Re: [DML] Re: AAA, Spare tires, and more of Bill's rants.
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Re: [DML] Re: AAA, Spare tires, and more of Bill's rants.

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM, soma576 <lienan82@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> **
> I don't think a single BMW has a spare tire anymore, and for sure the E9x
> series hasn't had them since they came out mid-2000's.
> Just talked to my dad - probably 1,000,000 miles driven and used a spare
> tire 3 times in over four decades of driving. Hasn't needed a spare in at
> least 25 years.
> I would classify a flat tire requiring a tire change to be the same thing
> as if my fuel pump or ignition module went out. Call a tow truck, get it
> fixed, move on with life but definitely don't fret over it or plan much for
> it. I'm rarely wearing clothes while driving around that I would want to
> get filthy changing a tire anyway.
> It's actually hilarious that someone is driving around in a DeLorean with
> a FULL size spare - in a car that has no cargo room to begin with, in order
> to prevent a problem that is in reality, very unlikely.
> I think it also depends on what your definition of "usable" is. Bill's
definition evidently involves sustained driving at high speed. When I hit a
curb and blew out one of my PT Cruiser's tires, I drove around on the
"donut" or convenience spare tire. I considered it to be quite usable, by
MY definition -- I drove home on it, and then to the tire store the next
morning, at speeds less than 45 MPH as cautioned on the tire's sidewall. I
imagine the DeLorean's convenience spare would also be quite usable,
provided the rubber is reasonably fresh and it is properly inflated -- two
things I would check before a long trip, even though I rarely make long
journeys through the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

Farrar Hudkins

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