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Old 07-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just closed on a new GT and I can confirm that it has some kind of spare tire under the mat in the rear. Didn't see what size, might be a space-saver on a steel rim. In any event, I was pleased to see an actual spare.

Not sure if this is a GT thing or all new Elantras.

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a space-saver.

What's funnier -- my Mom's 2013 BMW X3 only comes with the run flat stuff
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What's funnier -- my Mom's 2013 BMW X3 only comes with the run flat stuff
Run flat technology has made major strides and I think it is a viable alternative to a spare (with some tradeoffs in noise/harshnes and cost), so I wouldn't have an issue with an Elantra with run-flats. But I don't think the "Mobility Kit" with a can of sealant and a compressor is a very good way to handle flats. This is a "It might work if you're lucky..." solution.

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Run flat technology has made major strides and I think it is a viable alternative to a spare (with some tradeoffs in noise/harshnes and cost), so I wouldn't have an issue with an Elantra with run-flats. But I don't think the "Mobility Kit" with a can of sealant and a compressor is a very good way to handle flats. This is a "It might work if you're lucky..." solution.

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run flats are the worst@@@ I just traded in my mini cooper, and the only thing i hated on the cooper was the run flats.

rock hard...wear out to fast...and cost over $300 a piece to replace after 14k miles.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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run flats are the worst@@@ I just traded in my mini cooper, and the only thing i hated on the cooper was the run flats.
I with you to a degree....I also own a Cooper S and when the OEM Pirelli runflat tires wore out (in about 20K - about average tire life for this vehicle), I went with non-runflat Bridgestone tires with big improvements in ride/harshness.

But runflat technology has matured. I recently have driven several cars with runflats and they've made big strides. On a Cooper with its rock-hard suspension, you feel everything, but on a SUV (or an Elantra), they're probably going to be Okay.

Academic discussion anyway.... I'm happy with my non-runflats and a spare. Anything but the "mobility kit". (Haven't got the car yet, but hoping it comes with the Contis rather than the Hankooks, but given that GT's are built in Korea, it probably will have Korean tires.)

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woohoo. Mine comes with a spare too. It is a 2012 sedan. Luckily for us Canadians always got a spare.
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Run Flats are also heavier which would compromise the E's mpg.
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I with you to a degree....I also own a Cooper S and when the OEM Pirelli runflat tires wore out (in about 20K - about average tire life for this vehicle), I went with non-runflat Bridgestone tires with big improvements in ride/harshness.

But runflat technology has matured. I recently have driven several cars with runflats and they've made big strides. On a Cooper with its rock-hard suspension, you feel everything, but on a SUV (or an Elantra), they're probably going to be Okay.

Academic discussion anyway.... I'm happy with my non-runflats and a spare. Anything but the "mobility kit". (Haven't got the car yet, but hoping it comes with the Contis rather than the Hankooks, but given that GT's are built in Korea, it probably will have Korean tires.)

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my gt came with hancooks...and yeah they look pretty weak.
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my gt came with hancooks...and yeah they look pretty weak.
Have you considered an immediate replacement with something better?

On a new car, my local discount tire will typically do a swap to a better tire for around the cost difference between the tires. I did a quick search on tire rack, and thought the Michelin Primacy MXM4 might be good choice - same general class of tire but more highly regarded. And the MXM4 is a Green X tire so it should be similar in fuel efficiency to the Hankooks.

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Got a '13 GT 10 days ago and while at the dealer I checked the spare and found a real tire and not the pump. Was also looking at the Veloster and no spare was a negative. I had an 06 BMW 325 with sport suspension and run flats. Ride in San Fran Bay area was awful plus I got nails in tires 3 separate times within 1 year and while you are not supposed to repair run flats I found a place. Was one of the reasons I got rid of the car in a year.
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