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- Feb 17, 2022
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- Denver, Colorado, USA
- 2023 Tesla Model Y LR. Volvo XC70 T6 retired 9/23
Tesla engineering trip thru Baja: 2 flat tires reported. How many spares did they have strapped into the bed?I challenge you to find me one Rivian owner who used this "feature" and could not have plugged the tire more easily and been on their way sooner. Tire plugs, assuming you know how to use them, are a superior solution for 99% of owners.
Just one example, documented on a forum, will suffice. Let's see just how useful a spare tire really is, in the real world. Remember, if the damage could have been more easily plugged, without having to remove and replace the wheel, it doesn't count.
Offroading IMHO is folly without a spare wheel. I am certainly not driving something even easy but remote like Canyonlands NP White Rim (100 mile backcountry loop) without a full-size spare wheel.
Ironically, in my Volvo XC70 (retired), driving on my parent's property, I had a rock cut which wasn't repairable. I had to put the car on blocks, load up the wheels into my dad's truck, and return home to Denver to get replacement tires. How lucky I was to have a spare truck to use. This 1,000 mile trip could have been avoided if I had a full-size spare.