All down to saving weight so they get an extra 1 mpg, looks good on the data sheets,
"Latest model, more economical than the previous one" is often said, but what they dont say is its because half the pieces are missing!
Then they can charge you a bit more for a spare wheel, jack, fixing kits etc,
The tyre fitters I use SAT always use a torque wrench on alloy wheels, and you need to make sure you tell them "Dont scratch them" too!! or you will be making a claim.
Some garages use the same air gun for tightening your car wheel nut as the juggernaut theyve just done before you too.
Spacesaver is virtually invisible from behind unless you crouch down on the ground to check........when did you last notice that the Mini driving in front did or did not have a spacesaver? Those without spacesaver have a large black plastic cover tray in the same place anyway.
for anybody that's interested and an update to my question can I retro fit a space saver wheel carrier to an R57? Well the answer is YES. The mini computer said NO but after reading the wonderful posts on this site, I bought all the bits for the R56 and followed the comprehensive instructions by previous members and guess what it was fitted in the 15 minute time scale quoted.
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