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View Poll Results: What type of spare tyre should Alfas have?
A proper spare wheel 12 52.17%
A space saver 5 21.74%
A puncture repair can to save more space 4 17.39%
It depends on the type of Alfa 1 4.35%
Other 1 4.35%
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Spare tyres

Some cars look good with 'proper' spare tyres (Landrover Defenders, Morgans etc).

Whereas some cars it doesn't really matter as you don't see the spare wheel, but isn't it inconveniant only having a space saver?

Nowadays some manufacturers only provide a puncture repair can, but would you really feel safe driving on a tyre repaired in such a way?

What tupe of spare tyre should Alfa have?
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Re: Spare tyres

Due to the size of modern tyres - and the fact that the new Alfa's seem a bit 'lardy' and therefore a bit more weight might be saved, I voted for the puncture repair kit - no wheels to take off is also another benefit.

However, perhaps for the older models a proper spare tyre is appropriate.
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I voted for the puncture repair kit - no wheels to take off is also another benefit.

Ditto.

Even my skinny spare seems to be a bit
of a waste of space.
Thinking of buying a can o' gunk and a compressor.
There is loads of space to be had in the sparewheel well!
 
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Re: Spare tyres

I think the minimum requirement is a space saver tyre. What happens if you shred the original tyre, you will not be able to repair it.
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Re: Spare tyres

what a timely poll. had a puncture last sunday after hitting some unknown object left on the road in my case a repair kit wouldn't be useful due to the nature of the damaged ( tear on the tire sidewall ). had to move at less than 80 kmh for more than 100 km just to reach home on the space saver spare tire...
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proper car..then a proper tyre

 
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I think the minimum requirement is a space saver tyre. What happens if you shred the original tyre, you will not be able to repair it.
I totally agree. ( although alfa gives standard a repair kid, whereas the space saver is an option)
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I think the minimum requirement is a space saver tyre. What happens if you shred the original tyre, you will not be able to repair it.
Don't you just phone up the AA and get them to sort it for you???

The time I had a puncture, along some narrow lane where cars wizzed along - yeah it was in the rush hour and just getting dark, I couldn't get the bloomin wheel of in any event. A puncture repair kit would have probably been more useful!!!
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I totally agree. ( although alfa gives standard a repair kid, whereas the space saver is an option)

Not in France they don't It's the other way round.

If you buy Michelin you get 24/7 tyre callout
cover included anyway.
 
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Re: Spare tyres

My GTV came with a can of spray.. dunno what sort of condition it'll be in after 6 years in the boot but I don't fancy relying on it if I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere (or abroad).

So I bought a spare wheel and jack kit off eBay.. but really Alfa should give a proper sized alloy spare.

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Don't you just phone up the AA and get them to sort it for you???

The time I had a puncture, along some narrow lane where cars wizzed along - yeah it was in the rush hour and just getting dark, I couldn't get the bloomin wheel of in any event. A puncture repair kit would have probably been more useful!!!
Its a 10 minute job to change a wheel - a lot less time than waiting for someone to help you out. I always check the wheel bolts myself if the cars been for service or tyre shop - loosen then retighten by hand with the wheel brace.

While I was on holiday last year I hit a small piece of metal in the road and ripped a hole in the tyre. 10 minutes later I was back on the road again - not sure what I would have done with a can of spray in a foreign country in the middle of nowhere at night.

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So I bought a spare wheel and jack kit off eBay.. but really Alfa should give a proper sized alloy spare
I know what you mean, but it would be difficult to fit a full sized alloy in a GTV.
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Re: Spare tyres

I've only got the can of gunk and i must confess i do feel vulnerable to the dreaded puncture

I'd rather have a spare, proper one, the other trouble is not many tire places hold my size of tyre in stock and even if they have it won't be the same type so thats well over a hundred quid wasted if you are away from home and have to have a tyre
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Re: Spare tyres

I think that it should have a puncture repair can to save more space, but especially to save weight. Alfa cars are very heavy, and they should be lighter to outperform competition!
Although I reckon that it only should be like that in veloce and GTA versions.
The 159 should have a full sized alloy.
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