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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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I was driving my eco back home after a long week out of town for work, and ran something over on the highway. Unfortunately the object slashed the sidewall of the tire. Needless to say the tire repair kit did not fix it. With no spare and no tire stores open I had to have it towed to the nearest dealer. I was still two hours from home. A new tire cost $200 from the dealer not to mention having to take Monday off of work to go get it. Chevy/onstar were very helpful in arranging a tow.

Now I am going to try and find a spare/jack assembly that will work. Anyone have any insight to which one would work? Do other models of the 13 malibu come with a spare?
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Now I am going to try and find a spare/jack assembly that will work. Anyone have any insight to which one would work? Do other models of the 13 malibu come with a spare?
In prior years, it was an extra cost option.

IF.....the prior year's jack would work, you should be able to find a "set" at a salvage yard.
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Do other models of the 13 malibu come with a spare?
What other models? The ECO is the only 2013 Malibu model you can get at this time.


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Nutcrunch, is correct. The Eco model of the Malibu is the only trim level available at this time. This model doesn't have the option for the compact spare tire.

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Let us know what you find for spares. I don't like the idea of not having one.
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What is odd to me is they left the space there for one under the trunk mat where they bolted the small air compressor and fix a flat down.
Seems since they weren't putting a spare in there they could have used that space better for more storage area especially since the battery takes up some space in the ECO. That spare tire space could have been used and actually made the trunk the same size if not bigger than normal which would have been a pretty good selling point with an ECO model and battery in the trunk but more room than some other cars.
I'd have to look at that area again but I think it was uncarpeted. If I could get some carpet to match the rest of the trunk I'd try and carpet it and leave the cover off that spare tire area and gain quite a bit more room.


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This model doesn't have the option for the compact spare tire.
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Let us know what you find for spares. I don't like the idea of not having one.
You have at times offered to relay things to GM.
This is one that I think deserves to be passed up the line.

A really LOT of people don't feel comfortable not having a spare tire.......for exactly the reasons enumerated in the original post.

I only remember having tire failures on the road 3 times in 40 years.
ALL 3 of them occurred either in the dead of night or on a Sunday.
I will never knowingly drive a car without a spare tire and will certainly not BUY one without it.

I think this is a serious marketing mistake.
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I am all set with the car. Just need to find out if the previous gen spare tire and jack will fit.
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It looks like at the least, the 2LT and LTZ carry a compact spare which would go in that space. RPO code P77 Tire, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm), includes steel wheel
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Re: Spare tire

Sorry for resurrecting this thread. I got a flat tire last night, and the sealant went in and right out of the tire. I am going to the dealer tomorrow to pick up a $40(!!) replacement sealant can. I brought up the topic of the spare tire, and it looks like the 2013 Malibu spare tire kit isn't suited for the Eco. Has anyone been able to get a spare/jack kit that works for them with the 2013 Eco?
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