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
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.
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
Last edited by Restyle; Jun 27th, 2014 at 08:55 PM.
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