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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 14th 2009
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, November 14, 2009 More to new SIDI than hype BETTER THAN IT SOUNDS: GM's new SIDI direct injection feature actually delivers improved economy and performance while reducing emissions and is not just some marketing ploy. firstname.lastname@example.org with GRAHAM SMITH QIS IT just me or are we being fooled by the big GM marketing machine with the apparently ''new'' SIDI direct injection? From what I can find out SIDI direct injection stands for ''Spark Ignited Direct Injection direct injection''. What is the differ- ence from every other petrol powered fuel-injected car on the market, aren't they all spark ignited direct injected? David Down Craignish, Qld ASIDI stands for Spark Ignition Direct Injection'', but its the Direct Injection'' bit that is new. The difference is that current so-called multipoint fuel-injection'' systems inject the fuel into the inlet port, but Direct Injection'' injects it directly into the combustion chamber. The result is better mixing and better control so economy and performance are improved and emissions are reduced. QWHAT are the pros and cons of driving my 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer ES auto in sports-shift mode? I find the performance much better, but will driving it in this mode reduce the lifespan of the vehicle to any great extent and do you consider the fuel economy will suffer greatly? Steve Campbelltown, NSW AIF YOU drive normally it won't have any great impact on the life of the transmission or driveline but if you thrash it you are likely to have an impact. It's the same with the fuel economy, the mode of changing gears won't have any impact, it's the way you drive that could affect consumption. Drive it hard through the gears and you will use more fuel, drive it conservatively and you won't. QARE early model Commodores such including VB, VC and VH going to become a future collector's item like EH Holden's and others of the 1960s? These cars are Australian icons and surely they should increase in value. You can't buy chrome bumpered Commodores any more and you can't get the characteristic looks of these solid metal cars. Dan email AIT'S hard to say how many are left, but one thing is certain; many have gone to that automotive graveyard in the sky. Given that their numbers are thinning it's then fair to say that they will become collectable, and along with that their value should also go up. If you're thinking of buying one as a classic with the potential to increase in value buy an SL/E, that's the model that has the potential to become the new Premier. QAFTER reading about the prob- lem Dennis and Helen Davis were having with their Ford Escape I thought I would tell you about mine. It was a 2003 Ford Escape and it developed a slight vibration when changing in and out of overdrive. My dealer was able to rectify the problem with a change of transmission fluid as recommended by Ford. I now have a 2006 Escape that's done 50,000km without having the problem. Dick Green email AThanks for your input. It sounds like Ford had taken care of the problem and Dennis and Helen should go back to their dealer and ask for the fluid change. QI WANT convert my 2004 Ford Explorer to gas and I would like to know which is the best system for it. Americo email ATHE best system is the vapour injection system, which is like the fuel-injection system currently fitted to your Explorer. The other system that is available is a venturi/mixer system, which is like a carburetor if you think in petrol terms. Vapour- injection is more modern technology, has fewer issues but is more expen- sive. QI CAN buy a 2006 Ford Territory with 43,800km on the odometer for $24,000 from a friend of my wife's, but I have been reading the com- plaints from owners about a common problem with the Territory. Has it been rectified or not? Anthony Cannizzo email AWe've got no reason to believe that the problem you're referring to --- excessive wearing and failure of the front lower control arm ball joints has been fixed.
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