THINK SHARP ON FLATS
I believe space-saver spares are ideal, contrary to previous letters. Give people a full-size spare and they forget to have it repaired and drive around with a flat spare. When you drive on a space-saver, you’ll be wanting to get the repair done. I worked for NRMA road service for 25 years and could fill a book with the call-outs and tows that were needed because the motorist had a full-size spare ... that was flat. Ronald Cox, via email
Good point. I’ve been guilty of exactly that in my rebellious past. There are pros and cons to spacesavers and full-size spares — and some even have a begrudging regard for run-flats.
You’re entitled to, John, but it would no doubt be at the maker’s discretion to refund you for the diagnostic work you’ve paid for before. Your case would be much stronger if you used a Subaru service department for the work — I’d expect a full refund there. Take it up with your dealer or Subaru Australia and make sure you can produce the invoices for the previous work performed.