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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 17th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 17, 2010 Q&A Engine braking not automatic ASK SMITHY Graham Smith LOST: GPS maps may be updated between the time a car is built and delivery to its new owner. Q FOR 35 years I have driven manual cars, but due to arthritis in my hips I have recently opted for a 2005 Mitsubishi Magna ES automatic. While driving my manuals I just had to lift my foot off the accelerator and the car would start to slow down and then you go down through the gears to eventually use the brake to come to a full stop. This does not happen in the automatic, I seem to be forever standing on the brakes just to slow down, taking your foot off the accelerator has little or no effect, even if I move the selector to a lower gear manually there is very little engine braking. I find it very annoying. Peter Clarke, Woodcroft, SA There s very little engine braking available with an automatic transmission and with the desire to achieve the best possible fuel economy, there have been changes to the transmissions, gearing, torque converters etc that have further reduced the effect. Q RECENTLY I had a front ball joint snap when I drove my 2006 SY Ford Territory TS over a speed hump at McDonalds, causing $5000 worth of damage to the car. Now Ford is refusing to pay to fix what was caused by its own fault. I m so devastated. What can I do?Linda Mate email We passed your complaint on to Ford and they have said they would look into it. Ford has also told us that its investigation into the premature wear of ball joints on the Territory is continuing. Q I PURCHASED a new Renault Scenic in 2002 and have had my vehicle serviced by the dealer ever since, even though it would have been much easier to have it serviced locally by a non-Renault mechanic. Renault advised me against this as they say that their mechanics/technicians are sent to France or Singapore for specialist training in Renault vehicles and even though I might get the work done at less cost it would be unwise to do so. My daughter has recently purchased a used one-owner 2008 Renault Laguna hatch and it is almost impossible for her to take the car to the Renault dealer for servicing. Are we being over cautious in not using a reputable local service provider? Tony Goode email It really comes down to what you are comfortable with. Renault does send its mechanics and technicians overseas for factory training so they should be armed with knowledge to fix whatever problems owners have, but you do pay a price for that. My advice would be to use the dealer while the new car warranty is current, but then switch to a reputable mechanic after that, one that preferably has knowledge of Renaults. Q I HAVE a 1955 Ford F100 that has been in my family since new. It is in original condition and is apparently one of only three of its type left in Australia. I can no longer afford to keep it and my dilemma is finding the right place to advertise it. I would like a buyer who would pay a realistic value and restore it to original condition and not chop it up and turn it into a hot rod. What would you do? Steve Page, Parkes, NSW Start by writing to classic Ford car clubs and letting them know you want to sell it, take it to classic Ford gatherings with a For Sale sign on it, and advertise it in a classic car magazine like Just Cars. Q LIKE Peter Shanahan has reported with his Toyota HiLux the automatic transmission warning light on my 2009 SR5 also comes on when I drive on the beach. When it does I stop the engine and give it 30 min to cool down and then all is good. I mentioned this to the service centre and they said that there was no info regarding a problem with the on board computer. I find it hard to believe that a warning light could come on and not be recorded in the cars computer, as they said that is what happens. Adam Fredericks email We received the following feedback from Toyota telling us that a technical field manager inspected Peter Shanahan s HiLux and the issue was discussed with the owner. The manager s findings were that the vehicle was fitted with a bull bar, driving lights, canopy, and roof racks, all of which add additional weight and can restrict the cooling dependent on driving conditions, terrain, speed, ambient temperature, wind, caravan type etc. The ATM temperature light illumination as per the owners manual recommends to slow down/ pull over to allow the transmission to cool. This is considered within design intent. Toyota s conclusion was that the vehicle was operating normally, which should be a warning to other HiLux owners that they should be aware of the possible effect accessories could have on the performance and cooling of their cars, particularly when under the additional load of towing. As for yours, I could imagine the auto would be under a heavy load when ploughing through sand and could well need a breather. Its probably worth fitting a transmission oil cooler. Q AFTER reading about another Mitsubishi Triton owner having his GPS updated, I contacted my dealer as it appeared I was in a similar situation with my new Triton GLX-R. Like the other owner my car appears to have been delivered with out-dated maps, but instead of updating the maps for free I have been told I can have them updated for $327.80. Can you tell me how the other guy got the map upgrade from Mitsubishi without spending the amount of money I have been quoted? Ray Early email Cars are equipped with the latest maps available at the time they re built, but that can be months, or more, before they are delivered to the owner. In that time delay the maps can be upgraded, which means they re out-dated before the car is handed over to the owner. That s frustrating, and while the carmakers say there is nothing they can do, perhaps they should think about installing locally the latest maps available during the pre-delivery process. That way they would be up to date when the car is delivered. That, however, doesn t overcome the problem of excessive prices being charged for any subsequent updates. Again, carmakers should look at their pricing and bring them into line with those being charged in the aftermarket. Talk to your dealer again and ask for him to request a free update from Mitsubishi. Q IN the last few months there is a very irritating squeak coming from the fan belt of my 2004 Hyundai Accent. My mechanic douses the belt with silicon spray and the sound goes away only to be back again the next day. He advised me to use silicon spray. What else can I do? Surush email Try scuffing the surface of the pulleys with a fine grit wet-and-dry paper and then fitting a new belt. If that fails to quell the noise, fit a new alternator pulley. Also make sure the belt is tensioned correctly. WHEEL DEALS used cars SUPERB: A used 2004 Nissan Maxima ST-L, available at Motors Glenorchy. Tilford A GREAT value 2006 Ford Ranger single cab 4x4 flat tray has done only 24,000km and is in near new condition. With a solid steel drop side tray and Sunraysia wheels it is ready for work or play. Value at $24,888. Co-Op HERE 253 new and used vehicles that must be cleared. Each has been reduced to help achieve targets for July. There is a limited range of demos and seriously unbeatable trade-in prices. DJ Quality Used Cars WHEEL Deal of the week at DJs is a scoop purchase of Tiida sedans and hatches. These automatics come in a choice of colours and feature dual airbags, ABS brakes, cruise control and the remainder of a three year/100,000km warranty. Each has travelled less than 35,000km and is priced to sell at $15,990 drive away. Motors MOTORS Glenorchy has a wide range of stock that has been heavily reduced. One example is a superb 2004 Nissan Maxima ST-L. This vehicle has a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine coupled to a four- speed automatic transmission. With alloy wheels and stunning gold duco this vehicle is sure to impress. It has been reduced from $17,995 to $14,995. Wayne's Car Sales WAYNE'S deal of the week is a 2001 Subaru Forester AWD wagon. This 2.0-litre five-speed has power steering and air conditioning and is priced at $14,990. 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 • Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 • Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 98 Toyota Paseo Coupe -- very tidy .......................... $5,990 99 Corolla CSi Sedan -- 1.6 manual ............................ $6,990 00 Hyundai Accent -- auto, 62,000 km ....................... $6,990 05 Toyota Avalon -- 3.0 litre, auto .................................. $6,990 99 Toyota Corolla CSi Seca -- 79,000 km ............. $7,990 06 Holden Barina -- 5 speed............................................ $8,490 01 Nissan Pulsar LX -- 73,000 km............................... $8,990 07 Kia Rio EX Hatch -- 1.6 manual............................. $8,990 98 Subaru Forester -- GX wagon................................... $8,990 04 Ford Futura -- alloy wheels ........................................... $9,990 08 Holden Barina -- 36,000 km, alloys ......................... $9,990 04 Ford Courier -- steel tray.............................................. $9,990 04 Hyundai Elantra GLS -- auto, leather trim..... $10,990 04 Nissan Pulsar -- 58,000 km .....................................$ 10,990 05 Suzuki Liana -- alloy wheels ...................................... $10,990 00 Ford Courier XL -- dual cab, 2.5 turbo, 4x4 .... $13,990 Good cars at cheap prices! SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 01 Holden Statesman 5.7 litre ....................$12,990
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