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  1. I was going to change for the same reason. I found a new set of 17 inch on ebay but the dealer said they wouldn't fit because of clearance issues. Try taping a length of 1/2 wood across the rim and spin it.
  2. I didn't believe it either but as the owner of what's affectionately called in the trade "a wonkey donkey" I do now. I bought a spare key fob and blank key on ebay. then I must have phoned every auto lock smith in the country and still I only have one key, over two years later. If anyone can sort this besides the dealers, he's doing a very poor job advertising his business.
  3. The dealer who sold me the car said it came with one key but I contacted the previous owner who said he traded it to a Merc dealer. I contacted them but never received a reply. So my spare key has probably been binned.
  4. You can't program used keys and I think the price of a new key includes programming, so the dealer is the only option unfortunately.
  5. If you lose the only key, it costs thousands to sort it. Insist on a spare key or make your offer reflect that you're going to have to spend up to £500 to replace it. I didn't know my 2008 had one key until the deal was done and dusted because I never thought to ask. Living with one key is a nightmare.
  6. My 08 SEL has one. I thought they all did TBH
  7. I used to have a bumper sticker on my '69 Chevelle which read "I'd rather eat worms than drive an automatic" Then I was forced to buy one ('76 Vette) because I couldn't find the right car, with 4 speed. I had intended to convert it but having drove it for a while, I kept the auto and I've never had a stick shift since.
  8. Sensors don't fit in the new wheels and to be honest I've spent 50 years driving trouble free, without the need for a computer to tell me I've got a flat. Checking tyre pressures is part of routine maintenance and if you don't know you're driving on a flat tyre, you never should be driving anyhow.
  9. If the light is on, with the car running normally or off during during initialisation, you'll fail the MOT. The sensors just have to be working, they won't check if they're in the tyres, just the same as they won't check any other system, as long as the warning lights indicate that it's working normally.
  10. You need to pressurise the box, you could fit a separate valve but it's just as easy to use one of the sensors.
  11. The silver one list a manual transmission. I may be but I didn't think a manual was available with hybrids.
  12. If you want newer for less money. :) New&onesearchad=New&radius=1500&postcode=fy11rn&page=1
  13. Most wobble nuts will accommodate a 1.5mm variation in pcd, so the difference between 112 & 114.3 is probably out of their range. You can get adapter plates but you would also have to be aware of offset too. By the time you've bought two pairs, you're halfway to a brand new set of wheels that do fit. IMG_2010 by John Pate, on Flickr Probably more trouble than it's worth in the end.
  14. There's a good reason that they're cheaper, they are.