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Old 19th December 2005, 19:08   #1
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NO FREAKING SPARE !!!!!

This morning on the way to work I had a flat tire in my 2002 M5. I have always been nervous about driving this car without a spare wheel and tire when I absolutlely have to be somewhere like the airport or an important business appointment. In any of my other BMW's I would open up the trunk, pullout the quality jack and full size wheel and tire, and be rolling within five minutes. This morning I used the M-Mobility Kit to try to put air in the tire but with the weight of the car on the wheel, the tire would not seal on the rim. As I was cursing out loud, a kind gentelman stopped in his Toyota to offer assistance. He could not believe that such an expensive car didn't have a spare. With his jack and tire pump we were able to get the car rolling again. How embarassing! I WILL NOT buy another BMW that does not have a full size spare and jack in the trunk!!!
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Re: NO FREAKING SPARE !!!!!

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This morning on the way to work I had a flat tire in my 2002 M5. I have always been nervous about driving this car without a spare wheel and tire when I absolutlely have to be somewhere like the airport or an important business appointment. In any of my other BMW's I would open up the trunk, pullout the quality jack and full size wheel and tire, and be rolling within five minutes. This morning I used the M-Mobility Kit to try to put air in the tire but with the weight of the car on the wheel, the tire would not seal on the rim. As I was cursing out loud, a kind gentelman stopped in his Toyota to offer assistance. He could not believe that such an expensive car didn't have a spare. With his jack and tire pump we were able to get the car rolling again. How embarassing! I WILL NOT buy another BMW that does not have a full size spare and jack in the trunk!!!

I carry a (used) front rim with a low cost Khumo tire mounted, stored in a black tire cover, in the trunk and secured by an adjustable strap. I also had to buy a jack and real lug wrench. Of course, its been five years and I have never had to use it. Go figure.
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Old 19th December 2005, 20:31   #3
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I carry a (used) front rim with a low cost Khumo tire mounted, stored in a black tire cover, in the trunk and secured by an adjustable strap. I also had to buy a jack and real lug wrench. Of course, its been five years and I have never had to use it. Go figure.
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Re: NO FREAKING SPARE !!!!!

I wonder if a doughnut from a e39 540i will clear the calipers on an M5.
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Old 19th December 2005, 22:47   #5
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That is exactly why I use run-flats and Smart tire pressure moniter. I have seen articles on a new wireless tire pressure moniter that simply screws on to the valve stem. Will
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I wonder if a doughnut from a e39 540i will clear the calipers on an M5.
Didn't know the E39 540 had a doughnut. Is it shown on realoem.com? If you have the tire size, we can at least see if the rolling diameter is right.

I think an E60 545 doughnut would fit. Optional tire size is the same as E39 M5, so theoretically the doughnut should have the right tire diameter and fit if the hub is drilled out to fit the E39 hub bore. Not sure if it would clear calipers however. Just haven't had time to delve further into that one yet.
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Re: NO FREAKING SPARE !!!!!

Now that I think of it, I believe all E39 came with full size spare. Didn't the E60 did away with spare tires too?
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Now that I think of it, I believe all E39 came with full size spare. Didn't the E60 did away with spare tires too?
Realoem shows a donut spare, but I don't know if the cars actually came equipped that way. Just going of the info on that site. Maybe one of our board members who work at a dealership can check on the e60 donut spare to see if it exists.
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I carry a (used) front rim with a low cost Khumo tire mounted, stored in a black tire cover, in the trunk and secured by an adjustable strap. I also had to buy a jack and real lug wrench. Of course, its been five years and I have never had to use it. Go figure.
I keep one of my original front rims with a near new Dunlop 8080 mounted on it in a Tire Tote in the trunk. I have it secured with a bungie cord. I picked up a BMW jack and the other missing trunk hardware from my dealer. The upside is peace of mind. The down side is added weight and loss of trunk space.
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Old 20th December 2005, 01:41   #10
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Re: NO FREAKING SPARE !!!!!

I keep a front and rear mounted rim in the garage, with a kit of ratchet and torque wrench, so that my wife can bring to me in a jam.

I see that some of the posts in this thread indicate keeping a front tire/rim in the trunk. Will that also fit on the rear wheels also?
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