit quite limited in this fitment, again because of the odd offset.
I've never liked gold alloys, so I really hope I haven't misjudged the colour! I've just seen a picture on a different site, and they look much brighter!