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So, I skimped on the spare wheel option to save £75, what a stupid mistake, I'd advise everyone to order one if they're buying a new Cactus!

Inflation warning came on and I could feel things were squiffy so pulled into a supermarket. Air leaking out of a tiny hole in the main tread face of the tyre and it was almost flat. In the boot you'll find an orange device with a built in compressor - the instructions on the device are terrible and all in pictures, the manual is a little better. Basically turn a valve in one direction, attach pipe one to the tyre then turn on the compressor to inject the tyre sealant (worth noting that the AA won't assist you unless you've used the provided sealant, even if it's obviously not going to work).

Anyway, that went wrong because it seems the sealant gummed up the valve before it even filled the tyre. I left it a while to try anyway. You're then supposed to remove pipe one, turn the valve on the device the opposite way, attach pipe two then turn compressor back on to inflate the tyre some more. This didn't work because the valve had been gummed up as before :oops:

It had a little air in and was only a few miles from home so limped home slowly. Now stuck with a car that won't move, had to leave it a week until I had a chance to take it off and get it fixed as I had a busy week at work going early and back late. Lot of knocks on door from neighbours to tell me my lovely new car has a flat tyre. Luckily I have a van to use.

Finally got a chance to take the wheel off and down to the specialist, was confident of a repair as it was a tidy little hole, "oh no mate, you've used the sealant, it's scrap now". So £65 for a new tyre and a lot of hassle. If I'd had the spare I could have swapped it and got the other one repaired for £10 as well as saving all the time in the dark with the bloody compressor device (which scarily looks like I might have to replace the whole thing now I've used it), even though it didn't work as it should! I'll just get a can of off the shelf stuff. Am also looking for a spare wheel.
 

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This is one of those "if it ain't broke don't try to fix it" examples? :(
 

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Thanks StevieJ, that's very helpful. Had exactly the same ordeal with my sisters spareless hyundai last month too, I drove that to a tyre place a mile away with the flat flopping all over the place while she followed me in my car.
 

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I hate these stupid inflation kits instead of a 'proper' spare wheel - the cactus in not alone either more and more doing it to save money in my opinion. My Mazda 6 was exactly the same but luckily we never had to use it.

I think the garage said a spare is £75 - is that right ?
 

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JohnYoung said:
I hate these stupid inflation kits instead of a 'proper' spare wheel - the cactus in not alone either more and more doing it to save money in my opinion. My Mazda 6 was exactly the same but luckily we never had to use it.

I think the garage said a spare is £75 - is that right ?
Yes! For the sake of £75 I opted for the spare wheel for obvious reasons. I cannot understand the logic of abandoning the tried and tested option of the spare wheel. Those inflation kits are a joke!
 
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Yes! For the sake of £75 I opted for the spare wheel for obvious reasons. I cannot understand the logic of abandoning the tried and tested option of the spare wheel. Those inflation kits are a joke!
Especialy as there is, in the petrol anyway, a wheel well. :eek: Luckily I opted for one.
 

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Keith said:
fixerman said:
Yes! For the sake of £75 I opted for the spare wheel for obvious reasons. I cannot understand the logic of abandoning the tried and tested option of the spare wheel. Those inflation kits are a joke!
Especialy as there is, in the petrol anyway, a wheel well. :eek: Luckily I opted for one.
Me too :D
 

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Cactus4us said:
Keith said:
fixerman said:
Yes! For the sake of £75 I opted for the spare wheel for obvious reasons. I cannot understand the logic of abandoning the tried and tested option of the spare wheel. Those inflation kits are a joke!
Especialy as there is, in the petrol anyway, a wheel well. :eek: Luckily I opted for one.
Me too :D
Snap!! We took the option for all the above reasons plus they're no use whatsoever with a blow out. What really is the point of these useless inflation kits other than space or weight. For the end user its a nightmare :roll:
 

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I'm glad I "kind of" have the spare wheel. It was on my order, but when I saw the car a few days before collection I noticed it was missing. I think the garage got one off EBay (I saw the salesman link to that site whilst I was there!) and apart from not having the proper polystyrene container for all the parts I do have the spare and the wheel changing apparatus...although with this configuration the boot floor is a little uneven if you press it in places!

However, as you all have said I much prefer a spare to a can of sealant.
 

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I work at the Nissan car plant and the majority of the cars we produce have no spare. most have the inflation kits. most drivers would prefer a spare as standard and not as an option and motor manufacturers should listen to what their customers want and stop trying to cut costs. even a space saver spare is better than an inflation kit, luckily my cactus had a space saver spare when I bought it. my advice is to anyone buying a car, just let the salesman know how disappointed you are that you don't have a spare and that you will go and look at another dealers cars. believe me, if he thinks he is going to loose a sale, he will soon throw one in at no extra cost. the trouble with us brits, is we just put up with this sort of crap and do nothing about it.
 

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@ wil - Work at Nissan and drive a Cactus :shock: :D ;)
 

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would have bought Nissan if I was in the market for a new car but was given a great deal on my year old cactus
 

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yes been there over 28 years. I used to be young and good looking when I started.
That is some shift - I have never worked there myself but know a lot of lads who have.

So you on making the new infinity at the moment ? - Looks really nice
 

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yes the infinity takes us to 5 different models being made at the plant. its good to have a success story in the north east
 

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yes the infinity takes us to 5 different models being made at the plant. its good to have a success story in the north east
Yes to right and to be honest something for us all to be proud of even if we don't work there. Great work :cool:

I have had numerous Nissan's (Primera, Micra, Almera, 200sx) good cars
 

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I've had 10 nissans including the 300zx fairlady which I still have. the cactus is my first citroen and so far I really like it. :D
 
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