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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 23rd 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —11 Call for more function less form I HAVE a VE Commodore SV6 ute and the numbers on the speedo are way too small. In fact, I cannot read them at all unless I get outmyclose-up reading glasses, which I do not require for driving, being long sighted. The designers of modern cars must all be 20-somethings, with perfect eyesight and apparently it’s not in their brief to design an instrument cluster for all to use. The whole instrument panel in- cluding the radio and heating con- trols follow the same line. I very nearly passed on buying this vehicle because of this issue, the salesman could not understand the problem, but then again he was a 20-something also. Glenn Phillips e-mail I have to agree with your senti- ments. The instruments in many cars fail in my view because design- ers go for form over function. At the risk of being accused of Ford bashing again I would use the current Falcon as an exam- ple. In daylight the graphics overpower the graduations on the dials making them very hard to read, but at night when the dials are illuminated and the graphics can’t be seen the instru- ments are easy to read. Givemea good old set of white on black instruments with large easy-to-read graphics. Paint problem LIKEyour other readerswhohave reported problems with the paint on their Falcons, my Shockwave Blue BF Falcon has an unex- plained paint peel that gets bigger with every wash. Can you provide the contact details of the best person at Ford to deal with this? Phillip Edwards e-mail You should start by contacting your dealer. This is such a well-known problem that I don’t believeyou would have any trouble in getting your car repainted. If that doesn’t give you any satisfaction go to Fords Cus- tomer Assistance Service. Pay attention to limits The letters in Carsguide over the past few weeks about the accuracy of speedometers confirms one thing, that those who complain about being booked for ‘‘only’’ 3 km/h over the limit have really nothing to complain about. I checked my Camry’s speedo against a radar check on our local highway and at 100 km/h indi- cated, the radar showed 97km/h. So for meto be booked for doing 103km/h, my speedo would have to show 110 km/h. It is pretty obvious to me that those who get booked for ‘‘only’’ 3 email@example.com with GRAHAM SMITH km/h over the limit are deluding themselves, as their speedo must have been showing well over the posted limit, so they were not paying attention. Mike Lucas e-mail. I don’t understand why anyone feels they must always drive right on the limit, we all know what the rules are, so why not drive just under the speed limit when you know you won’t be booked. As I have said many times in this column the speedos in our cars are optimistic, in other words theyshowa higher speed than the actual speed you’re travelling at, so to get booked you really have to be exceeding the limit by quite a margin. Gas query I am interested in fitting my 2006 Toyota HiLux V6 with direct injection gas but I have read that Toyota does not recommend run- ning LPG in their cars. I am not sure whether to go ahead in fitting the system or not. Why does Toyota advise against fitting LPG to its vehicles? Nick de Groot e-mail Most companies advise against running their cars on LPG; it’s because they don’t want to take responsibility for any failures that might occur. You have to remember that car companies don’t have any control over the many compa- nies that sell LPG systems for the cars they make, so they don’t want to get involved in any arguments with owners if a failure should occur to one of DIFFICULT TO SEE: Commodore’s small speedo numbers have come under fire. its cars while running on gas. You should be aware that part of your warranty, if it hasn’t expired, would be void if you do convert to LPG. Tips on garaging I am going overseas soon for 12 weeksandI plan to leavemycar in my garage for this time. Apart from disconnecting the battery leads what else should I do? Jack Emerson e-mail Rather than disconnect the bat- tery leads I would put it on a trickle charger that maintains the battery charge. That way you should be able to get in and drive away when you get home again. I would also put it up on blocks to avoid having the tyres settle resulting in flat spots. 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