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Old 10-11-2017, 01:04 AM   #1
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2018 RDX Tech, no spare tire and back seat floor mat?

Hello folks,

Just got my 2018 RDX home last night. Looking around today and realized first there is no spare tire in the trunk, just a box written tire repair kit on it. The second thing is in the back seat, there is no floor mat at all.

Are these normal? Or does the dealer forgot to put them in?

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Old 10-11-2017, 06:26 AM   #2
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Hello folks,

Just got my 2018 RDX home last night. Looking around today and realized first there is no spare tire in the trunk, just a box written tire repair kit on it. The second thing is in the back seat, there is no floor mat at all.

Are these normal? Or does the dealer forgot to put them in?

Thanks,
wil.
Is it the AWD? Floor mat sounds like a dealer mistake.
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Hello folks,

Just got my 2018 RDX home last night. Looking around today and realized first there is no spare tire in the trunk, just a box written tire repair kit on it. The second thing is in the back seat, there is no floor mat at all.

Are these normal? Or does the dealer forgot to put them in?

Thanks,
wil.
Hey Wil,

A floor mat 'should' be in the car, it isn't listed as an option. In my '17 that mat is a single piece that covers the entire rear floor. Tell your dealer about it.

The spare tire (or lack of one) is just a 'feature' that's now used by many manufacturers to save weight and cost. The spare can be purchased as an option (it's listed on the Acura website) but can be had for a lot less via other non dealer sources like eBay (search for threads on the subject). That said, unless you take trips where services might be hundreds of miles apart, that spiffy air pump with integrated puncture sealer goop just might be good enough. Your decision.

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I think only the advance comes with a spare. The missing floormat sounds like a dealer mistake.
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I think only the advance comes with a spare. The missing floormat sounds like a dealer mistake.
No spare with the Advance. It's only standard with AWD.
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I think only the advance comes with a spare.
Which is an "Elite" trim up here. My 2017 came with a spare.
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Which is an "Elite" trim up here. My 2017 came with a spare.
Because it is AWD...
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Because it is AWD...
I don't see the logic if that is the case.

Does Acura think you only get a flat if you have AWD.
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I don't see the logic if that is the case.

Does Acura think you only get a flat if you have AWD.
I agree it does not make sense, but that is what I have observed.
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I don't see the logic if that is the case.

Does Acura think you only get a flat if you have AWD.
Modern AWD requires all four tires to be the same size (or within a small margin) which is why many automakers recommend replacing all four tires if one needs to be replaced. Just filling a flat tire with the air/goop combo provided for FWD models may not get the tire back to a fully inflated circumference so 'might' cause damage to the AWD system.

I suspect many owners would just continue to drive many miles after airing up a flat (even if they have to ignore a warning light) while mounting a spare is obvious/ugly and would be replaced promptly.

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RE: floor mats in the rear. Dealer PDI FAIL. make sure you get it from them.
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Modern AWD requires all four tires to be the same size (or within a small margin) which is why many automakers recommend replacing all four tires if one needs to be replaced. Just filling a flat tire with the air/goop combo provided for FWD models may not get the tire back to a fully inflated circumference so 'might' cause damage to the AWD system.

I suspect many owners would just continue to drive many miles after airing up a flat (even if they have to ignore a warning light) while mounting a spare is obvious/ugly and would be replaced promptly.

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Understood. But if the AWD system were that sensitive you'd think the full size space would also cause an issue.
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Talked to the dealer. The floor mat was their mistake and they gave me the mat right away.

Also confirmed spare tire only comes with AWD.

Thanks for all your replies!
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No spare on FWD models = less weight = higher EPA mileage ratings.

We travel through various parts of the country “just because we can” (retired) and having a flat is a big concern. There may not be a Honda dealer, let alone an Acura dealer, within 100 miles, and chances are a tire dealer doesn’t carry our size. The whole event may cost us a day or so. Hello, AAA? Could you please send a rollback? We would probably call the AcuraLink number first, though.
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My FWD RDX also did not come with a spare. I called Acura customer relations once I realized this (it was never mentioned by the dealer) and they gave me the speech about better mileage to which I reminded them that the AWD, which gets worse mileage than the FWD, does come with a spare. Crickets is all I heard for a response, but they agreed to provide me with a spare as I made the point that a fix a flat covers one kind of tire failure (the old puncture in the tread by a screw or nail). What it does not cover includes:
  • sidewall damage
  • damage to the tire or cracked rim from hitting a pothole
  • manufacturer's defect (the old bubble in the tire)
  • etc.
Dealers need to be very upfront about the lack of a spare. I have bought probably 10 new cars in my life and this is the first one without a spare. Let Acura know you are not happy about the lack of a spare and if the dealer failed to inform you about that, let them know that too.
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Here's a link to an article focused on the vanishing spare tire that includes a (growing) list of vehicles that don't include them.

Auto shopping is a never ending learning experience. Pretty much every time you purchase one (especially used) you learn more things to look for. From now on, probably everyone on this forum will check to see if there's a spare and, if not, make it, along with a jack and lug wrench, part of the deal if they drive in areas where personal safety might be iffy and cell service non existent.

We put one in our RDX just because my wife and I frequently drive across a wide expanse of desert (Phoenix to San Diego) and an air pump just isn't going to get the job done if we take a nail in a sidewall.

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