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Old 07-25-2006, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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spare tire question!

Hi i recently bought a 03 e 320 used, i found my spare tire in the trunk to be a size 17" and it's black and brand new looking, is this normal because my normal wheels and tire are size 16" Thanks
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Hi i recently bought a 03 e 320 used, i found my spare tire in the trunk to be a size 17" and it's black and brand new looking, is this normal because my normal wheels and tire are size 16" Thanks
Hi viet! No it shouldn't be. Your spares should exactly match the tires equipped to standard on your car (i.e. if your tires are size 16", your spare should also be 16").
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If your car is a North American model you have a temporary use spare tire and not a full sized spare. It is a size T155/70R17 and is mounted on a 17X4 inch steel rim painted black. They have a rated life of around 150 miles and you should never exceed 50 mph while using it.
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thanks ..17" spare is what i have ..i just thought it was weird ..that's all , im glad it's confirmed now. Thanks guys
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It kind of sucks to pay all that money for a car to get a doughnut spare. I got a nail in a front tire and the dummies at the tire shop ruined the tire trying to fix it. My previous s class had a regular spare. I was shocked to see the doughnut in the trunk of the e-class. It could be worse I guess. My wife's BMW has run flat tires so you get no spare at all!
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It kind of sucks to pay all that money for a car to get a doughnut spare. I got a nail in a front tire and the dummies at the tire shop ruined the tire trying to fix it. My previous s class had a regular spare. I was shocked to see the doughnut in the trunk of the e-class. It could be worse I guess. My wife's BMW has run flat tires so you get no spare at all!
In Europe you either get a "TIREFIT package" without any spare tyre, or a minispare as an option (although this option is at no extra cost).

Since the minispare is at no extra cost, I assume MB is after less weight too. If a tyre failure is unlikely, it may be useless to carry some extra weight throughout the car's life, a tyre fit system may be sufficient. It is not only MB doing the same.

Even if the spare tyre would be of normal size, it would easily get "too old" to be driven together with new tyres. It is not good either if the tyres on the same axle have very different wear.
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