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Hey Sparky, in case you did not realize, a run flat tire is INDEED a spare tire. I have one in my Corvette ... not sure what I have in my 2013 E350W4. I have been driving for about 35 years, and have only ever had ONE flat tire. That aside, I have roadside assistance, and will never need or want to change a tire myself. Personally, I do not want a full size spare tire. By the time you factor in the cost of the additional aluminum alloy wheel, the higher cost of the wheel and tire ... as well as the additional fuel spent caused by the additional weight, you are paying quite a premium over the life of the vehicle. You seemingly understand how storage works. Understand, when you have a full size spare tire, you loose trunk or storage space. So, you'd rather have a full size spare tire, but are complaining about loss of space? As for the cost of a diesel versus a gas engine MB E-Class, the 2014 diesel is a few hundred dollars cheaper, and DOES INDEED come in a diesel sedan. Accordingly, you can purchase a LUXURY or SPORT E-Class ranging from the low $51K range, up to more than $70K. I do not laugh at people spending $39K on a Passat, so I guess I am surprised that people may want various options / perks in a Benz. I am not sure if you realize, but you should never add one new tire to a vehicle with 3 older tires (less tread), especially on a 4Matic. There are safety issues involved with handling, as well as tire spin.Report it
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