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From a fifth tire to a spare tire ?!?

I was on the road the other day and noticed two new model SL's with the donut spare tire on. It struck me as odd to see two in a day (not the same... one front tire and one rear tire). But what happened to mercedes having a fifth tire as the spare and not a donut. I would expect that on a $25,000 Honda or Chevy (Not trying to single out those brands, just picking middle of the road brands) but I would expect to see (or not notice) the spare as another of the matching wheel tire combos (espeacially on a car that can range from 90- 180k).
Is this just another characteristic of Mercedes slide in reliability, engineering, etc...
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None of the above.

It's a weight-saving measure.

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None of the above.

It's a weight-saving measure.
To the extent that you may have no spare at all, not even the small donut. In Europe at least I think it is the primary option to have a tire fix kit but one can have the donut too, an option at no extra cost (indicating that it is not a cost issue).
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I was on the road the other day and noticed two new model SL's with the donut spare tire on. It struck me as odd to see two in a day (not the same... one front tire and one rear tire). But what happened to mercedes having a fifth tire as the spare and not a donut. I would expect that on a $25,000 Honda or Chevy (Not trying to single out those brands, just picking middle of the road brands) but I would expect to see (or not notice) the spare as another of the matching wheel tire combos (espeacially on a car that can range from 90- 180k).
Is this just another characteristic of Mercedes slide in reliability, engineering, etc...
If any of you would like to comment, I would be interested as to what you can contribute.

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"...just another characteristic of Mercedes slide in reliability, engineering, etc..."

Are you daft?

Don't believe everything you think
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Dodge Viper and most of Corvettes have no spare at all.
On our ML55 the "donut" spare goes into the trunk space. Even with smaller size it cuts luggage capacity quite a bit. Can't imagine carrying full size spare there.
Some members here already removes spares from the trunk and rely on cell-phones and roadside assistance.
I drive on deserts too much.
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Is'nt the donut spare tire only for north america? I have a full size 16 rim as pare with my original Pirelli P6000 tire on it also i purchase a sixth rim (just in case) with a Federal tire on it. Most US MB's or other cars i see them with the donut. What a site, when they put it under the car. I think the car rides side ways with it does'nt it.

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This is what you should keep in your boot. Better than a spare when you have a puncture.
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This is what you should keep in your boot. Better than a spare when you have a puncture.
Good luck with 3" puncture I've got on our ML with that
I have full size (but black color) spare in my wagon. Somebody here told, that this is only option in 4-Matics.
Than I don't think I would want to carry the big spare wheel in our ML. Where would I put the beer?
Runflats still need some improvements.
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Just get run flat tires.
Yet another reason to buy Mercedes as opposed to BMW is BMW's use of runflat tires.

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