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Can somone please explain what this option is. I am assuming it is just a temporary undersized spare wheel, but a bit confused about "collasible".

Is this a worthwhile option and can it be retro fitted..

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Mark
 

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Hi Mark
I would presume it's a deflated space saver wheel,
I would think it could be ordered from your Audi dealer.
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if you haven't ordered it, then do it as now it ?110 on initial order but to retro buy it that will set you back cost ?500 (which I found out) luckily I got my dealer to order one on his demo so will get it for ?110

if you don't order this you will get a tin of foam to help if you get a flat thats all you get

the collapsable wheel means it fits where your subwoofer is, and once you inflate its a full size spare wheel (not a replica of your alloys) and is only temporary, once used you can deflate it to the small size and put back in the boot
 

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Think I will be using the foam fill if I get a puncture
, after all if Audi can charge ?500
for this collapsible wheel as a spare part, ?500 would get you about three new tyres for the car, and you wont have to remove the wheel if you get a puncture plus will not interfere with the Sub woofer position.
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Rahoo,

I'm a little confused here (probably because my Q5 hasn't arrived yet). I was under the impression that if you have the sub woofer then there is no room left for any kind of spare so instead Audi suppy a can of repair foam. Are you saying that you can get a collapseable spare that will fit in with the subwoofer in place?
 

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I've just got the sub but no spare, it looks like the sub would fit inside a spare wheel. The sub is in a round plastic box about 14" in diameter.
 
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My spare wheel story went like this. After I'd ordered my car, I did a bit of research about the "standard" foam solution, and discovered that there are quite a lot of situations where you can't use it. As I didn't fancy having to be recovered if I got a puncture, I told the dealer that I wanted to buy the collapsible spare wheel (this was well before delivery). they came back and told me two things:

1) It would cost me a huge and outrageous amount of money (can't remember exact amount, but a lot)
2) They didn't know where I'd put it, because my car had a subwoofer where it would normally go.

So, I had a fairly strongly worded discussion about the cost, and they eventually agreed to supply it for the price listed as an option ordered at the same time as the car order, ?100 or so. They were still saying they didn't know where I'd put it.

So, the spare wheel arrived about a week after I took delivery of the car, I opened the boot, took the subwoofer out, dropped the collapsible spare in it's place, and then dropped the subwoofer inside the spare wheel, which is where it's supposed to go. You have to unclip one connector and unscrew the large woofer/wheel plastic retention bolt, that's all there is to it. Five minutes, if that.

Hope that helps,

Keith
 
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Thanks Keith,

Exactly the response I was after - if you get a chance to posting a picture, that would really sign it.

I'll start on my dealer tomorrow.
 

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thats exactly right Keith...?110 is a good investment as if you just have a slow puncture and use the foam you would have to replace the tyre as the foam would ruin it, and as I have had a few in my time, the thought of a new tyre when you can repair it for ?15 is the only reason I am getting it now...
 
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Thanks for the replies....

My car is due for delivery in 3 weeks (awaiting shippng)..I am waiting to hear back from salesperson, hope to get the collasible wheel for ?110 it sounds like a must.
 

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Just replaced my wife's mini cooper with the Q5 and had the collapsable wheel from the start ( Yes the woofer bit sits inside). This is because I have a TT which came with the foam only and will not work in all circumstances. Some members of the TT forum have improvised a spare wheel using a Mark 5 golf GTI wheel which is a match for the TT (no spare wheel available) and fitted the low speed temporary spare. I have followed suit.
?110 is a bargain and would recomend for peace of mind, especially if doing any touring. It's always good to be in control of any possible problem.
 

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my Q5 came with yhe collapsible sparewheel
as replacing a wheel on the go can be hasardous on roads with heavy traffic, or when the car is fully loaded, I supplementary ordered the foam : it is much less work if the puncture is not too bad. Indeed you have to repair the tyre ASAP, because the foam should not attach (if so, the tyre cannot be effecyively balanced afterward
i had preferred a normal spare wheel...
 
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I dont know why Audi are not supplying with spare tyre anymore, just another money making exercise if you ask me.
 
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Is it true that once you have to use the foam to fix a puncture your tyre needs to be replaced ?
I dont think the dealers are being very fair when they are not explaining things properly to clients when they are ordering vehicles?
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IMHO, this item should be part of the standard equipment on a car like this - across the range !

It needs to be a space saver/collapsible item as I suspect that there are many drivers that could not handle a 255 wide by 20" wheel/tyre combination at the roadside, certainly amongst the ladies - they weigh a ton!!!
 

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does anybody know if the collapsible wheel will fit in with the b&o sound system fitted,also have ordered car with 20" rims,is the spare the same size?
 

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I have ordered the spare with B&O and 20" rims.

The overall tyre/wheel diameter is the same whatever size wheels you have, hence the bigger wheels having lower profile (% of width) tyres. This is to stop the gearbox ratios/speedo readings etc being different with each size of wheel?

I think the sub fits inside the spare wheel - it better had as I don't want it (the spare) pinned to the back door - LOL!
 

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My Dealer has also confirmed that the Collapsible spare wheel does not compromise B&O in any way. He claimed the sub-woofer sits hidden away in the sidewall.
 
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I can confirm that the collapsable spare and B&O are compatible (I have both). I'd take a pic to show only I'm currently sitting in the lounge waiting for a flight across to Perth (delayed an hour so far).
 

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Has anyone else had any success in buying a spare for ?110 after the event? I forgot to order both the spare and the boot mat and I don't want to play with the order as I now have a build date.

You would think that if one dealer can let you have one for ?110 they all can.

Cheers
 
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