2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Flat Tire, Part 1
March 11, 2013
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.
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