Originally Posted by hubert
I been in Italy not too long ago and I swear I seen a GL and ML with a rear tailgate mounted spares. I looked all over to see if I can get one or at least a pic of how it looks so maybe somebody could direct me to where is something like that avalible. The ones I seen looked like they supposed to be there so I assume OEM or really good custom job.
Only an option on Euro W164s- not available on the X164 anywhere.
ML Bluetec Spare Tire Carrier
The downside of that is that it's not compatible with rear view camera or power tail gate.
In regards to fitting a spare in the luggage carrier are you thinking about doing fullsize or a temporary one? I've got a Packasport System 90 (34in Wide) and if I did put a tire in it (assuming it'd fit) it would really take up a lot of space to the point that there isn't much room in there to put luggage. Depending on how many people are in the car, I'd just let the tire take up 1 third row seat space. Obviously with 7 people this isn't an option. If all your luggage can fit in the car and with people comfortably, I'd put the tire on the roof.