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i was surprised that the new optima has no spare tire but comes with a tire mobility kit which consists of a air compressor and a sealant bottle thats great if the tire doesn't blow out. i wounder what happens if you are in the middle of no were and no cell phone signal.
i made the dealer give me a spare tire and jack from a 2011 but of course it wont fit in the spare tire hole so when i take a road trip in the trunk it will go.
Probably they do not expect you to drive through the wilderness in such nice car. Only to the mall, some commuting, pick up kiddies from school... What they are thinking.. but it looks like to be a trend in auto industry...
The spare tire deletion is a huge disappointment to me. That's one of the reasons that BMW dropped off my shopping list. Run-flats are not an option I would consider. BMW and Mini drivers have expressed many complaints about the ride degradation and difficulty/cost of replacing a run-flat tire that has had a problem.
Guess my 2011 will have to last me a long time (as I planned, anyway).
UPDATE! the Styrofoam case for the mobility kit comes out and the spare tire cavity still has the bracket installed to secure the spare tire so the spare tire and jack i made the dealer give me fits perfect and so does the mobility kit nice and flush just like the 2011's.
I do feel better now that i have a spare and don't have to worry if i have a blow out if i am out of cell phone range.
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