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No spare tire=goofy and stupid

2262 Views 9 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  Pinecone
One of my biggest hangups with the new M models is BMW's bizarre decision to favor increased muffler size (and four cool looking exhaust tips) over fitting even a space saver spare tire. I post on this every now and then, but the linked thread got my attention and so I thought I'd do so again.

Can you imagine being on your way to a client site, having a flat, and having to wait by your car while it's flatbedded to a dealership? Or being on a freeway late at night, just wanting to get home, and having to call Roadside Assistance because you hit a nail? I've used the spare tire on several of my cars in just these situations; it simply blows my mind that BMW doesn't see the need to give a real spare tire.

IMHO, if they absolutely have to have the fancy chrome exhaust system, they should at least provide the option of run-flat tires. I realize that they decrease performance somewhat, but the notion of standing next to a brand new 50K+ car on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck because the tire is flat is just ridiculous.
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JPinTO said:
In the 500,000miles I've driven in my lifetime, I've never required the spare at all. In fact for about 5 years, I ran without the spare at all in my 91 Eagle Talon. There was no space for the stereo system and the spare, so bye-bye spare! Never even needed the can of fix-it-goo.
In the 103,000 mile lifetime of my Mazda MX-3 (4.5 years), I picked up somewhere between 1/2 and 1 dozen nails, had 4 replaced tires, and 1 replaced rim (quarter-sized hole).
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