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Hello.

I don't know anything about tire and wheels. My friend is selling 4 winter tire + rims on 235/60R17 and was wondering if it fits on the CX-3 (was on a CX-5).

I know it's sad to start a thread for a single question, but I got a good deal and don't want to passed them out if it fits !
 

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I suspect the bolt pattern is the same because the hubs of both the CX-3 and CX-5 are derived from the Mazda 3. The tires however, are too tall to maintain proper clearances and speedometer calibration. It would also cause the motor to run at a lower rpm at any given road speed in car that is already geared too tall for economy purposes, hurting acceleration. And that is assuming you could stuff them under the wheel wells, which I doubt.

If you want to reshod the 17" wheels with 215/55 or 225 50 17s, that would probably work, as that would roughly maintain the stock overall wheel/tire diameter, but be sure the bolt pattern and center hole line up.
 

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Hi there.

Almost looking forward to winter myself to see how my CX-3 performs :D

Also got the GT model with the 18in wheels, but I'll be buying a set of 16in winter mags with the standard 215/60/R16 that Mazda runs on the GX and GS models.

Already scoped the Nokia Hakappeliitta. Only question left is studs or no studs?

Cheers,

Ben
 

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As you wish. In some underground parking it is not allowed to have studded tires, but driving on icy area / snowy surface is much better on studded tires.
 

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I have a friend who is selling some 205/55/16 snow tires for a decent price. I'm not too versed in tires, but from what I've been able to google, it sounds as though the size difference is fairly minimal.

Can anyone here tell me if I would be able to put these tires on a CX-3 when I eventually buy one?
 

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I have a friend who is selling some 205/55/16 snow tires for a decent price. I'm not too versed in tires, but from what I've been able to google, it sounds as though the size difference is fairly minimal.

Can anyone here tell me if I would be able to put these tires on a CX-3 when I eventually buy one?
You could put them on, but they are too small. Reduced ground clearance, busier engine at cruise, inaccurate speed readings, and look silly. Go to tirerack.com for sizing.
To maintain approximate appropriate diameter on the 16" wheels

205/65/16 (less width)
225/55/16 (more width)
 

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I have a similar question.

An acquaintance is selling a set of OEM mazda 3, (design 143) 17inch wheels with 205/50 winter tyres. Wheels and tyres are in good condition and fairly priced.

Wheel pattern is same, I imagine width and offset will be a little different. I dont know enough to be sure if it matters.

But. Tyre shop chap tells me the tyres are too small.

Any thoughts?
 

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The radius of the 18 inch wheels with tyres is 327mm. Your mate’s 17s with tyre would be 318mm. It might make your speedo show incorrectly.
 

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I tried reading the suggestions above but am finding it a little confusing. I'm in the market for some winter tires for my CX - 3 AWD GT.

Right now it has the 18" wheels but I want to a get a whole new set of tires/rims for the winter seasons here!
Can anyone give suggestions on what I should get?!

I hear the Michelin X-ice are good, but if I can get away with saving some $$ I'm open to anything as long as they fit on the car ok!

Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks!
 

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I just went on to Tirerack and they have the CX-3 up on there with pics! So you can get an idea of what wheels look like on the CX-3 and match up tire sizes.
 

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My dealer had an extra set of 17" Mazda mags for me so I went with 215/55/17 in factory studded Nokian Hakkappellitta 8. I'll be off by 0.8% but I can live with that

$1200 wheels included.
 

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I'm just looking up TireRack and take the best price/user's review ratio.
You can easily get a good one for less than $200 CAD per wheel.
 

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And that is for steelies too.

Someone from Montreal might be aware of what happens when you leave a car with mags out while it snows. Well if you don't, the snow gets inside wheel wells and puts your wheels extremely out of balance. It may not seem like a big deal but it is a pain in the butt. My last car had 17" mags and even after making the point to clean the snow out even the little spots you can't get to make for crazy vibration at around 45mph (or whatever the kwh equivalent is).

I have been looking for a set of 16" black aluminum wheels with just round holes in them. Something a little more stylish than Steelies but that can accept a tire with more cushion. Nothing on Tirerack met my fancy. I also wanted winter tires with white sidewalls or lettering. They don't seem to make those for anything other than trucks.
 

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We ordered Mazdas OEM 17inch rim M008 from the dealer. We went one size down. Michelin Xi3 winter tires on sale at Costco, hope to order them shortly.

Always had winter tires. Sort of had too when you drive a Miata in the winter. You really learn to drive when you drive that in the ice and snow. Tow truck in a box is a must. Carried that over to every car I've owned so it paid for itself. But seriously, even at the dealer, they made a comment that the CX-3 is AWD and doesn't need winter tires. It may not snow a lot here in Toronto, but having a winter tire that stops and grips better in ice is a nice add on to the AWD system. I've recently owned BF Goodrich and Kuomo winter tires, all better than the 3 season tires performance in bad weather.

Mazdas tire site is http://tires.mazda.ca/mazda
 

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I just ordered my snow tires today - CX-3 GT with the 215/50R-18 and I went with 205/65R-16 Blizzak WS80 (I've always used Blizzaks and love them). The 16" rims with the 65R sidewall have exactly the same tire diameter. 16" rims are cheaper than 18" and it gives a slightly narrower footprint (good in deep snow) and the tall sidewall handles potholes better than a low profile tire. Bring on the snow!
 

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Never heard of Tow Truck in a Box.

Thanks for that. Cheap too.
And if your in a real jam, there is always your rubber winter carpet mats that work as well.:D Canadian Tire and Amazon have many Tire Traction Aids on sale.

Mazda M008 Wheels. Not sure what size they are on the pic with the CX-3
 

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