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Old 06-18-2014, 02:59 AM   #1
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So I placed an order for my new Q5 in May and due to the 5 month lead date, the model will be built on the 2015 specification. Among other things, this now doesn't come with a spare wheel or a space saver spare.

Instead Audi are giving a tyre replacement kit, for obvious reasons this save on weight and space, but I rather like the comfort of knowing I have an actual spare. beside the repair kit can't be used if the side wall is damaged or the puncture is near the edges of the tyre.

I've asked my dealer and they say it's an extra 500 - 600 for a spare wheel (very costly), I don't expect them to pick up the cost, even though I'm spending near enough 50k for the car, but would expect some sort of option to swap out the kit for a spare.

Unfortunately, you cannot opt in for a spare wheel instead of the kit, there is not even an option to order the wheel in brochure anymore. There was in the 2010 Feb brochure :

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Does this bother anyone, and does anyone know where I can pick up a cheap spare / space saver ?
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So I placed an order for my new Q5 in May and due to the 5 month lead date, the model will be built on the 2015 specification. Among other things, this now doesn't come with a spare wheel or a space saver spare.




(I'm in the USA.) We have a 2015 Q5 coming in shortly. It does have some sort of space saver spare included and a built-in compressor to inflate it. So, the option does exist. I have no idea the cost to duplicate.
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It depends on the general distributor
Different markets have different equipment packages. Even members of the EU have different prices and packages
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This is what the dealer came back with :


So I have just had the confirmation from our parts department manager that the collapsible spare wheel has been withdrawn from sale due to worldwide constraint. Therefore all Model year 15 cars will be supplied with a gel inflation pack.

The only thing that I can do is once we have a chassis number (once the car has been built) I can provide the details to my parts department who will then be able to quote you on an actual spare wheel. It will be expensive and there will not be a storage space for it in the vehicle which seems pointless

So I reckon there's no point unless someone is selling it on eBay or I manage to get hold of one from a scrap yard.
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So I have just had the confirmation from our parts department manager that the collapsible spare wheel has been withdrawn from sale due to worldwide constraint. Therefore all Model year 15 cars will be supplied with a gel inflation pack.

The only thing that I can do is once we have a chassis number (once the car has been built) I can provide the details to my parts department who will then be able to quote you on an actual spare wheel. It will be expensive and there will not be a storage space for it in the vehicle which seems pointless

So I reckon there's no point unless someone is selling it on eBay or I manage to get hold of one from a scrap yard.
It is only for the UK market. Different markets have different standards
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It is only for the UK market. Different markets have different standards
Yes, sorry, I forgot to mention I'm in the UK. From what I gather, most of the people on the is forum are in the US
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Yes, sorry, I forgot to mention I'm in the UK. From what I gather, most of the people on the is forum are in the US
I do not understand what you really want ????????????????

This is a decision of the Audi representative of the UK

U.S. market :

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Hi spijun,

Sorry , should have been clearer. Apparently this option is not available in the UK and is available in the US markets as you mentioned. It was available in the UK before, but it's been withdrawn for some reason. Short of me than me ordering one from the US and getting it shipped to the UK, there isn't much I can do.

I guess if I'm in Belgium or France, I can visit a dealer there and maybe they'll be able to provide a collapsible wheel.

Thanks for your help though
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Are you saying the space for the spare tire is gone? I doubt that very much. Have you tried a wrecking yard?
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Are you saying the space for the spare tire is gone? I doubt that very much. Have you tried a wrecking yard?
No., the space exists for a space saver. But Audi UK are only able to provide a full size wheel as a spare so this will definitely not fit in the boot space.

I'll start asking round some breakers yards here in the UK.
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One thing to keep in mind is that you might, in addition to the collapsible spare itself, need any of the mounting hardware that is used to hold the spare against the floor of the storage area. Since they removed the option of the spare, it's possible that you may not have the hardware to attach the spare in your vehicle. I'm not sure, though, as I don't know what they have or don't have in vehicles that don't opt for the collapsible spare even where available. (Here in the US it's standard so we can't opt out.) You'll certainly need to remember to get the compressor unit, as well, to fill up the spare.

Hopefully you're able to locate a spare and mount it at a relatively reasonable cost when your 2015 comes in. I wouldn't trust a can of gel, and as you say if you get a puncture in a bad spot then the can won't work at all. Much prefer full-size spares, but it's rare that there's room in vehicles anymore so compact or collapsible is at least better than needing run-flats or a can of goo.
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Yes ,

You're right idale. Probably safer to wait till I get delivery of the car and then see what space there is and if there is actually a place to anchor the wheel in.

I just hate relying on the gel. Call me old fashioned , but just like the comfort of having A real spare
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