The new Cobalt and Malibu (and possibly many other cars) no longer have a
spare tire and jack unless you pay $100 for the option. Instead, you get an
"inflation kit" that is probably like the gunk you buy at the auto store.
Frankly, I don't recall the last time I've needed the spare, but I'm more
comfortable knowing I have it if I'm driving out in the boonies late at
Does anyone remember the first GM design of a mini spare? I have a few
of them around here. 13", 14" and a couple 15" They were a standard rim
with a VERY elastic tire mounted on them. The sidewalls collapsed in and
the tread compressed the entire unit down to a size about 1" larger than
the bare rim. Included a CO2 canister that you screwed into place to
inflate the tire up to standard size.
Porsche used them on a few models as well. They included a small
compressor for the ones they used though.
Ah, nothing beats the Hummer H1's CTIS... Going down the highway, you
can both monitor tire pressure with the dash gauge, and add air as
needed. I picked up a nail in CT once, drove to NH, adding air every
15 minutes or so to keep the pressure at the level I wanted. Worked
Spare? Nope, the Hummer H1 doesn't have one from the factory. Does
have run-flats, CTIS, and by carrying a plug kit you are all set.
before you get all hot and bothered about it, if you have bought a car
lately there are many options offered, depending on the dealer you will find
many or almost all with this option included. They can order it any way they
want plus there are many tirm levels for the dealer to order
I see where gas tank capacity
of the Focus and the Cobalt are down to 13 gallons.
Did they save a penny by making the tank smaller ?
Was shaving the weight of 2 gallons ( 16lb ) mean that much ?
So, folks'll spend that much more time at the gas station.
BTW; I priced the new COBALT at EDMUNDS again.......
So much that's "standard" on other cars is an extra-cost option.
A "compact car" with a $17,000 price tag ??? OUCH !!
Every manufactures small cars have been going up in price since 2008. The
reason being that their larger more expensive models sales are down and no
longer providing the profits that were used to subsidize the price of their
Every manufacture needed small cars sales to support CAFE and thus they were
subsidized to enable them to sell more of their higher profit models that
adversely effect their CAFE figures
I hate the secret sauce. I am not wild about pickles or lettuce on a
burger either. I like things my way.
All this talk about not having a spare got me thinking - I have never
even checked to see if my Fusion has a spare....I am pretty sure it
does. On the other hand, my F150 definitely has one since I had to use
it when the truck was less than 6 months old. For by previous F150, I
did not take the spare down from the rear until the truck was 13 years
old, and then I was sitting in the driveway at home.
I suspect most Malibus in a dealer's stock include the spare. I can't
imagine a dealer would order one for the lot without it. On the other
hand, some cheap fleets or individuals might decide not to.
I always keep a cheap air compressor in all my vehicles. I'd much
rather blow the tire up on the side of the road than jack it up to
change the tire. Roadsides are not ideal jacking locations!
it was nice having the spare tire this past September when a road trip
to Ohio resulted in a 2" slit in the inner sidewall. Fix a flat or plugs
would of been useless to me in this case..
I prefer a spare.
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