Tomas, u lucky guys in Panama. In the US, we have a democratic government where our input matters :sarc , but sometimes with products and cars, what we want is overlooked or mistaken as something else. As for the 6, of course none of us would want a full size spare, or our choice of leather seating color (w/ sport package); or lower foglights (w/ same package); or the option of those nice euro-tails, or stiffer suspension... you get the idea.
OK, yall, that was my rant for the day. My mother managed to pi$$ me off on Mother's Day and I couldn't take it out on her... .
I just bought four winter tires (205/65R15 tires on 15x6JJ steel rim 55 mm neg offset). I was hoping to be able to put one of these wheel in the truck as a full size emergency spare tyre during summer.
Although the openning under the floor is big enought to take the tyre (diameter wise); the hole is not deep enough. Currently the tire is too wide (205 mm) so the trunk mat is raised by 1.5 inches (approx 4 cm).
This is not okay with me. I want to retain the full size trunk. So I give up on taking a full size winter wheel as a full size emergency tyre during the summer (and vice versa).
Anyhow be advice that a full size tire does not really fit in the trunk as a replacement to the current small size emergency tire.
It is not a question of either 16 or 17" rim. The overall wheel (wheel = rim + tire) diameter is 25.5" for both. It is a question of tire width. The 16" wheel comes with 205 mm wide tire, while the 17" comes with 215 mm wide tires. The space in the trunk is only 150 mm deep. If you put a 16" wheel, be prepared to see the mat raised by 55 mm (2.25 ") which is 205-150=55 mm.
Current spare tire is 115 mm wide (115/70R15). So there is a 35 mm gap which is filled by a plastic cover that also make the trunk floor flat.
I am going to write to Mazda about my grief on this issue. I can live with the fact that the car does not come with a full size spare, but that there is not enough space to fit one, I don accept it. They assume that if you get a flat, you can always stop to the nearest garage. But I am sorry when I leave on a Sunday night my girlfriend house at 10 p.m. to get home at 1 a.m. (300 km appart); if I am going to get a flat they would not be any garage open at that time of the week and of the day. And I am not interested to drive at 50 km/h (speed limit on the spare) for 6 hours (particuliarly during winter)!
Yes I had it too. This is to secure the full size tire while the emergency tire is under your car until you get it fix. The full size tire will still raise the trunk mat. That is okay as a temporary measure but not if you intend to keep a full size spare.