Micken

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    Michael
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  • Toyota Model
    Avensis T4
  • Toyota Year
    2010
  • Location
    Essex

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  1. Looks like I will have to buy an Australian import to get a proper spare on my next car.
  2. You only have to search on the internet, no spare wheel, to find lots of motorists complaining where is my spare wheel or the repair kit doesn't work after having a puncture in their car, they clearly weren't aware there was no spare wheel in their car. The motorists requirements in Europe used to be a full size spare wheel until about 10 years ago, so how does the majority of motorists now don't want or need a spare wheel , If its weight saving or cost by the manufacturers causing no spare wheel, I would rather they delete some other item on the car in favour of a proper spare.
  3. I have just downloaded the Corolla Australia specs, most of the range has a space saver one has a full size alloy spare, see attachment, looks like there is a demand for a standard spare out there, but not here, The problem is every few years the EU keeps lowering or proposing lower emission targets for car manufacturers, it seems lowering the cars weight is one of the methods they use. deleting a spare wheel and having a smaller wheel well using less steel, saves weight which lowers the co2 emissions, the average car buyer just sees a shiny new car and doesn't look for the spare wheel until they have a puncture, I first noticed this about 10 years ago when looking for a new car, most cars I was looking at had a space saver or no spare, then found the Avensis Tourer which had room for a full size spare. toyota corolla_hatch_australia spec_data_Aug2018.pdf
  4. In the good old days all new cars were supplied with a full size spare wheel and had the same quality radial ply tyres that are on todays cars, it only took 15 minutes to change a punctured tyre, now with today's cars without a spare its a breakdown, and using a space saver with a fully loaded car there is nowhere in the car to put the punctured wheel,
  5. I am just saying some drivers need a proper spare wheel, and should have the choice of buying a full size as an accessory, the previous Auris estate had room for a full size spare.
  6. My Avensis Tourer had a space saver spare which I replaced with a Full size spare, in 2013 had a puncture in Belgium on a Sunday, emptied the boot changed the wheel got to Calais on time for the ferry, not having a proper spare can be a problem for some drivers, the Corolla I saw was a hybrid with the usual tyre repair kit in polystyrene filling the wheel well, I was told there were no batteries in or under the boot and that the non hybrid wheel well could only accommodate a space saver.
  7. Just had a look at the new corolla in my local showroom, there is only room for a space saver spare wheel in the boot wheel well, looked at the Nissan Micra in a Nissan showroom yesterday, there was room in the boot wheel well for a full size spare wheel. both cars had a puncture repair kit as standard, why cant manufactures have a full size wheel well in all their cars so customers can if needed install a full size spare wheel.
  8. Yes its the on the left and looks like a plastic shocker, handbook page 467 to change the aircon filter slide off (disconnect) the damper to remove the glove box, looks to me if the damper is not disconnected before removing the glove box the damper mounting will break, or the mounting is to weak for normal usage, the mounting is part of the dashboard and doesn't look very substantial for its usage. has anyone else done this repair.
  9. Has your repair been successful, Same has happened to my Avensis Tourer, , mine is completely broken off, I think the location pin could have been made more substantial to prevent this happening.
  10. Fitted the Stoplock Pro today, tight fit with no play, good solid looking deterrent, thanks for replies
  11. Just ordered the Stoplock Pro, see if it fits okay tomorrow. thanks
  12. all Stoplock models are compatible for the Avensis MK3 on the application list, I just wondered which one should I buy.
  13. Has anyone fitted a Stoplock Pro Or pro elite steering wheel lock, not sure which model to get for my Avensis Tourer.
  14. Thanks for the replies, bought the Amazon Bosch blades £22, I now have a spare passenger blade. It seems most new model cars come with flat blade wipers making the replacements unnecessarily more expensive than old style wipers.
  15. I was quoted £16 for the right hand blade refill by my local toyota dealer, which for that price I could buy a complete blade for my previous mk2 avensis and have the choice of a number of different wiper manufacturers, it seems car parts are getting more expensive on newer cars.