Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 22:00:00 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Is it only me? wrote: > > Someone who looks an awful lot like sid cliffe <> wrote: > > that dislikes Compact Tyres ? > > > Just got a 9-5 SE lpt 2.3 auto (ARC) Saloon with all the toys,and I love it > > EXCEPT the baby size spare. > > Agreed completely. > > > It looks as though the boot well would take a full size wheel. > > Has anyone changed the compact ? > > It sure does, and no, I haven't yet. It's not as *deep* as > it would need to be for a normal 9-5 wheel and tire (sorry, 'tyre'), > but I would think that a steel wheel with a normal tyre on it would > fit both the car and the well. > > > OK! I'm a bit paranoid !. > > Perhaps, but I don't like the stress of being on a mouse-spare and > being limited, as you mention. Also, you don't want to have it > on the front, as it makes the differential do *way* too much work > while you're driving (think of what the spider gears are doing > when you have two different size drive wheels going). I can see you point in the US, but in the UK I'm never far away from a garage, in fact never far away from anything. Only used the 9000 space saver once on a journey of 1 mile. Some cars now come without any spare, e.g. the 'Smart' car. No, you wouldn't know that one. > I got some strange looks when I had a flat front tire, and the first > thing I did was jack up the *back* of the car on the same side, to take > off the full-size tire there so I could use that on the front. Sometimes, > it's more fun to just let folks wonder... Maybe they expected you to do the two wheel stunt drive... Johannes

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