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Spare tire

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cstratton's picture
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2007 E320 BLUETEC

My 2007 E320 Bluetec came with a 50 mph/ 50 mile range compact spare. I asked MBUSA about putting a full size spare in the trunk. They said it would not fit. I went home and tried with one of the 4 real wheels and tires and it fit fine.

Since then I have purchased a full sized wheel and tire just like my other 4 and a real MB plastic " bucket" to hold it in the spare tire well just like on my 1993 E class.

This is something I would recommend for anyone who uses their car for out of town travel. On eof the 50/50 compact spares can ruin a business trip or vacation.

I acn't understand why MBUSA doesn't want us to have this sometimes critical feature on our wonderful cars.

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2007 GL320 CDI 4MATIC
Re: Spare tire

I made this improvement as well.

The donut spare is lighter, which means less shipping cost and better fuel economy. Cheaper, too, of course.

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Re: Spare tire

I discovered the same issue with my 210 E wagon, they also indicated it would not fit. I think they did not want to give me one which I requested. I found one and it does fit, and gave the wheel and lugs (different size) to my dealer who mounted and balanced it. I have heard horror stories of people who who changed to the steel (spare) wheel use the origional bolts and screwed up the rear brakes.

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