Flat Tire, Part 1 - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Flat Tire, Part 1

March 11, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

It's never a good thing to see your 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on a flatbed.

And few things are more miserable than realizing you have a flat tire. Especially when you're trying to get the long-term 911 to California Speedway to re-test it with lower tire pressures.

Since there is no spare tire onboard our 911 Cabrio, I called Porsche Roadside Assistance for a tow to a dealer or tire shop. The person I spoke with was very courteous and generally helpful. She said a flatbed tow truck could be there within an hour and 40 minutes, which seemed exorbitantly long to me. She also said they would tow it to the Porsche dealer in Newport Beach, which is quite a ways from my place in south Orange County.

And she made no promises as to how quickly the car could be ready once it got to the dealer.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

After some thought, and realizing there are several tire shops very close to where I live (and where the car was), I called her back and asked if their tow truck driver could drop the car at a tire shop that was less than two miles from me, versus a dealer that was probably closer to 20 miles.v

She said, yes, they could do that. But it would cost us $119 for a drop-fee.

So I called AAA. A flatbed got there within a half hour, he towed me to the tire shop of my choice and it cost us exactly $0. Plus, Jonathan from Sea Country Towing & Recovery couldn't have been nicer or more careful with our Porsche.

I slipped him $10 as a thank you, which was all I had on me. Clearly, I'm not a Porsche owner.

Next step: Finding out why the tire went flat. I checked all around the tread but couldn't find any kind of nail or screw.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,531 miles


Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Well you wanted lower tire pressures... Sorry its Monday. That's the best I've got.

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Now I know why the 911 has a deep trunk... BTW, does the FReSh BReeZe get a spare tire? Of full or tiny size? FYI if you cared, my 05' Camry XLE gets a full size spare. What about all your cars?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    "Since there is no spare tire onboard our 911 Cabrio" ...and that's a deal breaker for me. I might not mind so much for a weekend car, but for my daily driver or anything that might take me far form home I won't accept anything than a full size spare.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    When looking at high end cars in 2011 I walked away from several because they had no spare. No I accept that the size of the wheels and tyres on these cars makes a fullsized spare unlikely, but runflats don't work for me. We all know about the crappy ride and the 50 mile suggested range MIGHT get you back into cell coverage in some parts of the desert SW or it might not. At least a space saver lets you keep moving, albeit slowly.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    your not going to find anything with that small a space between the fender. its probably a nail but we will see.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    my lexus had a full size spare. when i bought it it was just a wheel (aluminum steelie style) so i had to buy a tire for it. my honda fit has a compact spare. i prefer a full size but understand that for the shape car it is, it is quite a feat to even have a spare tire because it sits so low to the ground there is no room under the vehicle and honda moved the gas tank to under the front seats just to have room for a spare. the spare is nice and made by bridgestone and says it will tollerate up to 80mph! however i know better and if i ever had to use it im taking it streight to a tire shop (which is also where i work) to get a tire put on. this article is making me paranoid and wanting to order a tire just to hang on to incase i need it lol

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    we replaced the tires on our e90 with non-runflat tires and threw a can of fix-a-flat in the trunk. after 4 years and a new set of tires wife had a flat at work and a co-worker put the fix-a-flat in the tire. she drove it home. took it to discount tire the next day and we got a new tire with the road-hazard warranty we had bought. it is true, that if the puncture is too large fix-a-flat won't work, but it is a chance you take... we live in a large metropolitan area and have a tow connection so it isn't much of an issue for us.

  • mfennell mfennell Posts:

    They don't even come with sealant and a pump anymore? Sheesh.

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