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Old 23rd May 2017, 01:53   #76
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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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I got a preowned 2012 BMW 520d recently.Previous owner gave the space saver he had brought from BMW which was not used even for one time .
He had lost one key and we were negotiating on the price wen he said instead of the second key ,which cost around 30k as per him (Not sure though have to check with the company) he will give the brand new space saver which costed around 37k (As per him)from BMW. (Again not sure of the price)

The other four tyres have been replaced to tubeless tyres along with MoMo Alloys.I just want to know the space savers BMW sells is all the same brand tyres or will they change it.Mine came with Continental Tyres for the space saver with all the tools.

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I got the same 'space saver' conti tyre that eats up 1/2 the boot space. Price was 36-37k from memory.
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The BMW Space savers may be of different make than the ones shod on the four wheels. I have Pirellis as the main tyres and Hankook as the Space Saver.

The Cost of the entire space saver kit it is about 33-35K if I remember. The Space saver Tyre and the alloy however is about 20 K without the kit
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Speaking of spare tyres, hereís an idea that could be resuscitated by the manufacturers:

No, but seriously, I really wish the big German brands take our requirements with a bit more seriousness. Heck, if the Skoda Superb and the VW Passat, which are large saloons in their own right, can be offered with a dedicated wheel well, then why not the bigger companies!? Also, I have seen various European reviews on YouTube which show that if you donít want to carry the spare wheel, you can use that space as additional storage, or even to place additional music equipment like the sub-woofer, like this:
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Now thatís proper thinking! Why canít this be the norm and the other way around be the exception? That way, if you want to save on CO2 emissions, leave the spare wheel out and carry less weight, if youíre keen to take the risk, or, just give the customer the option.
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