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    How many of you have changed the space saver wheel for a standard item?
    Had to use mine last night & this morning until tyre arrives today, 50 mph max down M1.
    Stressed at end of journey was understatement.
    Everything passing me, good job no mopeds passed or would be really p***ed

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    Mopeds aren't allowed on the M1!

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    I know that, meant on other roads.

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    I followed a Saab convertible yesterday on it's space saver - I did cringe when he got it up to 75mph! Have you felt the heat the tread has after a run at 50mph?

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    I changed mine for a standard alloy, the space saver is a waste of time, I wouldn`t trust them. A 17" alloy fits in the space if you take out the plastic bit under the spacesaver ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian T
    How many of you have changed the space saver wheel for a standard item?
    Had to use mine last night & this morning until tyre arrives today, 50 mph max down M1.
    Stressed at end of journey was understatement.
    Everything passing me, good job no mopeds passed or would be really p***ed

    I go at 50 on the motorway quite a lot now. like to see 60+mpg on the trip computer lol

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    Do agree that consumption improved, but going that slow is not for me!
    I'm going to try & get alloy or std steel wheel

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    There are plenty of single alloys appear on Ebay .. Seems to defeat the point of a space saver when they put in a plastic insert to make up for the size of it *lol*

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    FYI, a full size spare wheel will not fit in the well of a Vectra-C ESTATE. The rear/mat/load liner raises an inch or so We just put the full size wheel in when we are towing, and just put a bit of hardboard over the wheel and it does. It just doesn't look as nice

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    It's actually a weight saving thing, not really a space saving one. Every extra kilo makes the car slightly less economical, so manufacturers trim weight in places like this.

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