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Continental DWS 06 sizing question

I read so many posts discussing the Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06. When I enter my car info on various websites, I'm told the tire isn't available for my particular vehicle. What's up with that, is it my wheel size, the car year, or something else?

2016 Mazda3 isport hatchback (16")
 
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Well, I contacted TireRack and they said the tire was not manufactured in the 205/60R16 stock size, which explains the message I was receiving. However, they mentioned that size 215/55R16 was available, and would fit my wheel. Maybe this is the way to go. Any disadvantages/ advantages to going with different size?

We usually don't get much snow in the area, so that in not an issue. Possible increased tire noise is an issue however, currently have the stock Bridgestone Ecopia (EP422Plus)
 

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Immediately it's a bit wider, when I went a size up on my Celica it was a great difference and you could feel the extra grip.
On the 16"s I can imagine it would be a little grippier as well the shorter sidewall could allow for less deformation.
That said, all of this is speculation, I haven't done the same for my car and will probably trade out only when I get a set of wheels.
 

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The tire diameter on the 215/55/16 will be about 1.5% smaller than the 205/60/16 and your speedo / odometer will be off accordingly. If you're ok with that the tire will work no problem.
 

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I went with Oversize on my 18" wheels, do not regret at all, these tires have insane grip dry and wet, if you get from a tire shop make sure you see the DWS06 on the tire, I got tires when they first came out and shops were trying to give me the older DWS and Discount Tire was trying to give me their own DWS brand tire.
 

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Possible increased tire noise is an issue however, currently have the stock Bridgestone Ecopia (EP422Plus)
We have Ecopias on my M3 and DWS on our Accord. I think the DWS is quieter. i haven't driven it in the snow yet. I'm hoping to avoid snow tires next year, but The Woman Of My Dreams is very nervous on snowy roads and she makes me drive her to work if she doesn't like her tires.
 

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Had screw successfully removed from my right rear Bridgestone, and received latest tread wear measurement: between 5/32 and 6/32 all around, with 27,000 miles on odometer. Based on my driving habits, believe I'll be purchasing new tires before the end of year. Also think I'll end up going with the OEM tire size, as opposed to a wider/ slightly lower rubber. I am tired of hearing scraping noises from car front bumper whenever I park, and installing tire even with an extremely slight lowering of height won't help matters.

At this point, considering Cooper CS5 Grand Touring AND Continental Pure Contact.
 

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Had screw successfully removed from my right rear Bridgestone, and received latest tread wear measurement: between 5/32 and 6/32 all around, with 27,000 miles on odometer. Based on my driving habits, believe I'll be purchasing new tires before the end of year. Also think I'll end up going with the OEM tire size, as opposed to a wider/ slightly lower rubber. I am tired of hearing scraping noises from car front bumper whenever I park, and installing tire even with an extremely slight lowering of height won't help matters.

At this point, considering Cooper CS5 Grand Touring AND Continental Pure Contact.
We have the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring or Continental Pure Contact along with many others. Here is a link to them on our web site along with customer reviews:

205/60R-16 Tires | Discount Tire Direct

Please shoot us a PM if we can help you with your choice.
 

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Thanks, been dealing with Discount Tires for countless years; they repaired my tire for me without charge, and I plan on purchasing my next set from you later this year.
 

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Thanks, been dealing with Discount Tires for countless years; they repaired my tire for me without charge, and I plan on purchasing my next set from you later this year.
Thank you for the kind words. We appreciate your past business and will work hard in the future to earn your business.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is the stock tire size 16/205/60 on my car resulted in speedo reading low vs read speed. Almost like it's calibrated to read a bit low (normal) for the 205/55...
 
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