Well if your not working you can wake up and look forward to the fun you can have in the snow.Chrishazle said:What's "work"???
I decided to retire rather early - 8 years ago, and still have to wait another 4+ years for my bus pass!!
Last year the main drag through our village was cleared pretty quickly, but our close was not - so I had hell getting the car off the driveway and the 300 yards to the main drag. Even worse was trying to get the beast turned round so I could reverse into the driveway when we got back - had quite a few of our neighbours out with shovels etc to help!
At least I have the old set of wheel bolts (as well as lockers) so my nice new ones will not get salted.
Just to tag on to the end of this thread, my Portsmouth MB dealer has stated that as a result of recent meetings a German chap from MB corporate they will be initiating the winter tyre swap and storage scheme. As yet no prices, but when I asked whether I would be able to stick some 16incher steel wheels on my 2009 E250cdi avantgarde to replace the existing 18inch wheels, he was adamant that this would not be mechanically possible "due to the large callipers", and that I would need to stick 18 inchers on. This sounds unlikely to me. Is he correct? Is there any problem with sourcing 16 inch steels for the car.
On a side note, the manual states that the 235/35/18 wheels cannot be fit with snow chains. The dealership admits to having no knowledge in this regard. Has anyone any experiences of exceptions to this, like the Trak or Spider chains?
Just for context, we don't get a lot of snow in Hampshire but we're near Grenoble for 2 weeks over Christmas and might get lucky or unlucky with the snow.
Complete carp. Check the manual where you'll find that 16's with the correct offset are fine on not only the W212 E250CDI but also the E350CDI.biggusmickus said:...but when I asked whether I would be able to stick some 16incher steel wheels on my 2009 E250cdi avantgarde to replace the existing 18inch wheels, he was adamant that this would not be mechanically possible "due to the large callipers"
Do you know which style of wheel you'll be getting? The only thing my dealer could tell me is they definitely wouldn't be the same as the ones already fitted, which is a shame: Mercedes alloy wheels | Genuine new 16" Mercedes 5 spoke | fits Mercedes C Class Estate S203 | Alloy Wheels Direct LtdJust spoken to MB Ashford and ordered a set of 16" alloys with Dunlop winter tyres for my W203 C270 - £799.01, plus they will store my summer wheels for me. RESULT! Aparently Lookers (who own MB Ashford, Maidstone etc) are getting a load of winter wheels in for Kent.
Called and spoke to Graham who was very helpful. He said Mercedes no longer have the 17" wheels in stock, they have sold out so they can only offer the 16" option. He doesn't know if Mercedes will get any more in stock in the coming weeks/months.I would definatly contact MB Bedford for a price. Just ask for the Parts Supervisor Graham (I think)
Thanks for posting that - *really* useful information! I was particularly looking for the style of wheels available so the pictures are great, although some of the wheels listed for my car (W203) don't have pictures -Doh! Real shame they don't offer the same 16" wheels as already on my car though - a new set at a discounted price would have been handy!MB UK in its wisdom seems to select a subset of the german pricelist for the UK market. So where a german customer could have a choice of up to 3 or 4 different tyres for a particular wheel, the UK customer might see only 1 or 2. Also the best deals don't seem to make it to the UK - surprise, surprise!