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Old 3rd January 2008, 19:37   #16
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The spare is a donut. Our S40 T5 in the US has the same. Cost saving for Volvo by not including the full kitted tyre with rims. Usually donuts cannot exceed 50 MPH and should be changed right away a.ka. mounting a new tubeless onto the existing rim with the damaged tyre. Our S40's tyre got shreded once and I slapped on the Donut. Then dropped of the rim at Town Fare Tire. They mounted a Michelin - About $260+ installed! So These must be pretty expensive hence the cheaper donut.

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Nice find, Prasanth!

Pretty much a standard procedure with most (if not all) car makers in the US. Cost saving,and the idea of a cheaper tire to be used as a spare is to ensure that the person gets the original tire fixed at the earliest. These spare tires are really weak,and speeds exceed 45mph are dangerous.
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Nice find, Prasanth!

Pretty much a standard procedure with most (if not all) car makers in the US.
There are exceptions specifically SUVs - our GX470 has a full spare mounted on original rims. Our Older ML320 too had full spare and Mercedes still does not include donuts - Our older E320 and the current E350 (This maybe due to the 19" low pros). The 5 series that we had did not have a spare period - because of run flats.
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There are exceptions specifically SUVs - our GX470 has a full spare mounted on original rims. Our Older ML320 too had full spare and Mercedes still does not include donuts - Our older E320 and the current E350 (This maybe due to the 19" low pros). The 5 series that we had did not have a spare period - because of run flats.
There are a few SUVs that do have a regular sized spare wheel.Quite a few have provision to have the tire mounted on the rear tailgate/door.
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