NOTE: After reading JAZ's post #94 I can't recommend the Windstar tire for the tire is old and may not be reliable.
(Though I am keeping mine and I do not think it is unsafe, I think Ford should offer one that is a perfect fit. )
Summary: 2000 Windstar donut spare is smaller and tested with traction control off it pulls on braking. Scissor jack for Wind
dstar works fine and lug nut wrench fits.
As stated before "I got a 2000 Windstar (donut) spare tire for 55 and a jack for 25 from ebay(shipped)."
The tire is a T135-90R15. The scissor jack comes with a lug wrench and has a groove where it connects to the frame. It works fine. Though the lug wrench left small marks on the soft outer metal of the lugs. The jack point I used was where another part of the frame connects to the outer part. It was right where the front door begins (jacking up the front driver side wheel.)
The spare tire has a circumference of about 78 inches. The C-Max tire has a circumference of 82 inches. The spare is about 3/4 of an inch lower when standing the two up. The spare was inflated to near the suggested 60 psi.
I put the spare tire on. The lugs did fit on the spare but they look pretty weird.
I turned off traction control. (By the way, after turning the car off it defaulted back to traction control.)
In hindsight I wish I had so tried it with traction control on.
I went out for a test drive and it drives ok. The fastest I went was 45. There was not a clearance problem with the 15" wheel.
BRAKING - it pulls toward the spare tire. Just a little on a soft stop - like 100% score on breaking. It pulls pretty bad on a medium or hard stops.
I am not sure if the pulling is because of the computer overcompensating for the circumference or width or just something with such a thin tire or because of the smaller circumference not brake computer related. I would appreciate some thoughts on that. (see update at the bottom)
I am not happy with the imperfect solution but if I were to return the wheel it would cost me 20 to ship it and the ebay seller would deduct 20 so I would get 15 back (ball park numbers) plus my time - I am thinking about keeping it. For the emergency situation which is temporary and hopefully rare or never. If I do that I will keep a note for myself to turn off traction control. I was going to try it with traction control turned on but was feeling kind of crappy so I didn't bother. I also have a tire plug kit for punctures.
I would think the key in buying from ebay is to tell the seller the circumference I am looking for.
The jack ship weight was 8 lbs. The tire ship weight was 28 lbs. The jack seems like something that a LOT of other cars would have.
The real solution is for Ford to get a product for people who want a spare. This is not a super cheap-o car.
By the way, with the tire off the car it looks even more like a race car high performance tire.
UPDATE: So I kind of figured out that it pulls because the spare is spinning faster so it exerts more friction on the brake pad. I am keeping the spare.
Edited by obob, 04 March 2016 - 10:14 PM.