About 4 years ago, I bought a new BMW E46, 320d. Now, 4 years later, I've
had a look in the trunk below the floormat and I've noticed that I do not
have a spare wheel. Nor do I have a little replacement tire.
Is this normal? I did buy the M Sports package which comes with the 18"
alloys & tires, but I'd at least expected a small replacement tire...
My second question is about the toolkit that is attached to the trunk lid.
If you open it, there are several tools in there, lodged in that little
plank hanging from the trunk. Now I've noticed that there is a spare
opening on top, with grips, so I suppose there should be some kind of tool
there. Is there one, and if so, which one am I missing?
Thanks in advance,
Lacking a spare, your car should have the mobility kit which includes (IIRC)
an aerosol can of sealant and a cigarette lighter powered inflation pump.
The idea is to seal the puncture with the goop, reninflate and limp home
until you can replace the tire.
On the up side, most modern tires are pretty stout. Occasionally roadside
debris (nails in a construction area) will cause a puncture or a slammed
pothole or clipped curb can damage the sidewall. A spare would be nice, but
evidently the 18x40x2xx won't fit in the same hole as the 17" variation.
R / John
Am I correct in assuming that this mobility kit would be stored in the
same place in the trunk then? Because I've just had a look, and while
there is actually a jack there, there is no tire, no mobility kit or box
so something that could pass for such a kit...
The point to me is more whether or not the spare was once there - I've
had an accident a while ago (someone hit my parked car), and I didn't
trust the towing service one bit. So therefor I was wondering whether or
not that's where my spare tire (and possible missing tools) were.
To me, neither spare nor mobility kit are of any use, actually. In the
event that I do get a flat, I just call a taxi and call the service
department to fix it all and bring the car home. It doesn't cost me a
cent and it's the quickest way home (or to whatever place I'm headed).
Some models for some markets did not have a spare wheel supplied not did they
have the limp home kit. If you feel you need one after 4 years get an old alloy
from a wrecker and stuff that in the trunk/boot.
Ask BMW. Give them your VIN and they should know.
I would have said yes, especially if there is a jack. Not all the
holes in the tool kit have tools in them even from the factory and in
any case they're more for show than anything as they're made out of
This may sound like a stupid question, but are you <certain> you don't have
a spare? Under the mat and the floor panel is there just a big empty space,
or is there a large black plastic tray? If the latter, try removing the tray
and if you're in luck ...
First of all, Chris, there are no stupid questions.
Keeping in mind that first statement, I'll be in that distant corner over
there where I'll remain in hiding until the laughter fades away. It'll take
some time, I fear...
PS: thank heavens I didn't post this on usenet... D'OH!!!
Could have been much worse - just imagine going back to the dealer to
complain that someone had stolen the spare. The really dumb thing is that
you cannot fit an 18" x 8J wheel into that hole.
On your second question - there are some tools that are dependent on fitted
options (I seem to remember a handle to operate the electric sunroof if the
motor fails; not sure if it applies to the E46), so you may have everything
you need. There are certainly one or two gaps in my tray. If you want to
post a list I'll be happy to check against my car.
Hahah. That's just too funny (and typical).
So, lets just suppose there was a spare tire under the floor in your
trunk. What do you suppose the air pressure would be in that spare tire
when you needed it, after ignoring it for >4 years.
Did you think the spare tire fairys would keep it pumped up?
My dealer checks it at every service and leaves a sticker on it with date
and pressure. Or more likely just puts the sticker there. ;-)
IIRC, they inflate it to above the normal. And I'd expect a new wheel and
tyre to maintain that pressure even after 4 years.
*42.7% of statistics are made up. Sorry, that should read 47.2% *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Nope. But read again what I wrote: "even if I had one I wouldn't be
tempted to change it". I've never changed a spare in my life.
If I *had* a flat tire, I'd call the service department of my insurance,
let them sort it out and call a taxi and be on my way.
Wow. What a feeling of complete and utter dependance you must have.
You also must live in a city and never venture out of its confines. In
some (many) places in the world you'd be waiting a whole lot longer for
that taxi than it would take to throw on a spare tire. ...assuming you
are capable of turning a lug nut.
That's one way of looking at it.
I'm perfectly capable of changing a spare, as well as maintaining the
basics of a car - but I figure since I'm already paying for the service,
why not profit from it?
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