Well I keep recommending this one to people so one more recommendation couldn't hurt:
I have version 18.104.22.168. also and I use the beta version in that package (made for the patch we got). If you want some screens, I just posted some recently in this topic:
The game certainly doesn't look better without graphics mods , you just have to pick the right one for you patch. It does suffer from a thing called the red-sky bug which means that occasionally you'll see a red sky during the day when turning to a certain angle. I'd recommend als downloading simple native trainer because you can change the weather conditions and time with it.