On my 2002 model (also 205/50-16 standard) I changed to a 55 profile
with no ill effect. I think it may actually help the gearing on a 2.0
by making it slightly longer. The impact absorption over broken road
and potholes is also slightly better.
AFAIK the later models here in South Africa came with 205/55-16 as
You should check with Ford and your insurer before changing. They may
invalidate your warranty and your insurance may invalidate your claim
if you have one.
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