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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 2014, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I bought my Mini Cooper 2002 (Auto) in 2008 and it had and has always had run flat tires and as far as I'm aware never had a spare wheel.

I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if this car shipped with a spare wheel as standard?

I read somewhere here that that MC came with a spare wheel and the MCS came with run flats.. However, I believe mine was shipped with run flats...

It's a top spec MC, if that makes a difference?

I ask because my breakdown cover stipulates in their T&C's that the spare wheel must be to hand if the car was indeed shipped with one as standard...

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.....I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if this car shipped with a spare wheel as standard?
Hi, Ive had a 2001 Cooper, 2002 MCS & 2004 MCS - Of which, only the latter 2 came with runflats as standard.
Ive just had to look up my original 2001 price list to check on the first as I wasn't sure, but looks like they were indeed optional



Note - The MCS wasnt available until 2002

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I think a space-saver spare was standard equipment on Cooper models in the US market but in the UK it only was factory fit if the car came with standard 15" wheels (which had non-runflat tires). UK Cooper and One models fitted with optional 16" or 17" wheels had runflats and came with no spare.
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Thank you both!!

I do indeed have 16" wheels and as I said, when I bought the car (second hand), it came with run flats. Think I could get away with this?
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... I do indeed have 16" wheels and as I said, when I bought the car (second hand), it came with run flats. Think I could get away with this?
I dont think theres anything to 'get away with' here - looks like your car originally came with runflats, so wouldnt have come with a spare, so there should be no problem at all.

Most people, including me, decided to ditch the runflats long ago in favour of regular tyres which give:-

Quieter road noise
More Comfortable Ride - without the 'solid' sidewalls, ride softer
Better Grip - runflats are more of a compromise of materials which still run when flat, compared to regulars whose primary purpose is to grip
Far better longevity - runflats rubber composition wears away much faster
Much cheaper to replace

I Just carry a can of 'instant tyre fix' in the glovebox just in case


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I dont think theres anything to 'get away with' here - looks like your car originally came with runflats, so wouldnt have come with a spare, so there should be no problem at all.

Most people, including me, decided to ditch the runflats long ago in favour of regular tyres which give:-

Quieter road noise
More Comfortable Ride - without the 'solid' sidewalls, ride softer
Better Grip - runflats are more of a compromise of materials which still run when flat, compared to regulars whose primary purpose is to grip
Far better longevity - runflats rubber composition wears away much faster
Much cheaper to replace

I Just carry a can of 'instant tyre fix' in the glovebox just in case
Thanks a million!
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