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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 14th 2009
14— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 14, 2009 Call for Ford to be more responsible email@example.com with GRAHAM SMITH hose failures I thought I would give my local dealer a ring. After a quick check they told me my car could be affected and they booked it in to have the hoses replaced. They re- placed all four hoses. It was done without question and with a smile. There was no charge and I couldnt be hap- pier. A Glen Brown e-mail. It’s great that you are happy, but you had to ask. If you hadn’t read about the problem you wouldn’t have known there was one. Wouldn’t it have been bet- ter if Ford had contacted you and told you of the problem and asked you to take your car in to have the brake hoses changed. If I was in your shoes I would have been angry with Ford for letting me and my fam- ily drive around with a potentially dangerous flaw in it. I also note that the dealer replaced all brake hoses, as some are just changing the rear hoses. It’s another example of the inconsistent approach by Ford and its dealers. Check it out I HAVE a BA Falcon and have been reading about brake line failure. What are the chances of this happening FTER reading your stor- ies about Falcon brake to mine? Are the front and rear brakes separate, if one goes will I still have the other or if the hoses burst will I be left with nothing? Also, should I be proactive and get some- thing donenowto prevent this happening? K Thurbon Myrtleford, Vic. The chances are high enough that you should do something about it. Ford president Marin Burela has advised all Falcon owners who are concerned about the problem to go to their local Ford dealer and have their car checked. I would expect that your car will be one of those affected and the Ford dealer will replace the rear brake hoses at the very minimum, although I don’t believe that will fully address the problem. If a brake hose fails you shouldn’t lose all braking as the front and rear brake circuits are independent and the failure of one or the other won’t cause you to lose all braking. Surge problem I AMconcerned that there is something wrong with my VE Commodore, which some- times surges forward for no apparent reason. I think is an extremely dangerous problem that should be fixed by my Holden dealer, but they say they will not fix it. What should I do? Peter Belovic e-mail. NOT HAPPY: A Ford Territory Ghia owner is annoyed to discover several expensive problems with their car, which although is out of warranty has travelled relatively few kilometres. I HAVE a 2004 Ford Terri- Ghia blow-out tory Ghia that has travelled 75,000 km and has a full service history. Upon having it serviced last week, we were advised that we need new ball joints and a replacement centre diff bush apparently both known prob- lems with the Territory. It also has a leaking cylin- der head that requires repairs at $1795. out of warranty, even though the kilometres are low. These problems seem un- reasonable to me for a rela- tively new car that has never been off road (it’s only rear- wheel drive). I believe Ford will offer to meet some of the cost, but I’m not sure what is fair. Can you please help? Mike McCarthy email speed, which I think is quite unacceptable. My dealer said the gearbox MY VE Commodore is shot and should be replaced. I think Holden should recall all the VE range to sort this out properly. Louise Goodman e-mail Obviously the car is now MY VE Commodore has several noises coming from the gearbox that get louder the faster I drive and surges forward violently when traveling about 90 km/ h. It can be extremely irritat- ing and annoying in traffic, and I’m scared I will hit some other driver in the back. My lurches forward at high dealer told me this is a com- monproblem with the current model and told me to get this sorted out immediately. John Retly e-mail The problem raised by all three readers seems to be the same one, that is—that the VE Commodore surges forward at around 90 kmh. I haven’t experienced the problem in the VEs I’ve driven, but I have experi- enced a surging at lower speeds. I have found that to be disconcerting and an- noying. We have passed on these three e-mails to Hol- den and asked for a res- ponse. We have struggled to get any response from Ford on a major brake problem so I doubtwewill bemuchhelp. The best advice is to push hard with your service manager, but take what you can get. More information I ENJOYreading the VFacts top 10 sales figures pub- lished in the CarsGuide regu- larly but I am also interested in more in-depth figures than the top 10 the newspaper has space to provide. Are VFacts sales figures for the whole industry available to the general public online or are they commercial only? David Wryell Launceston, TAS Sorry but it is a service for the motor industry, and even journalists only get a small snapshot. You could try the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries in Canberra. • 4 airbags (front and side) • climate control air cond • antilock brakes • remote keyless entry & alarm • immobiliser • cruise control 4 airbags (front and side) climate control air cond antilock brakes remote keyless entry & alarm • independant rear suspension • electronic brake distrubtion • electric drivers seat • electric mirrors and windows • CD and MP3 compatible • multi function steering wheel • power steering • map reading lamps • illuminated vanity mirror • auto diming rear view mirror • multi function display screen 380SX only • 17” Alloys and low profile tyres • Traction control • Fog lights • Sports seats and interior • CD – 6 disc in dash/cabin • Chrome exhaust tip TRADE INS WEL * Balance of 5 year Factory warranty • Leather steering wheel & gear knob TRADE INS WELCOME CNR HARRINGTON & BATHRUST STS PHONE: 6237 1199 VEHICLES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY Prices don’t include the 3% G’ment Stamp Duty and $23 transfer fee. 2006 SERIES 2 MITSUBISHI 380 AND 380SX SEDANS SALE PRICE $14,990 380SX $16,990 2006 SERIES 2 MITSUBISHI 380 AND 380SX SEDANS BETTER BUILT BETTER BACKED 2020790-10 WEEKEND OPEN ALL
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