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First, yes, I searched a bit, but didn't really see impressions other than "they fit".

Looking at new rubber for my 2011 SES. The current 195s are/were okay, but I've been considering including 205s for more expanded options. I know they fit fine, as I tried on a set of a friend's 205 winter rubber for sizing. I didn't have a chance for a longer term impression on driving them. His set had a 40mm offset on 7 inch wide rims, and the OEM wheels are a half inch narrower, with a 45mm offset, IIRC.

Any real drawbacks I'm overlooking here?
 

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I have them on my 11, prefer the 195 over the 205. I also lowered my car with the Ford kit, only rubs on big bumps. I don't like the ride & small sidewalls

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205/50/16 fit just fine.
I have been running them for some time now. Recently installed a new set of tires on my Fiesta they are 205/50/16. I have worn one set out already in 205/50/16. I probably have put 70,000mi on my vehicle running the 205/50/16 size.
Both sets of tires are Pirelli Cintuarto P7 All season plus.
 

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To clarify things up. I have been using the 205/50/16 size, I love it!
There is way more selection, the wider size looks better.

My are mounted on the OEM 16x6.5 wheels. If you dive into the specifications of the tires you wide that the 195 width tire is actually on the narrow side for a 6.5" wide wheel. The ideal size and measured specs for most 205 width tires are for 6.5" wide wheels. The 6.5 wide Fiesta wheels are ideal for a 205 width tire.

The 205/50/16 is about 4/10 of an inch taller than factory tires. Negligible amount. I drive a lot and the 16" wheels ride kind of rough. That extra 1/4" of side wall actually seems to help cushion the ride.

It been well documented that the speedo in tje Fiesta indicates faster than you actually are. Any fraction increase in speedo error actually makeS it read more true going with the slightly larger tire.

I have suspension modifications or lowered vehicle. Stock suspension, stock OEM wheels.

I also use a 185/65/15 snow tire mounted on other wheels for a winter setup. The snow tire is taller yet at 24.5"OD vs 24.1"OD for a 205/50/16 vs the stock tire at 195/50/16 at 23.7"OD.

I don't notice any difference in performance having to turn a larger tire.

Buy the 205/50/16. Looks better and way more choices.
 

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I run 205/45R16s. Look and feel great but I think next set will be the 205/50R16s for the slightly extra ability to absorb bumps.
By the way, you can change your tyre settings in the system using ForScan so the speedo will be more accurate.
 

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Another thing worth mentioning is that a 205/50/16 mounted on a spare wheel will fit snuggly into the wheel well of the trunk to be used for a full sized spare tire.

Shortly after my car was new I got yellow road paint on one of the wheels. While trying to remove the road paint, I took the finish off of the wheel. Other than finish, the wheel was like new and functional. Getting a new wheel was surprisingly cheap from Tacsa parts so I just replaced the wheel. When my OEM hankook tires wore out, I took one them and used it as a full sized spare and mounted it on the damaged wheel. When my replacement 205/50/16 tires also wore out recently, I used one of them and took it for a full sized spare that matches my current tires since I bought the identical tires.

Only modification I had to do was to buy a rod coupling and a long metric bolt and lengthen the T-handle shaped bolt that holds the doughnut spare tire in place.
 

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First, yes, I searched a bit, but didn't really see impressions other than "they fit".

Looking at new rubber for my 2011 SES. The current 195s are/were okay, but I've been considering including 205s for more expanded options. I know they fit fine, as I tried on a set of a friend's 205 winter rubber for sizing. I didn't have a chance for a longer term impression on driving them. His set had a 40mm offset on 7 inch wide rims, and the OEM wheels are a half inch narrower, with a 45mm offset, IIRC.

Any real drawbacks I'm overlooking here?



I've had mine for over a year now, and I do have better cornering. There is a ramp I use to get on/off highway every day to go to work, and with these tires I can take the turn maybe 10mph faster with the same confidence as I had with the 195s. But it must be said that my avg. mpg went from 31 to 28. Just something to point out.
 

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I changed over to the 205-50-16's at 30,000 miles and kissed the stock 195-50-16's on my 2011 SEL goodbye, forever.

GUARANTEED Pluses:
-Upgrading to the 205's corrects the inherent Fiesta speedometer error at 70 mph that results from running the stock-supplied 195 width tires on 16" SEL rims. Don't take my word for it- I had my CHP kid brother clock me from 40 mph up to 95 mph, and the indicated speed is now almost 100% accurate, at 95 mph it is within 1 mph on the radar gun with the slightly-taller tires.
-205's are MUCH cheaper and there is a MUCH larger selection of tire brands to choose from.

-TINY bit of ride-comfort improvement, but also a TINY difference in handling (cornering) ability....I suspect the extra width is pushing the camber/caster design parameters. Probably running the narrower 195's in a super-sticky summer tire would be your best cornering choice, but I still throw the car around corners, with ease, with the taller, wider tires.

NEGLIGIBLE minuses-
-I notice if I hit a real hard pothole and bottom-out the front suspension at speed, my right front tire makes a slight rub sound for a millisecond due to the taller tire. It does not damage anything-it's just contacting the inner plastic wheel-well cover.

- If you plan on EVER putting tire chains on your front tires to deal with snow.....you will have LESS clearance to work with.
If I remember correctly, our Fiesta Owner's Manual says DO NOT RUN or INSTALL TIRE CHAINS on the vehicle if it has 16" wheels and tires, and if you try it at all you will be taking a risk of damaging brake and suspension components, and you will be severely-limited to using skinny cable-type "S" tire chains, anyway.
I would NOT push my luck by using ANY type of tire chains on ANY Fiesta, unless Fiesta cars with STOCK 15" wheels say it is OK in the Manual. If you absolutely HAVE to use snow chains to get around, either choose another car, or spend the big $$ and spring for those "Snow-Spikes" type custom accessory wheels...that come with wheel lugs that stick out from the wheel and attach the "Snow Spike" spider-leg thingamajigs that extend over the outside of the wheel only and extend little "legs" across the tire tread surface without adding any metal or material to the inside of the wheels. Your Dealer can tell you how to buy the two "Snow Spike" wheels that are made exclusively for Fiestas, and that means you will have an extra set of front wheels and tires kicking around your garage when it ISN'T snowing, wheels that you will have to install and remove whenever it snows. But...it sounds like you have a separate set of wheels n' tires for exclusively running in the snow, anyway.
 

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Thanks 2011SELGUY, I also have the 205/50R16 & prefer the size over the others except for winter when I install my 185/65-15 winter tires. I am on my 3 set of 205.

I changed over to the 205-50-16's at 30,000 miles and kissed the stock 195-50-16's on my 2011 SEL goodbye, forever.

GUARANTEED Pluses:
-Upgrading to the 205's corrects the inherent Fiesta speedometer error at 70 mph that results from running the stock-supplied 195 width tires on 16" SEL rims. Don't take my word for it- I had my CHP kid brother clock me from 40 mph up to 95 mph, and the indicated speed is now almost 100% accurate, at 95 mph it is within 1 mph on the radar gun with the slightly-taller tires.
-205's are MUCH cheaper and there is a MUCH larger selection of tire brands to choose from.

-TINY bit of ride-comfort improvement, but also a TINY difference in handling (cornering) ability....I suspect the extra width is pushing the camber/caster design parameters. Probably running the narrower 195's in a super-sticky summer tire would be your best cornering choice, but I still throw the car around corners, with ease, with the taller, wider tires.

NEGLIGIBLE minuses-
-I notice if I hit a real hard pothole and bottom-out the front suspension at speed, my right front tire makes a slight rub sound for a millisecond due to the taller tire. It does not damage anything-it's just contacting the inner plastic wheel-well cover.

- If you plan on EVER putting tire chains on your front tires to deal with snow.....you will have LESS clearance to work with.
If I remember correctly, our Fiesta Owner's Manual says DO NOT RUN or INSTALL TIRE CHAINS on the vehicle if it has 16" wheels and tires, and if you try it at all you will be taking a risk of damaging brake and suspension components, and you will be severely-limited to using skinny cable-type "S" tire chains, anyway.
I would NOT push my luck by using ANY type of tire chains on ANY Fiesta, unless Fiesta cars with STOCK 15" wheels say it is OK in the Manual. If you absolutely HAVE to use snow chains to get around, either choose another car, or spend the big $$ and spring for those "Snow-Spikes" type custom accessory wheels...that come with wheel lugs that stick out from the wheel and attach the "Snow Spike" spider-leg thingamajigs that extend over the outside of the wheel only and extend little "legs" across the tire tread surface without adding any metal or material to the inside of the wheels. Your Dealer can tell you how to buy the two "Snow Spike" wheels that are made exclusively for Fiestas, and that means you will have an extra set of front wheels and tires kicking around your garage when it ISN'T snowing, wheels that you will have to install and remove whenever it snows. But...it sounds like you have a separate set of wheels n' tires for exclusively running in the snow, anyway.
 

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Any effect on directional stability with the 205s? When I put 195 Generals on there was noticeable wander over the OE tires. I like the Pirelli all weather tires on my Abarth 500 that are not available in 195.
 

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I ran BFG G-Force Sport Comp2 A/S tires on mine in 205/50r16. Handled great. No wander that I could tell. Steering seemed a little more responsive. The only thing that was was kind of weird is that they seemed "beefy" like they were meant for off road.
 

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Currently running 185 60 15s = a complete sh!tshow on a 2011 SE. with handling package it’s so rough I’m definitely gonna get more rubber to compensate
 
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