Thanks for your advice on changing the wheels on my Ford B-Max.

After becoming almost paranoiac over my 17-inch wheel problem, yesterday, for a total of £700 I equipped my Ford B-Max Titanium with 15-inch Ford Zetec alloy wheels shod with the appropriate 195/60 Michelin Energy Saver tyres. I hope to recoup most of this by selling the 17-inch wheels and Bridgestone tyres (which have only covered 300 miles), probably on eBay. This makes the optional part leather and heated seats (when marketed with the 17-inch wheels - which I didn't want) an expensive option at £600.

As you predicted, the smaller wheel and higher profile tyres made a major improvement to ride quality, although I sense that there might be a slight increase in tyre noise. The steering is also calmer. Overall, our B-Max is now a very pleasant, comfortable and convenient small car with a big car feel to it.

Asked on 24 August 2013 by BW, via email

Answered by Honest John
Well done. As the tyres bed in, steering should improve further. You tend to feel more in contact with the road on deeper profile tyres on most cars, but not on most SUVs.
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