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Actually it's very American. What can they do to make the car lighter, cost less, and get better mileage, all while raising the price and making a higher profit margin? Seems very capitalistic, aka American.
I agree, but the whole earth is using that method nowadays. I think in Europe the cars do not have spare tyre for years. And the reason is what you said. Better mileage -> lower emissions. But there is a big problem here up north: the inflation kit doesn't work in freezing cold.
 

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The next step in car design will be to eliminate the space to even carry a spare. A flat floor is easier (read: cheaper) to make than a formed one, plus there wouldn't be any need to have a lift-off cover, either. Saving weight and money all at once - hmmm, what will I think of next? :wonders:
 

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It would be nice if since they left the spare out of the Eco and since it has reduced space because of the battery, why couldn't they have made the trunk floor flat and eliminate the space for the spare?
I mean, you can still use that space where the spare is usually at but you have to lift the cover and if anything is in the trunk you have to remove it first to get to it. Why not just leave the lift off cover out and make the trunk the same depth of where the spare usually is, thus regaining the lost space from the battery back plus more.
 

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I think because they acknowledge that many customers will put the spare tire in. They know how insane it is to sell a car without a spare but calculate the risk of the lost sale against the benefit of the lower sticker and higher mpg.
 

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So you think they know it is insane to sell a car without a spare so they sell a car without a spare anyways? What do you think they are, insane? You would have to be insane to buy a car from a company that makes cars if you think they are insane...

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So you think they know it is insane to sell a car without a spare so they sell a car without a spare anyways? What do you think they are, insane? You would have to be insane to buy a car from a company that makes cars if you think they are insane...

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Ouch!!!!!!!
 

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You guys are insanely funny! :D
 

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So you think they know it is insane to sell a car without a spare so they sell a car without a spare anyways? What do you think they are, insane? You would have to be insane to buy a car from a company that makes cars if you think they are insane...

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They have to gradually phase things like this out, people won't accept change that easily. Just like many things in life that change but we don't always notice it, because it wasn't done all at once, but gradually over time. We older generations have the idea that a full size spare is the way to go, look how long the compact spare has been with us now, the generation behind me probably never saw a full size spare. The generations to come will not know what a spare was. The spare tire area may not exist in some future models, but the public has to be guided that way slowly. Most of the spare tires I check for air pressure are flat or almost flat anyway, so if you needed to use it, it would be useless anyway.
 

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There is now way I would own a vehicle without a spare if I didn't have run-flat tires, which I also wouldn't own, because they are extremely expensive. I had a Cadillac ATS in the shop last week that didn't have a spare, but it had run-flats.

While it might be true that most tire problems are punctures, most people don't stop soon enough and end up ruining the tire from driving on it flat (at least that has been my experience working in a tire shop). Therefore, the inflation kit and fix-a-flat is useless. Also, I know many shops that will NOT repair a tire that has fix-a-flat in it.
 

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I have a 2015 Malibu and have had two flats. One I could drive to Pep Boys, the other happened on the freeway (big spike through the sidewall) and I had to have AAA tow me.
I want to buy a spare, do I buy a spare and rim, or just the spare?
Thanks for your help.
Ellen
 

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I have a 2015 Malibu and have had two flats. One I could drive to Pep Boys, the other happened on the freeway (big spike through the sidewall) and I had to have AAA tow me.
I want to buy a spare, do I buy a spare and rim, or just the spare?
Thanks for your help.
Ellen
Ellen you are going to need both and the tools (Jack & lug wrench) Below is a sample of them that fit most if not all Gen 8 Malibus (I am not sure if the Turbo version with large OEM wheels Fit the standard kit, so check with seller and Dealer if you have 19" wheels) **Note that you can carry an extra piece of pipe to extend/obtain leverage to fit over the wrench.

2013-2016 CHEVY MALIBU COMPACT MINI DONUT SPARE TIRE W/JACK KIT/HOLD DOWN BOLT | eBay
 

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Thanks, do I need the tools if I will be calling AAA to change it, should I buy this at the dealer?
Thanks again for your help.
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Thanks, do I need the tools if I will be calling AAA to change it, should I buy this at the dealer?
Thanks again for your help.
Ellen
You do not need the tools "if you'll be calling AAA"...Having said that, what if you're in a strange situation where that is not possible? If you can afford it, yeah, dealer items are usually best. I just can't justify it since I am a frugal do it yourself-er and eBay exists with brand new dealer items... :)
 

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I just called the dealer, they want 361.00 plus tax. I would get it on ebay, but I do not know how to install it. AAA is 56.00 a year, at that rate, I might as well skip the little donut. I am just leary now, but guess I will skip it.
Thanks again for your help, I really, really appreciate it.
 

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Just wanted to pass this along for anyone else that may look for a spare tire in the future. I have a 2015 Malibu - of course it came with that air compressor and "goo"; no spare jack etc....
Went to my local -pick apart place and they had a Pontiac G8 that had a donut spare tire. SO several different models of GM cars may fit.
It cost me TWENTY Bucks woohoo!!!
They are interchangeable with the Malibu.... Just keep your jack from your other car and save the $300 - $500 from getting it else where.
 

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In all the years I've been buying cars, I have never had to wonder whether there was a spare tire! I bought my Malibu in October - a 2013 model. This is one of several Chevy's I've bought over the years.

All my other cars had spare tires - since this is first without one, you'd think the salesperson would have let me know this very important fact! How does anyone produce a car without a spare tire? When you're at the point of needing to change a tire, an "inflation unit" is surely not going to help.

I wish I'd found this out before it was too late because I would have NEVER bought this car!!!
Well, I got the surprise of my life last night when my relatively new Malibu had a blowout. I always feel so smug, being one of the few people who would or could change their own tire, and, though I wasn't feeling up to the effort, I dutifully pulled up the rug-like flap in the trunk to find -- nothing. No spare donut and no jack if I had one.

People tell me I should have checked. It would have never occurred to me in a million years that there might not be a spare in my (relatively) new car. Every car I've owned since the '70s has had one. And it was Saturday about 6:00 PM, so the tire stores were all closed, and I really had no place to tow it until Monday (except back to my apartment and tow it again on Monday), and the 24 hour go-out-and-fix-your-tire place didn't carry my kind of tire . . . it just keeps going on.
 

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Sorry to hear of that.

For 10 years, give or take, the standard offering has been a tire pump and a can of goo. An actual spare tire with a cheapo steel rim could cost as much as $500 if you decide to buy it from the dealer after you buy the car.

If you have the time, look around in junk yards. Temporary spares that fit your car can usually be had for $25-50.
 

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After ten years, I finally have a GM spare tire in the Equinox! :)
 
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