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Old 23rd May 2017, 01:53   #76
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Default Re: Pics: BMW's incredibly stupid spare tyre solution

While I shared similar concerns as expressed in this thread, after 5 years with RFTs, I think I can safely say that I was just being paranoid
Unless you spend a lot of time driving through very remote areas , I think RFTs and lack of a spare are a non issue
Just get a good quality tyre inflator (and maybe a set of puncture repair tools)

(1) In five years, I had two flats - Either it is a gradual improvement in the quality of our roads or better quality of tyres but the incidence of flats seems to be reducing

(2) The first time I got a flat, I got a tyre puncture display on my cluster - The know-it-all idiot that I am, I assumed it to be a brake pad change indication
I continued to drive my car for a good 4-5 days on my daily commute (around 20kms) without even realizing anything is wrong !
It was only after my dad who was visiting spotted that the tyre pressure seems low after which we got the tyre fixed (total cost - 100 Rs - no damage to the tyre which went on to serve its full life)

(3) post this incident, I ordered a Coido inflator and a puncture repair tool (the latter never got used)
A few years later, I got the tyre flat indicator on the Mumbai Pune xpressway between lonavala and Pune
I reinflated the tyres to 30 and drove at slightly reduced speeds to Pune

In my replacement car , BMW included a space saver which I have promptly put in storage and will probably pull it out when going on my next long distance remote road trip
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