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I have a Rav4 2008 model with only four wheels.

I never gave it a thought for the past two years and a bit, but last Friday I got a puncture and used the bottle of white gunk they give you to make a temporary repair.

Thinking I could then take the car to a tyre company and get it repaired, off I went.

Wrong, as every one I took it to, and some were recommended by my local Toyota dealer, said the same thing “Once you use the repair liquid your have to replace the tyre”. They all said the same thing. So after driving the car for two days at no more than 50mph (as recommended by Toyota repair kit) I purchased a new tyre at £145.

So as I’m going on my holiday abroad next month I decided to purchase a metal wheel (£70) and have a tyre fitted (£100) and keep it in my boot as I didn’t want to be stuck abroad without a spare option. Yes I know that my spare wheel cost more that a new tyre but in the middle of a foreign country not speaking the lingo I was not wanting to get stuck.

Now my question is to everyone and anyone who can help. Do any of you know how I can get the spare wheel mounted on the outside of the car so as to free up boot space (as that’s where my spare is at the moment).

Please anyone, can you have any serious suggestions????

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Well I think shcm and myself have the best solution but you need to see his photo to make your own decision...........

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Well I think shcm and myself have the best solution but you need to see his photo to make your own decision...........

Thanks for replying so quick.

How do I get to see the picture please?

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Well, have a look at this thread :) :

http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=107483&st=15&p=978209entry978209

It's probably not what you want, as it is in the boot and probably overkill as it is "boxed in" and in a bag - but the idea is you can pull it out, without disturbing anything else on top of the new "shelf".

It is OK for me, as I don't need all the boot capacity most of the time.

Topical too - as it saved me using the gunk (and probably an expensive repair) on a silly little puncture over the weekend. Gunk is an absolute last resort for me! :thumbsup:

There's Dave.m's solution too (if you need a flat boot space).

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I have a Rav4 2008 model with only four wheels.

I never gave it a thought for the past two years and a bit, but last Friday I got a puncture and used the bottle of white gunk they give you to make a temporary repair.

Thinking I could then take the car to a tyre company and get it repaired, off I went.

Wrong, as every one I took it to, and some were recommended by my local Toyota dealer, said the same thing “Once you use the repair liquid your have to replace the tyre”. They all said the same thing. So after driving the car for two days at no more than 50mph (as recommended by Toyota repair kit) I purchased a new tyre at £145.

So as I’m going on my holiday abroad next month I decided to purchase a metal wheel (£70) and have a tyre fitted (£100) and keep it in my boot as I didn’t want to be stuck abroad without a spare option. Yes I know that my spare wheel cost more that a new tyre but in the middle of a foreign country not speaking the lingo I was not wanting to get stuck.

Now my question is to everyone and anyone who can help. Do any of you know how I can get the spare wheel mounted on the outside of the car so as to free up boot space (as that’s where my spare is at the moment).

Please anyone, can you have any serious suggestions????

Hi, can I ask where you got the steel spare wheel from for £70?

Thanks

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I have a Rav4 2008 model with only four wheels.

I never gave it a thought for the past two years and a bit, but last Friday I got a puncture and used the bottle of white gunk they give you to make a temporary repair.

Thinking I could then take the car to a tyre company and get it repaired, off I went.

Wrong, as every one I took it to, and some were recommended by my local Toyota dealer, said the same thing “Once you use the repair liquid your have to replace the tyre”. They all said the same thing. So after driving the car for two days at no more than 50mph (as recommended by Toyota repair kit) I purchased a new tyre at £145.

So as I’m going on my holiday abroad next month I decided to purchase a metal wheel (£70) and have a tyre fitted (£100) and keep it in my boot as I didn’t want to be stuck abroad without a spare option. Yes I know that my spare wheel cost more that a new tyre but in the middle of a foreign country not speaking the lingo I was not wanting to get stuck.

Now my question is to everyone and anyone who can help. Do any of you know how I can get the spare wheel mounted on the outside of the car so as to free up boot space (as that’s where my spare is at the moment).

Please anyone, can you have any serious suggestions????

Hi, can I ask where you got the steel spare wheel from for £70?

Thanks

A mate in the trade got it for me...

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Well I think shcm and myself have the best solution but you need to see his photo to make your own decision...........

Thanks Anchorman

Culd you please tell me as I like both ideas, but first I think I need one of those wheel covers.

Can you tell me where you get them?

Regards Whipit....

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Well I think shcm and myself have the best solution but you need to see his photo to make your own decision...........

Thanks Anchorman

Culd you please tell me as I like both ideas, but first I think I need one of those wheel covers.

Can you tell me where you get them?

Regards Whipit....

Not sure about others but I had mine made to measure by these folk. LINKYou can get similar for spares that have been removed to fit gas tanks: LINK

Caravanners use them too.

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Well I think shcm and myself have the best solution but you need to see his photo to make your own decision...........

Thanks Anchorman

Culd you please tell me as I like both ideas, but first I think I need one of those wheel covers.

Can you tell me where you get them?

Regards Whipit....

Not sure about others but I had mine made to measure by these folk. LINKYou can get similar for spares that have been removed to fit gas tanks: LINK

Caravanners use them too.

Thank for the links

Regards Whipit...

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Got a call from Toyota complaints department today after writing to them about the white gunk repair kit and how no tyre company would repair the tyre after I had used the kit, even one recommended by my Local Toyota Dealer.

They basically told me tuff shi1t and hard luck as a the tyre companies should repair the tyre although it would take them an hour or so to remove the white stuff with a solvent and (Yer Right! I can see a tyre suppliers spending an hour or two) they could then repair the tyre.

I lost them on my mobile and called back and spoke with a different person.

I told them that I was going on holiday next week and that I would not be able to converse with an Italian or French tyre repair specialist in their own language and convince them to clean the inside of the tyre so I was snookered.

This woman I spoke to told me the repair kit was only supposed to be used so that you can drive to a Tyre company and then you should replace the tyre??

I asked why they stopped giving Rav4 drivers a spare any more and she came up with a bull **** answer about getting the car to a lower emission levels.

By this time I was fed up, and she confirmed I was getting no compensation.

Will I be buying another Rav when I can afford to?

I’m not sure, unless they give us another Fu**ing wheel…… :ffs: :ffs: :ffs:

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I have a Rav4 2008 model with only four wheels.

I never gave it a thought for the past two years and a bit, but last Friday I got a puncture and used the bottle of white gunk they give you to make a temporary repair.

Thinking I could then take the car to a tyre company and get it repaired, off I went.

Wrong, as every one I took it to, and some were recommended by my local Toyota dealer, said the same thing “Once you use the repair liquid your have to replace the tyre”. They all said the same thing. So after driving the car for two days at no more than 50mph (as recommended by Toyota repair kit) I purchased a new tyre at £145.

So as I’m going on my holiday abroad next month I decided to purchase a metal wheel (£70) and have a tyre fitted (£100) and keep it in my boot as I didn’t want to be stuck abroad without a spare option. Yes I know that my spare wheel cost more that a new tyre but in the middle of a foreign country not speaking the lingo I was not wanting to get stuck.

Now my question is to everyone and anyone who can help. Do any of you know how I can get the spare wheel mounted on the outside of the car so as to free up boot space (as that’s where my spare is at the moment).

Please anyone, can you have any serious suggestions????

Hi, can I ask where you got the steel spare wheel from for £70?

Thanks

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Glad I read this, I was looking at spending my hard earned cash on a 2010 Rav4, I'm now looking at alternatives! there is no way Im having a car with no spare wheel, I thought the spacesaver in my CRV was bad enough!

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you can buy a spare you know ... who knows., the previous owner may already have. :ermm:

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you can buy a spare you know ... who knows., the previous owner may already have. :ermm:

really, Yay as I really like them :-) how much are they if the previous owner didnt buy one? I guess its a space saver one?

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I bought a full size wheel off ebay - sits wedged between the cross bar tonneau coover and the rear seat, covered by a blanket. I strapped a 9litre "wheel shaped" fuel can into it was well asn another just in case.

I too can live without full boot space and dropping only the short side seat. But the peace of mind of that spare wheel, especially when you're in out of the way places or abroad is very nice.

As an aside, the spare still has its BSR in it, must get around to removing it

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I bought a full size wheel off ebay - sits wedged between the cross bar tonneau coover and the rear seat, covered by a blanket. I strapped a 9litre "wheel shaped" fuel can into it was well asn another just in case.

I too can live without full boot space and dropping only the short side seat. But the peace of mind of that spare wheel, especially when you're in out of the way places or abroad is very nice.

As an aside, the spare still has its BSR in it, must get around to removing it

I was hoping you meant a space saver would fit under the boot floor.

Hmm if it doesnt fit there im gonna have to look at the hyundai santa fe again

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Is there such a thing as a space saver wheel for a RAV4? I can't find one on the web so I suppose that means finding a breakers with a wheel and tyre and buying cover for it (?) then putting it in the back or the boot.

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Yeah from what i can tell no way of hiding it under the boot floor. Im now looking at the mitsubishi outlander

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Yeah from what i can tell no way of hiding it under the boot floor. Im now looking at the mitsubishi outlander

I guess what it comes down to is what "floats your boat". Modern cars don't generally have spares these days (cost saving, weight saving) and I think in general from 2004 to maybe now, the public "tolderated" the idea. Lately, the public is kicking back and manufacturers are slowly responding. That's my take on things.

CRV - spacesaver. Skoda - nothing, not even a space saver on most of their range. Another thing, I think the manufacturers see what they can get away with in a market. Take the new Rav - spares (albeit a space saver) in Europe but not with us.

The Outlander/Citroen/Peugeot of 2006 or so to quite recent - nice car, mostly 7 seater, 2 or 2.2 engines. Bigger than a Rav - its your choice on what works for you.

For me, we have one Rav with a spare (a 2006 XT5) and one without (2008 T180). Toyota works for us. Can't speak about Mitsubishi but I do know from personal experience of Citroen customer service - you're on your own

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Quote Namead-

Take the new Rav - spares (albeit a space saver) in Europe but not with us.

Unquote

The new Rav didn't have a spacesaver spare when it came out in the UK but it does now (or did last year!)

Not sure why I couldn't get the quote how I wanted it nor delete the post to try again , never had problems in the past.

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