I started a new thread as I didn't want to drag the X3 vs. Outback thread too far off topic.Jondalar said:Well I just read that the X3 has only a space saver spare, how can anyone venture more than a short distance off road with that as their only backup in case of a puncture? Did they make a space saver spare that can cope with off road conditions??
HA! Like BMW cares about what happens to you when you get a flat.
I gotta rant 'cause of what I went through today. My M Roadster doesn't have ANY spare, and the tires are not runflats. All you get is a glorified can of Fix-A-Flat in the trunk and a 12v compressor. Apparently the design of the dual exhaust on the M variant takes up the spot for the space saver spare the Z3 uses. Yesterday I got a tire pressure warning on the way home, fortunately the tire held long enough for me to get to my driveway. Bigass screw right through one of the rear tires.
So - take off the wheel and get it fixed - simple right? Well, since BMW didn't put a spare in the car, they figure you aren't going to need a lug wrench either. Turns out I didn't have a hefty enough 17mm socket that would fit, so I had to buy one. With no road hazard coverage on the tire, I didn't want to pay BMW rates to fix the tire, so I had to find a shop that can handle the delicate 5 spoke M-sport wheel as well as do a decent repair. To top off the project, after I got the wheel home I had problems with my ISP preventing me from searching for the correct torque for the lug nuts.
Getting back to Jondalar's comment - yeah, I think it's criminal to not have a full size spare on an SUV that has ANY offroad pretensions .