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Full Size Spare vs. Tire Service Kit

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I have been looking into getting a Jeep Renegade for quite some time but one thing that has bothered me is the lack of a full size spare tire on any series other than the TrailHawk. I realize that I can purchase a spare tire as an option on the Sport, Latitude, and Limited to complement the tire service kit already provided standard. I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on having a spare tire as standard equipment versus a tire service kit. Would you keep safer with a full size spare or are you ok with just a tire kit. Does this go against Jeep's rugged look and feel by not providing a tire?
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A couple of vehicles ago, I had a car with only a repair kit. I knew it would only work for certain types of flats and I was okay with that. I've been driving for 34 years, mostly in New England, and never had a flat in any of my personal vehicles. I have had slow leaks that needed repair, but I've never needed to put on a spare (or been left stranded). I have always had AAA as a backup - for a little peace of mind.
I do think it makes Jeep look a little... well, less "Jeep" and more Fiat. That's just the way things are going.


Link to a little article on the subject: http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/th...pare-tire.html
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Full size spare is important enough to me that when I changed wheels and tires I bought 5 of everything including TPS modules. I have AAA, and I know they'll get me home. The full size spare allows me to fix the issue at my place of choice/convenience rather than have to make a spur of the moment decision based upon where the flat occurred. As I also offroad with the Renegade, it's a must on that car, but I have one for all of my vehicles.
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it's just not a jeep without a spare tire. unlike rsanges though, i've had a few flats in my day. i actually got a normal tire rather than the full size spare that comes with the spare tire kit, so if i lose a tire on an interstate in the middle of nowhere, i can stick with the extra tire for quite some time. either way, no spare tire is not right for a vehicle carrying the jeep brand. it should have a winch on the front too and kc lights and all that good stuff.
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Funny - had my mini for 10 years, runflats - never a flat. Had my jeep a week got a nail in my Tire......woke up to 14psi was enough to get me to a close gas station for more air then to a shop for a plug. I thought the computer was crazy as the tire didn't even really look flat at 14psi. Sure enough when I measured it it was....

I didn't even know I didn't have a spare at all until I needed it - I was floored. So much empty space under my trunk floor.
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Good topic.

I've had nails in my tires that slowly deflated the tire but got me to a tire shop to fix. Never had an actual flat that I had to switch the tire for the spare which 2 of the 3 vehicles I've rode in had. I just rode to the tire shop (which are a dime a dozen here in NYC) I'm lazy to do it myself. As for my future Renegade, I'm debating whether if a full size or temp spare is needed. But on the other side of the coin, it good to know it will be there if a situation arises.

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I only really care about a full-size spare if I'm off-roading or on a long trip. For daily driving around town, a fix-a-flat, compressor, (or worst case, AAA) are sufficient to get me going.

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You cannot do a puncture repair after you have injected foam into the tyre (UK ) . I have ordered a full size tyre with mine as there are nails and screws in the worlds roads
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I am not sure where you all live, but when I inquired at our Jeep service department the spare tires were not in the system yet. What can I use as a alternative, I have a Renegade Limited with 18" wheels. Would rather have a full size wheel/tire
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I just used my employee discount (25%) to purchase the full size spare kit. With tax it was $238. Comes with tire, jack, screwdriver, bag & strap for something. Not cheap, but peace of mind. There is still a ton of room leftover for the inflation kit, jumper cables, tool bag, etc..

We are heading out for a 2500 mile round trip and didn't want to be worried about more than just a nail in the tire. Having both the tire and inflator is nice.
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