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I have newer tires on my Jaguar Vandem Plas: size 225/60/60R16 and will sell car for parts soon. My wife wants to put them on her Mercedes 500ML (a SUV)which needs new tires.She now has 275/55R17/109  Can she exchange tires with me?


The tires from the Jag are way, way too small for your Mercedes SUV.  If you were to try to use them, they would very likely fail - and that sometimes has tragic results.

So, but your wife's car needs to have properly sized tires and the ones on the Jag are not them.


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Barry Smith


I have over 30 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of tires. I have served as the technical advisor to the "800" number. I have authored or co-authored many publications - usually without credit. I can answer almost any technical question, but please don`t ask me to compare brands. I probably have prejudices because of my work experience.


Member SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Member Tire Society (Tire Technical Organization) SCCA Regional Competiton License holder Authored many training manuals on tires, their care and use.

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I am a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - BME, 1971 I attended graduate school at the University of Akron - but did not complete my PhD - something I regret.

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