Can I use the same size tires (255) in front and back?


Asked by May 15, 2016 at 07:59 PM about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C250 Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The online tire stores recommend size 225 for the front and 255 for the back
on my 2012 C250 Sport sedan. It seems quite odd to me, but this is my first

4 Answers


It's NOT odd to have 30mm wider tires on the rear, approx 1-1/4" more width not much difference! quite a few cars are setup similarly.

Tom Demyan

It's called a staggered setup with 2 different widths, front and rear, no need to rotate tires. Other manufacturers do it on their RWD cars.

Bob Beaman

Use what size is recommended. Some vehicles have problem with the traction control if the proper sized tires aren't used. My Mercury Marauder has staggered wheel sizes and if you were to use all the same size tires it causes the computer to throw a fit.


The rims are actually slight different size front and rear - so you can not use the same size tire on both. If you really want to get sticker shock - try replacing the 19" tires found on many SL's . Do not use the OEM tire which on an MB is often a High Performance summer tire. About 15k miles is all you will ever get from them. Go to an All Season - such as Continental - and you will be much happier.

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