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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 15th 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---17 Sloshing sound has him baffled firstname.lastname@example.org with GRAHAM SMITH FADE: A cut and polish is the only solution to the paint on a 2003 Honda Jazz is turning white. Q I can hear a sloshing sound in the petrol tank of my 2002 AU III Falcon when I manoeuvre the car. It suggests that there are no baffle plates in the petrol tank. Is it compulsory for car manufacturers to fit baffles to stop the uneven movement of petrol? On one occasion on a damp road I travelled through a roundabout at a safe speed when the rear of the car suddenly did two 180-degree spins. Mal Saunders email Its most unusual to be able to hear petrol sloshing around in the tank; most tanks have baffles to stop it, and yours should have. I would doubt very much, however, that sloshing petrol caused your spins. The most likely cause is a greasy road, low tyre tread, too much speed or too much throttle. Q I was surprised when my dealer recently informed me that the radiator on my 2005 Camry was showing signs of a possible future leak from the lower tank; evident by some staining similar to a water stain. The quote for the replacement was $530 including labour and coolant, which astounded me. As I bought it new, and it has been serviced by the same dealer, and has only done 36,000km. I asked the dealer to approach Toyota with the request to cover the cost. But Toyota will only cover half the cost of the radiator and coolant, thus the labour of $340 will have to be absorbed by me. Is this a common fault in this model, and do you think that Toyota should have covered the total cost? L Vella Westmeadows, Vic Radiators fail from time to time on all makes and models. The Camry doesn t stand out as being a problem car in that respect. Toyota has come to the party with an offer to cover the cost of the radiator and fluid, that s a really good deal and I would suggest you accept it. Q I have recently fallen victim to engine failure in my Nissan Patrol 3.0-litre turbo diesel, which although it is a 2001 model it has only travelled 126,342km. I have owned it since new, it has a full service record including all major services and oil and filter changes every 5000km, and it has been immaculately maintained and carefully driven. Nissan rejected my initial warranty claim, but they advised me that while the problem wasn t covered under warranty to have the dealer lodge a goodwill claim. But this too was denied on the basis of the age of the vehicle. We all know what a disaster these engines have been, so I then sent Nissan another letter. Alth- ough I have not yet had a response, I am taking the liberty of forwarding you a copy of my two approaches to Nissan Australia in the hope that, should this latter approach not be successful, you might be able to guide me in taking this matter further if you feel that to be appropriate. Brian E Semmler Dubbo, NSW Given the history of your car I would hope that Nissan would come to the party with assistance in rebuilding your engine. If there is no offer forthcoming the only course left open to you is legal action and I would consult the fair trading people in your area. Q About three years ago I noticed the paint on the roof and top of the guards and doors of my wife s 2003 Honda Jazz was turning white. Two years ago my local Honda dealer told me that as the car was out of warranty there was nothing I could do. Isn t it reasonable to expect that I would not have to respray it at a cost of over $4000? The car has always been garaged and polished twice a year. The front bar and bonnet were resprayed after it was damaged when it was a year old and that paint looks like new. Ron Xuereb email An experienced painter suggests you have it cut and polished, which should restore the colour, and then polish every six to eight weeks with a good polish lie Meguiars Wet Look to main- tain it. He also suggests that the reason the bumper and bonnet look better than the original factory paint is that the repairer simply did a better job than the factory did originally. Q My AU III six-cylinder manual Falcon ute is in excellent con- dition and I want to keep it, but sometimes I need to tow a trailer weighing around 1500kg and it is only rated to tow 1200kg. Is this a problem given that it would only be done three to four times a year? If so, what can I do to rectify the situation? Steve email Ford offered an option on the AU ute that would increase its towing capacity to 1600kg; there were other dealer-fit options that would increase it to 2300kg, so check with your local dealer to see if they could retrofit either option. Otherwise see a towing special- ist, such as a Hayman-Reese dealer for tow packs they could fit. Q Recently the brake pedal was going down to the floor on my 2007 Ford Fairmont Ghia, which has done 26,540km. I took the car back to my Ford dealer to be checked over. When it was finished the dealer had replaced the linkage under the dash, bled the brakes, took car for a test, came back and bled the brakes again, and then road tested it again. A few days later I received a phone call from the dealer asking if I was satisfied with the job that they done. I was and told them so; nothing was a problem and I give the dealer the thumbs up for the way everything was handled Colin Rostron email That s the way every problem should be handled, unfortunately not everyone gets the same service. Q Twice now, in tight parking situations the power steering has failed on my 2008 Mazda Neo. A warning light comes on and the steer- ing goes back to the old dark ages of swinging on the steering wheel. The last time we were in a very tight high- rise car park and had to wait for about half an hour for it to cool down. Have you heard of any other reported problems of this nature? Rob Forsyth Emerald, Vic We haven t had any other similar reports here at Cars Guide, but there is clearly a problem with your car and I would urge you to take it back to your dealer to get sorted out. HUGE RANGE OF CARS O N S T - NS O All prices include GST. Vehicles for illustration purposes only. Ask for full warranty conditions. Price does not include 3% State Government Stamp Duty and $23.90 transfer of registration applies. No fee is charged for delivery. HOBART nr Bat r t Harrington St 6237 1199 07 Hyundai Accent GL 06 XT Falcon BF 11 Sedan 07 Commodore VE Omega + 06 Ford Falcon XT Wagon 07 Hyundai SX Elantra 03 Toyota Camry Altise 07 Hyundai Sonata 03 Honda Civic Vi Hatch • an a c 4 e an • u • Dual a bag • P we S ee ng • Bag , CD • M mm b/ la m • Balance of Factory warranty to late 2012 or up to 130,000 km • u • BS • C u e C l • bag • n e w n • e e ng en • /ba + ba • u ma c • ll elec c • c n n ng • 180kW 3.5l V6 • BS/EBD • P we e e ' ea • C u e c n l • S ab l y & ac n c n l • u • BS • C u e • ll elec c • Imm b/ala m • /c n • Many ex a • u • ll elec c • c n n ng • 105kW 2.0l eng ne • BS/EBD • MP3/CD • S ee en e l ck • L ng wa an y • 2.4L • u • /c n •CD • ll elec c • Imm b/ala m • Wa an y • 2.4l eng ne • u / n c • 4 a bag • c n . • C u e • my n e • BS • ll elec c • Lea he ee ng wheel • em e c/l ck ng • 1.7L • 5 ee manual • /c n • Pw w n • Imm b •CD • ll y • B le From $12,490 Just $13,500 From only $18,790 One only just $17,290 From only $14,890 Just $11,500 From only $14,990 Just $12,990 2010489-100515
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