E39 wheels

I have a total black e39 touring (shadow line) with standard 16" wheels. I want to buy a new set but can't decide about 17"or 18". 18" looks cooler,
but I think that I will lose a lot of comfort. Is that true? And I can't decide on a set of Alpina wheels (Alpina 2 or 3) or M5 wheels in blackchrome. M5 looks very cool, but I heard that when a wheel is damaged it will be very difficult to have the wheel repaired in exact the same colour. Is that true? Thx
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Going from 16 to 18" wheels, you'll almost definitely feel a harsher ride. I did this in my old Maxima, but got used to it after a short while.
Your handling will improve, but tires will probably wear significantly faster & braking distance increase (From what I've read). Further, you'll never recoup your investment when you sell the car.
However, the big uns sure look nice
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