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I took delivery of my Corolla Excel Hatchback 1.8 on October 8th this year, it replaces my 8 year old Auris HSD. I expected it to be pretty much more of the same only newer but really Toyota  have been busy, I am extremely pleased with the car but have just one main issue. When I ordered the car there was no option for a space saver spare wheel (there is now..) just the awful Tyre Repair Kit (TRK). I still have the unused spare wheel and jack etc. from the Auris which I have been told are the same as for the Corolla but the conversion (to raise the floor slightly) apparently comes in TWO kits from Toyota totalling approximately £500 (this info from the local dealership) plus fitting. I feel this is something of an expensive overkill and wonder what other options are available to me as I am sure that most owners would prefer to carry a space-saver as opposed to the TRK (and accept a very minor fuel consumtion hit). Any advice would be much appreciated (bearing in mind I already have the wheel, jack and tools).

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Search through the forums for Toyota Corolla spare wheel this has been brought up before someone done it but I can’t remember who. I asked the parts guy at my Toyota dealers about a spare wheel he said yes they were available but you wouldn’t want to do it as it would be about a £1000!!

I have bought one of those emergency tubeless plug kits on eBay which seems to have good reviews if I get a puncture and then get it plugged properly at a tyre fitters when time allows. Just out of interest I had my auris nearly 6 years and had 1 puncture and that was through the side wall which rendered the tyre u/s anyway

 

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Thanks for your response Rosgoe, I agree £1000 is over the top!! I am really looking for a way to carry the spare in a tidy way using the spare wheel well as I cannot see myself plugging a tyre at the side of the road on a wet and dark night (too old for that... lol) otherwise your solution would be fine. I agree that the chance of a puncture is low (not a single puncture in the last 8 years in my Auris) but we all know that fate will interfere just for the hell of it..! and thinking about it the last few punctures I had seem to have ended in tyre replacement rather than repair. Until I find a suitable way to store the spare it will have to continue to live in the rear load area wasting the wheel well space when I go any distance away from home. 

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1 hour ago, WalnutinUK said:

Thanks for your response Rosgoe, I agree £1000 is over the top!! I am really looking for a way to carry the spare in a tidy way using the spare wheel well as I cannot see myself plugging a tyre at the side of the road on a wet and dark night (too old for that... lol) otherwise your solution would be fine. I agree that the chance of a puncture is low (not a single puncture in the last 8 years in my Auris) but we all know that fate will interfere just for the hell of it..! and thinking about it the last few punctures I had seem to have ended in tyre replacement rather than repair. Until I find a suitable way to store the spare it will have to continue to live in the rear load area wasting the wheel well space when I go any distance away from home. 

Have you got the 2.0 litre or 1.8 I think it is easier to store the spare wheel on the 2.0 litre as from memory when I looked to buying the 2.0 litre it had some sort of storage under the deck board next to the Battery not sure that if you took that foam insert out wether there is enough room to put the space saver in there. I went for the 1.8 as there was a bigger boot on that model and is plenty powerful for my needs the boot well on the 1.8 is not deep enough to take the space saver, I think the space saver measures just over 150mm wide so the boot carpet just sits on top of the wheel.

 

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Yes you are absolutely correct, my car is the 1.8 so the spare rises just a little bit above the "floor level". As you say the boot carpet just sits on the wheel so I am looking for a way to support the boot carpet and keep it looking good around the edges (as you lift the carpet it creates space around the edges. I do not mind spending a few hundred pounds if necessary but £500 seems a little excessive to me, maybe I shall just have to "bite the bullet" (and then cry for a day or two...lol.). I really like the car and do not want to make it look shabby for the sake of saving some money.

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Spare wheel unless you are doing high mileage or driving through remote areas may not need at all, I am a high miler and for 100k on my Auris I had only needed once spare wheel, as I hit a massive pothole, but that’s not very often occurrence to warrant having a spare wheel in the boot. If you browse through the Corolla posts you will find a very good one as somebody has done that and there are pictures, part numbers everything you need to get job done. As far as I remember his car was 2.0 and he had a Battery in boot and the car was spare wheel ready, he only needed few bits. Just have a look ., sorry just have no time now to find it for you. 👍One more thing, when I needed to use  the spare wheel the problem was my safety and I had to wait highway officers to turn up and secure the place so I can do the swaps, too busy roads in uk, so may well been just waiting for recovery to do the job for me , safety and without hassle. 

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Hi Tony, many thanks for your response. I agree that it is ulikely that I shall need to change my wheel as during the last 8 years I never had a puncture in my Auris but somehow I really prefer not to tempt fate.Whilst I may prefer to let the rescue service change my wheel at the side of the road I still think it is better to have a spare with me for them to use rather than attempt to locate one in the middle of the night when fate dictates this may happen. I did not manage to find the post you mention but in the process I saw several "telephone number" quotes for this conversion so maybe the £500 approximately that I was quoted is not so bad after all (provided that it stays about there and the modification is a good one). In the light of your comments and also those of Rosgoe I have almost decided to go ahead with the local dealership quote, many thanks again to both of you for responding and advising me.

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