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Thumbs down Don't risk it without a spare

We brought a new Grand Scenic a year ago with no spare, what a mistake. Was assured by the dealer that the tyre inflation kit would work fine. That is until the tyre value sheared off in my hand whilst unscrewing the dust cap whilst checking the tyre pressures thus letting all the air out. No inflation kit is going to fix that so I was forced to call the AA to come and take the entire wheel to Kwik-fit to have the value replaced. This after an argument over the phone with Renault Assistance who were saying it was classed as a puncture and so would charge to come to my aid. After much shouting finally managed to persuade AA Renault Assistance that a sheared off value on a 3 month old car was a manufacturing fault and they agreed to come out with no charge. 2 hours later the AA man returned with our wheel. To top it off whilst the wheel was in the care of the AA, Kwik fit apparently lost the tyre pressure monitor for which Renault tried to charge us for when we took it back to the dealer to find out why the monitor was still saying we had a puncture. I would never buy a car without a spare again thats for sure and not very impressed with Renault for there help, or lack of!!
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Wot no spare?

I too have had the spare wheel nightmare. I couldnt find any reason for the flat, ie nail in the tyre, so used the wonderful inflation kit. This proceeded to empty its contents over the tyre, wheel, road. Infact everywhere except into the tyre.
Luckily I had paid alittle extra on the Assistance option to be covered for punctures so no issue with calling the AA but when I cam to replace the puncture repare fluid I was told I wouldn't have enough change from 40 to buy a decent coffee!
It is strange that Renault want to save money on not supplying a spare yet still supply the jack and wheel brace to remove the wheel.
I am now trying to locate a space saver and fitting brackets to add to my 2004 Grand Scenic.
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One more thing, forgot to mention that of the two Renault dealers in Bristol, one has said that I can't fit a space saver and the other has said that I ought to be able to but hasn't got a clue what parts are needed are therefore the cost. Next customer please.
I am now waiting for a reply from Renault Head Office to see if they know.
To be honest, I am not confident after the fun I went through trying to find out about a tow bar.. but that's another story.
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I know this might sound harsh but never presume anything from a car dealer or manufacturer, from past experiance I always check what you get with a car and more importantly what you do not get, It always amazes me when people buy cars that they put as much thought into it as buying a tin of beans, Some do not even test drive vehicles properly.

So many people say to me after they have bought a car ...I should have had this or done that ...amazing, ...


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This situation does seem incredible, but the reason why manufacturers do this is because of cost savings (their wheel demands on the production line drop by 20%), the cars are (marginally) lighter - lower emissions, plus there is a bigger boot (or one with a flatter floor). There is always the opportunity to upsell an extra wheel & tyre to those who don't feel that the benefits outweigh the risk of being stranded.

What I can't understand is why Renault don't fit runflat tyres when there is no spare? The cars (by and large) have the tyre pressure sensors which are needed, and this would reduce the risk of being stuck at the roadside.

A strange situation indeed.


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