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4carbcorvair
10-01-2013, 01:39 PM
Thankfully my wife was home this past Friday when she got the flat. I got a call from my wife while at work. I was able to sneak home, sure enough, left rear was flat. Only on the bottom tho. :yumyum: After work I pulled the tire off in hopes to find a screw or nail in the tire, plug it and be on our way. Nope. Hole in the sidewall. I go online looking. End up calling the place I work at and ordering a tire. Non in the state, can't get it until Monday..... Thankfully we have another car for my wife to use. Now, say we were 200 miles north for a weekend trip back home. We would have been screwed. Either we both miss work and the kids miss school. Or we pay for a rental, drive back, get a tire, drive another 400 miles round trip. And what if we needed a tow?? That would be more $$. If I had the $300 for a spare tire kit, I'd be jumping on one now. With that said, I feel a spare should be included in any and all cars. So far, this is my ONLY gripe with this car.

Haring
10-01-2013, 02:02 PM
That's why i bought a spare wheel off the classifieds. Pop that one on if I get one and then drop the flat at the dealership to fix under the wheel insurance policy - especially since the Abarth can't hold the spare kit.

Robert Nixon
10-01-2013, 05:10 PM
did you call FIAT roadside assistance (888)242-6342 for the flat tire?

4carbcorvair
10-01-2013, 05:26 PM
No, the car was in our driveway. I don't think they would have covered a sidewall damaged tire.

My biggest worry is having a flat in the middle of no-where, especially with no cell reception. Cell reception and civilization can be spotty here.

DowneasTTer
10-01-2013, 05:45 PM
Cell reception and civilization can be spotty here.


You got that RIGHT. As a former Mainer, 62 years living the Bangor area, I can attest that that is a true enough statement especially the civilized part :Peace:

Andree
10-01-2013, 07:36 PM
Thankfully my wife was home this past Friday when she got the flat. I got a call from my wife while at work. I was able to sneak home, sure enough, left rear was flat. Only on the bottom tho. :yumyum: After work I pulled the tire off in hopes to find a screw or nail in the tire, plug it and be on our way. Nope. Hole in the sidewall. I go online looking. End up calling the place I work at and ordering a tire. Non in the state, can't get it until Monday..... Thankfully we have another car for my wife to use. Now, say we were 200 miles north for a weekend trip back home. We would have been screwed. Either we both miss work and the kids miss school. Or we pay for a rental, drive back, get a tire, drive another 400 miles round trip. And what if we needed a tow?? That would be more $$. If I had the $300 for a spare tire kit, I'd be jumping on one now. With that said, I feel a spare should be included in any and all cars. So far, this is my ONLY gripe with this car.

If the tires are that hard to come by, perhaps getting just the spare tire (no wheel) would be useful.

Other thoughts, look for "parting out cars that were totaled", just for the donut tire and wheel. You might be able to get a good deal on the wheel, tire, and even the holder for the spare. Check with the dealership to see if they have any specials or coupons. Ask the dealership to carry a couple of the correct tires. Or ask local tire shops to carry a couple. The "just in case there's a flat" tires, they don't need to carry a huge selection of them, and you'll know exactly where to go.

There's no harm in asking for any of these things, the worst they can say is "no". And tire stores may not be aware of the size required for the Fiats. They could become the Fiat tire specialists of the area, if they chose to get a variety.

Oh, and check to see if there is some kind of "universal donut spare" that would work for the Fiat and might be considerably less costly than the manufacturer product.

4carbcorvair
10-02-2013, 08:49 AM
You got that RIGHT. As a former Mainer, 62 years living the Bangor area, I can attest that that is a true enough statement especially the civilized part :Peace:

Ha ha! I'm originally from Millinocket, now in the Portland area. Bangor is the big city. haha. Try getting a 195/45-16 in Millinocket. It would probably take a week to get.

Andree, thank you. It's not just local. What if we are on a trip somewhere? Such as back home. I have to call a tow truck. Have it towed. Order a tire, wait at least a day or more. A spare on board would at least allow me to get somewhere. I asked a while back if anyone knew of a spare tire hoist from another Chrysler vehicle would fit, no-one seems to know. And carrying an extra wheel/tire in the back, if it would fit, would take up all of our luggage room. With two adults and two children, we need all the space. I'll have to check the junk yards and such. Thank you. :)

MAZ
10-02-2013, 08:53 AM
I have the factory brand new spare tire winch kit to fit a spare under the car.
I bought the spare kit and just needed the donut so I have the entire 'hanger' assembly to mount a spare for sale if anyone is interested.

Vaejovis carolinanus aka lowconabarth
10-02-2013, 10:52 AM
I saw the title of this thread and it reminded me of an lady who was looking at the FIAT logo and kept calling it FLAT. She saw the I and thought it was a L. She kept asking me why they named it FLAT.

Ultrarider
10-02-2013, 02:02 PM
Yes fiat need to include a spare.

And a clock that keeps accurate time.

And the owners manuals, so you don't need to request them.

4carbcorvair
10-02-2013, 05:36 PM
Yes fiat need to include a spare.

And a clock that keeps accurate time.

And the owners manuals, so you don't need to request them.



Ours came with the owners manual and the clock has been right on. :shrug:

Andree
10-02-2013, 06:58 PM
I have the factory brand new spare tire winch kit to fit a spare under the car.
I bought the spare kit and just needed the donut so I have the entire 'hanger' assembly to mount a spare for sale if anyone is interested.

Wait, the only way to get the donut tire is to buy the entire assembly? That's ridiculous.

Andree
10-02-2013, 07:44 PM
Ha ha! I'm originally from Millinocket, now in the Portland area. Bangor is the big city. haha. Try getting a 195/45-16 in Millinocket. It would probably take a week to get.

Andree, thank you. It's not just local. What if we are on a trip somewhere? Such as back home. I have to call a tow truck. Have it towed. Order a tire, wait at least a day or more. A spare on board would at least allow me to get somewhere. I asked a while back if anyone knew of a spare tire hoist from another Chrysler vehicle would fit, no-one seems to know. And carrying an extra wheel/tire in the back, if it would fit, would take up all of our luggage room. With two adults and two children, we need all the space. I'll have to check the junk yards and such. Thank you. :)

Okay, let's see what we can do.

Looking online at the Portland dealership, they have COUPONS! Yay!

Service coupons: http://www.fiatusaofportland.com/specials/service.htm

Parts coupons: http://www.fiatusaofportland.com/specials/parts.htm

The Parts coupons include one for a Tire Price Match! And, 15% off Factory Accessories! There's a free Maine state inspection coupon in Service (I don't know anything about the state inspection things, or if they are costly).

Via the Fiat site itself, it links over to Mopar and there's a Service Coupon Finder: http://www.mopar.com/coupons/

Using the Portland ME Fiat dealer zip code, it brings up different coupons for the dealership, only 10% off accessories. And a tire rotation and a oil/filter change.

So you have a few discounts that could be helpful. I watched a lady do a coupon at my dealer, she just pulled up the coupon on her phone thing. I don't have a phone that does that. Hopefully you do. Or you can print it out. I don't have a printer either. LOL.

And, last but not least, ask if the dealer has any specials on the spare tire set up. I'm pretty sure that the dealer I went to had a super low price of $150 last year. I didn't get it at the time. It wasn't in print, it was something the sales manager said. My recollection of that price might be wrong, but I do know it was much less than the list price. We LIKE "much less than the list price".

Ultrarider
10-04-2013, 04:36 PM
Ours came with the owners manual and the clock has been right on. :shrug:

Check prior posts, yours might be the only clock that keeps accurate time. Bet you only got the small manual not the three book set.

Andree
10-04-2013, 04:46 PM
Check prior posts, yours might be the only clock that keeps accurate time. Bet you only got the small manual not the three book set.

The whole manual is hidden on the DVD.

My clock is fine, as far as I know.

Fiat500USA
10-04-2013, 08:39 PM
I love manuals and collect them, but most people never open one up. I guess they save a couple of bucks and the environmentalists love it. I'm OK with it, it takes a minute to call and it's fun to get something in the mail besides a bill. gr_grin Almost like Christmas!

Fix it again Tony
10-10-2013, 10:35 PM
The clock isn't supposed to keep accurate time in an Italian car. More of a suggestion of what part of the hour you might be in.