John, Hartsdale, N.Y.

Some Minis come with a compact spare tire, but because of space limitations, none comes with a full-size spare.

Base versions of the Mini Cooper hatchback and Clubman models with the standard 15-inch all-season tires have a compact, temporary spare with a steel wheel. Other Mini models, as well as the base hatchback and Clubman with optional 16- or 17-inch wheels, have run-flat performance tires and do not have a spare.

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A growing number of manufacturers are replacing compact spares with run-flat tires to save weight and because space is at a premium, but they have generated widespread complaints among owners, some of whom have been stranded by run-flats. Run-flat tires are supposed to be able to go up to 100 miles after being punctured, but in some instances, the damage may be too severe to continue driving, so the vehicle has to be towed. Owners also have reported they had to replace the wheel as well as the tire after trying to drive even short distances on a damaged tire.

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Answered by Rick Popely on December 12, 2011 in Mini , Mini Cooper , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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