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Old 10-19-2011, 09:33 PM
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No Spare Tire In new cars ?!?...

Just caught a local news story talking about how a lot of the newer cars are coming without spare tires. Instead, you get a can of fix-a-flat. lol whats next... No headlights.. just a free lantern.



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Old 10-19-2011, 10:14 PM
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I'm not surprised. Most of the owners of these cars probably aren't going to want to get their hands dirty... and even if they had a spare, they'd probably still call AAA.

Also, to be less pessimistic, it's probably to save weight, improve performance and cargo space on vehicles that need every pound shaved and cubic inch of space they can get.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:28 PM
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With the old chevy cobalts and their replacements the cruze the spare tire is an option...... I couldn't believe it when my wife and I bought our cobalts a few years back, then the same thing when I traded mine in for a cruze..... Although the dealer that we bought our cars from said that they always order them with the spare tire option.... $99 I know I used it 3 or 4 times on my cobalt, fix a flat probably would hav got me by on all those times except when I had a 16 penny nail go through the sidewall.............


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Some cars do not have room for a spare.And some of the sports cars have staggered tires.
Most of the beemers come with run flats,I think vettes do too.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:47 AM
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Thats funny .Here in Ga a law was passed that all used cars had to have a spare AND a jack before they are sold.....
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Well, I guess that you can somehow draw a linkage from this to the owners not wanting to get their hands dirty should they run into a flat which is actually quite a far cry from being able to deal with almost anything so that you do not have to ring somebody a call just to get things going. I reckon that there would be a bigger user base that would look for repair a flat than really changing them.
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The real question is can you truly call that round rubber like thing cars come with these days a spare tire?
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spare tires

that's why I like my old cars. enough room in the trunk for a jack, spare tire and groceries.
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Last Ford I bought

I let the salesman get 75% through the sales contract and then I told him I either get a real spare tire or I go else where. He returned in 15 mins with a spare tire for an Escort with aluminum rim.
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Bottom line is a very small percent of people actually use their spares. So if it's an expense the vehicle manufacturers can do without, then they won't offer it.

It's funny too, that newer cars come with fix-a-flat. That stuff is not compatible with the tire pressure sensors...
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no spare tire

I've tried that fix-a-flat a couple of times, didn't work either time
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Bottom line is a very small percent of people actually use their spares. So if it's an expense the vehicle manufacturers can do without, then they won't offer it.

It's funny too, that newer cars come with fix-a-flat. That stuff is not compatible with the tire pressure sensors...

Ewwwwwww never thought of that! You are dead right, and a LOT of cars have these sensors. I would think it would ruin the sensor which go for a few hundred bucks all day long!

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Ewwwwwww never thought of that! You are dead right, and a LOT of cars have these sensors. I would think it would ruin the sensor which go for a few hundred bucks all day long!

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Which they can then sell to the car owners.
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i work for toyota, the siennas have run flat tires, so thats why theres no spare. and the owners love when they come in and i tell them that the tire they just ran over a nail in cant be plugged, and a new ones about 300 bucks
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soon a passenger seat will be an option,,
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