17's are way too big. 15's are a hair too small for me. I think 16's look PERFECT on 96-00's. I wouldn't get anything else other than a 16" for my car (unless I was going to put drag radials on of course).
I rolled on 17's in my 98 and I was tucking tire slightly with them and it looked pretty good in my opinion. tires just got to expensive lol. also I only rubbed when the wheels were turned all the way to the lock