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Old 02-05-2012, 12:39 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Didn't know that my new Elantra didn't have a spare tire until I picked it up the day after negotiating the deal. If I had known, the spare would have been part of the negotiation.
Since then I find the following:
I have a Limited edition which comes with a 17" wheel and low profile tires.
The instructions for using the fix-a-flat kit say to pressure the container, pump it into the tire then drive the car for 4 - 6 miles at a speed of 12 - 50 mph. Then stop and inflate the tire to full pressure.
Pumping fix-a-flat past the TPM sensor will probably ruin it. Is that covered in the warrenty?
Since all Limited edition cars have the low profile, the chance that the fix-a-flat will enable you to drive it away are pretty low. Ask any tire distributor what happens to these tires when they go flat. Also take a look at the warrenty for the tire. Put fix-a-flat in it or run it flat or with low pressure and you've voided the tire warrenty. So even if you are able to get it somewhere and save the tire, any other damage such as tred separation or anything else won't be covered.

This is a really BAD decision on the part of HYUNDAI or any other manufacture that takes this approach or is thinking about it.

Interested, is Hyndai thinking about continuing this or expanding it to other cars in the line?
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the weight savings probaly results in a few 1/10ths better mileage, so yes, I anticipate they ( other mfrs like BMW do this too) will continue this unless there is a customer backlash.

Original tires have ZERO warranty.
Damage to TPMS is probably NOT covered....
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Yes, I when I was at the dealler last they had a 2012 Sonota in the showroom, it to has no spare, just the inflator kit!
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the weight savings probaly results in a few 1/10ths better mileage, so yes, I anticipate they ( other mfrs like BMW do this too) will continue this unless there is a customer backlash.

Original tires have ZERO warranty.
Damage to TPMS is probably NOT covered....
At least BMW uses run flat tires . . .

How much does a donut spare and jack actually weigh? My guess is this has more to do with saving money (for Hyundai) than mpgs.
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35-40 lbs, maybe. Oh yeah, the almighty dollar... $50 per car (they want US to pay over $200 for a spare)
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35-40 lbs, maybe. Oh yeah, the almighty dollar... $50 per car (they want US to pay over $200 for a spare)
I'd be surprised if it's even 25lbs.
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Its about or less than 25 pounds... the spare in my nissan sentra was easier to lift than my 25lb free weight...
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It is not a 100% "universality", but often the spare wheel is stamped from aluminium.
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Stand corrected- was thinking of full size wheel and tire. And yes, I'm sure it's ALL about the money.
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I just bought a set of nice wheels for my Accent. I am gong to use one of the 14" steel wheels for my spare. Americas tire didnt have a used tire for me today so I still do not have a spare tire! I have three 14" steel wheels with only 700 miles on them if anyone is interested. I bought a jack, lugwrench, jumper cables and a tow rope for my emergancy kit so far.
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