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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 27th 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---13 PROBLEMATIC: Two Cars Guide readers have reported issues with a late-model Nissan Tiida, left, and a Ford Mondeo, right. email@example.com with GRAHAM SMITH Call for caution over conversions Q I was recently reading your column and saw a reader asking about LPG for his diesel and thought I would tell you of our experience. We had our 2005 Nis- san Pathfinder 2.5-litre turbo diesel fitted with a dual-fuel system and can say we are very pleased with the result. What was already an ef- ficient, powerful engine has been improved 20 to 25 per cent and there has been no issue with it to date. I would expect it to take two to three years to recoup the cost, but you have the benefit of better performance when towing and ex- cellent economy when not. Ross Mitchelmore email Good information for anyone think- ing of converting their diesel to dual- fuel, but it s important to do lots of homework before having your ve- hicle done. Consult a number of converters to get a feel for their competence, talk to as many of their customers as possible to get feed- back on the success, or otherwise of the conversion. Converting diesels to dual-fuel is still in its infancy, so tread carefully when thinking of doing it. Q I recently bought a new Nis- san Tiida, which has been fitted with after-market power win- dows by the dealer. So far three of the window cables have been rep- laced due to breakage. Are the windows covered under the Nissan warranty --- which is three years; as the installer claims I only get one. Richard Abbot email No, Nissan s warranty only covers the car as it was when it left the Nissan factory; the after-market windows will carry their own war- ranty from their manufacturer. When it comes to the windows you need to deal with the dealer. Q VW doesn t recommend rotating wheels and tyres on their cars. Their argument is that the fronts wear quicker and that by rotating, not only will it possibly alter handling it will also mean that instead of having to replace just two tyres you will eventually have to replace all four. Is this now con- sidered normal for European cars, or are they just trying one on? Grant Shelton email Normally a front-wheel drive car will wear out the front tyres twice as fast as the rears, and the idea of rotating the tyres is that you spread the wear out evenly across all four tyres and that way you end up with the better tyres on the front, which does more work in terms of braking and steering. Q I am looking at buying a new or used 2008-2010 model car and am thinking along the lines of a Falcon FG or XR6, SV6 Commodore or V6 Commodore. I cover about 5000km per year, but need to tow a 1200kg caravan on occasions. Do I go for new or used, what make and model --- how about an XR6 Turbo --- and how much should I pay? Peter Barnett email Buying used will save you heaps, there are lots of FGs and VEs available on the used market. Both are very similar in terms of build quality and it really comes down to which one you like the best. The FG XR6 is a very good driving car and would probably be my pick, while the XR6 Turbo is a blisteringly quick car and would be a good choice if you want a stand-out performer. You ll get a regular FG for $18,000, same for a regular V6 VE, while an XR6 will set you back $30,000-$32,000 and a Turbo $35,000-$40,000. Q Much to my surprise I was informed that the rear brakes on my 2007 Ford Mondeo had worn down to the metal and required new pads and discs even though it had only done 22,000km and the front brakes were OK. Ford told me that it was normal. This is my first and last Ford. Ray Butler Rosanna, Vic It s most unusual to wear out the rear brakes before the fronts as it s the fronts that do most of the work, but having to replace pads and discs at low kays is not so unusual with European cars. Q The dual-fuel 1995 Holden VS Commodore I recently bought is a cracker but it has started to backfire even when idling. Is this normal for a dual-fuel car? Liam Dwyer email Let s put it this way, it s not unusual, it s a sign it needs a service. Go through the ignition system, and make sure there aren t any random sparks that could ignite the air/LPG mixture in the intake manifold. Missed an edition of Ask Smithy? Search our archive for all his Q&A, plus his extras, at car- sguide.com.au buyamitsubishi.com.au AWARD WINNING PRODUCTS, OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND AUSTRALIA'S BEST NEW CAR WARRANTY. † * ^ ‡ To see all of the March offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11 See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. 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