18inch space saver

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  1. scooter

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    I have 18 inch wheels on my car and i was looking for a 18 inch spacesaver/doughnut just incase of a punture as everybody knows a 18 inch alloy won't fit in the spare wheel compartment

    quick question would a 18 inch space saver fit in the spare wheel compartment and where could i get one from
    or is there any advice of what the rest of you do in that case of a puncture cheers

    w124 estate
     
  2. renault12ts

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    Uh? Just because you have 18" does not mean you have a greater rolling circumference from the normal wheel/tyre combo for your car. So, just use one of the original wheel/tyre combos for your car.
     
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    Not sure if they will fit in your wheel well but they often come up for sale on ebay.
     
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    Can't see why not if the circumference is the same and the wheel is narrower.
     
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    Firstly I don't know why you want an 18" space-saver as the diameter of the wheel will make no difference. Unless you've put enormous brakes on your car a 15" steel would likely suffice and be much safer than an 18" space-saver.

    Secondly the W210 E55 AMG came with an 18" spare (8" width) and was fitted into the boot area using W124/123 components and as stated the rolling circ should be the same for your wheel/tyre combo as factory.

    Thirdly there is a 17" steel space-saver made for the W211 and W219 but I can't guarantee it'll fit as the wheel/tyre combo for the W124 is more like 201/202/203/208/209/210/170/171 etc
     
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    hi thanks for the reply's what it is i got a puncture passenger rear a few months ago when i put the spare on 15inch it didn't seem to drive right maybe it was just me so what are say if my car has a 18 inch one side and a 15inch spare the other side it will be ok to drive to get me home i don't want to fit a 15inch and the car won't drive without damaging the drive itself
     
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    The spare is generally intended as a 'get-you-home' aid only. It really perplexes me when people drive around on skinny spares for weeks on end! Get the punctured tyre off, spare on, get home/to a garage and then get the tyre fixed. SIMPLES!
     
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    I've driven a car with a space saver and it is very disconcerting.
    Be sure to have the correct pressure (60psi ?) and take it easy around the bends.
     
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    Didn't Top Gear or the likes do a test on a car with space savers some time ago? Think they put 1 on, then 2, then 3 and then 4 to see how they performed, not very well I seem to remember!
     
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    A "proper" spare wheel and tyre will be a LOT safer than a space saver.

    No-one is stopping you from buying another 18" wheel like the ones already fitted to your car to which you can fit the tyre of your choice and then after a puncture you can happily drive without compromise.
     
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    as above, you dont need an 18" spare, 17" should be ok unless you have hufe disks and calipers which it cant fit over!
     
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    I have never understood the concept of a 'space saver' spare wheel and I am sure most have thought about this at some point.
    If you used every inch of space in a car which had a space saver to store luggage what happens if you get a puncture?
    The space saver goes on to keep you going but what do you do with the BIG wheel which will not fit anywhere?
     
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  13. renault12ts

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    A good point often made! Car manufacturers really use a space saver as a money saver.
     
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    is that puncture repair in a can any good or tyre sealant
     
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    It ends up on the knee of the front seat passenger. At least you get a plastic bag to put the wheel in!
     
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    Hi. I am a newbie and have an '09 W219 CLS: this has a 17" Space Saver spare, but I would much prefer to buy a new 18" alloy wheel and new tyre. Unsure whether it will fit in the wheel well? Having said that, I did a search on Autotrader, and it came up with 1 CLS, fitted with a full size spare.
     
  17. Johnde

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    Does anyone know whether a full size 18" alloy wheel will fit in the W219 (CLS) wheel well? I guess it is possible, since I did a search on Autotrader and it came up with 1 car with a full size spare.
     
  18. Shude

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    You could answer this question yourself in a few minutes if you took out all the tools, jacked the car up, took a wheel off and tried it in the wheel well ;)
     
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    Full Size Spare Wheel.

    Thanks for that reply, but I wanted some reassurance,mbefore buying the new alloy and tyre.

    Have seen the exact M-B wheel on offer at Hunzmann for €299. Quite a steal, with the ever dropping exchange rates.
     

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