Drawbacks and benefits of having the Tempa spare wheel option
Well after 4 months of fairly quiet ownership today I experienced my first puncture in the v40
Luckily I waited and found myself a v40 with the Tempa spare wheel option and not the horrible glue compressor kit
However having just changed my first wheel I can report that it can be an absolute pig of a job.
Firstly as the car is an R design with the side skirts it makes it incredibly awkward to get the jack under the car once the wheel is flat, also as the jack has to be lowered to basically fully flat, if your unlucky enough to be parked tight to a kerb when the wheel goes flat you cannot get the jack under the car without having to try and move the car away from the kerb, I did this but also managed to chip the lacquer on my wheel in two places whilst doing so....nice!!!!
Was also a nice surprise to see that the original alloy then basically takes up the entire boot space whilst shipping it down to the local tyre repair shop. meaning everything else you have in there has to find a place in the cabin instead! not great if you have passengers.
Overall I can report Im glad I have the spare wheel option but in the conditions and place I found myself in it is an absolute nighmare to get changed! just glad it wasn't raining.
So happy I bought the optional alloy wheel insurance now at time of purchase!
Otherwise happy days and a happy camper
2014 Volvo V40 D2 R Design Lux Nav - Rebel blue, Winter Pack, Rear Camera, Rear Park assist, Tempa Spare Wheel, Upgraded Sound Multimedia, TV, DVD, Xenons, Full leather