I thought you were supposed to call the nice TeleAid people and have someone come and do all that for youfgwinn - 3/10/2005 4:34 AM
This topic was covered some months ago. After you're done contemplating how to remove and stow the spare, you can move onto the next question, "How do you stow the front or rear tire and wheel after you mount the spare?" I guess MB expects you to limit flat tires to your own driveway. On second thought, the car computer probably detects the absence of the spare and directs you to the nearest dealer to purchase a wheel and tire to replace the one you left on the side of the road.
It was not the cost of the run-flats that discouraged me from buying them. It was what I perceived to be a more bumpy and noisier ride when I drove a demo car with them.YellowSLK230 - 3/10/2005 8:49 AM
Whether anybody "gets it" or likes it, the R-171 is really designed for run-flat tires. The C6 Corvette doesn't even have a place for a "token" spare tire like the one in the R-170. This is the reality that is coming; its getting too dangerous to deal with flat tires; the Explorer debacle virtually put Firestone out of business as a brand name with lawsuits, and put Ford seriously into the red about the rollover issue and vehicle safety. There is too much "riding on our tires" to quote an advertising phrase, to let them go flat and kill us by causing the car to crash, or to leave us on the side of the road, like Ennis Cosby, to get shot to death playing tire buster, changing a $100 flat tire on a $100,000 car. The technology is already here; its only a matter of changing buyer perception to accept the additional cost as desireable, and modifying production lines to ramp up volume production. Expect a "Check Tires" light soon to join the Check Engine light as standard equipment, to tell you to take the car to the dealer for tire repair at your earliest convenience.
I didn't notice any particular problem with harshness in either C5 or C6 Corvettes, which are suspension "tuned" for the standard run-flats on those cars. There would likely be minor suspension differences needed to adjust to the stiffer sidewalls of the performance run-flats MB offers; if they don't do that, then it would be no surprise that they would be somewhat harsher, but so is the "sport" suspension without the run-flat benefits. The Michelin PAX system is yet another different kind of run-flat with a very different wheel and sidewall properties and an inner support device to carry much of the weight load when a tire loses air; comes on the Honda mini-van. The C6 run-flat is 2nd generation and better than the C5 tire, so improvements are still being made in this technology. Considering the cornering ability of the C6, performance is already "adequate".malibuite - 3/10/2005 12:11 PM
It was not the cost of the run-flats that discouraged me from buying them. It was what I perceived to be a more bumpy and noisier ride when I drove a demo car with them.