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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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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!!!
I agree 100% with you. I had to buy a separate spare tire and a jack. It has saved me twice on the road,
 

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I have have had 2 tire issues since I have had my 2016 Malibu 2.0T, in both cases the pump and fix a flat would have done me no good. In the first instance it was a sidewall and I was lucky to find a tire shop that had a used 19” tire. The 2nd instance was 1/2 hole in the tread, I won’t go in to details, but.......I rent a lot of cars.
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Unfortunately we ''old school'' types who change their own tires are in the minority today. It is fashionable now to use your ''thumbs'' to deal with a flat aka summon road service and wait a few hours for AAA. So saving the planet with less weight in the car with a spare tire uses less fuel than a wrecker having to show up to do the job ?
 
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