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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 18th 2010
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 18, 2010 E10 poses consumption questions ASK SMITHY Graham Smith BENT: Ford BA Fairmont Ghia springs can become bowed and rub on the struts. ETHANOL: One reader's Mitsubishi Magna had a huge jump in fuel consumption with E10 fuel. Q I READ Ian West s inquiry about using E10 in his 1998 Toyota Camry. I would be very wary after my experience with a low-mileage 2002 Toyota Avalon. Perhaps it was simply coincidence, but when I tried E10 there was a slight improvement in performance but it used more of it. After 2000km the motor suddenly became hard to start, particularly in cold, wet conditions. The dealer said a rubber part in the tank had failed and replaced it. I switched back to ULP and the starting reverted to normal, but when I again tried [E10]some months later the starting problems returned. I vowed never to use E10 again and used 95 for the rest of the time I owned the vehicle. My present car -- a Honda Civic -- has a sticker on the fuel- filler cap giving the nod to E10, but I ll stick with 95 or 98, both of which certainly improve the performance of a vehicle that goes quite well, anyway. Noel Carter, email Your experience of increased performance and increased fuel consumption on E10 is in line with what we ve been told would happen. But the failure of a rubber component in the fuel tank is cause for concern. So too is the starting difficulty you experienced. Both of your cars are claimed to be E10 compatible, but like you I m not convinced that E10 won t cause some issues in some cars. Q IN response to the recent letter from AM regarding the high level of bounciness and swaying he experienced in his Hyundai SLX i30, I noticed my new i30 SX seemed to feel every bump on an uneven road. Having said that, I was given a ride in a friend s new Honda Jazz and that seemed to be much the same. I can only assume that most smaller cars in this sporty category are built with firmer springing and suspension which, while not giving the cushioned ride of the larger cars, do drive well on the highways and corner beautifully without any noticeable sway. Have done several trips to Sydney from Laurieton in the past six months and am quite happy with the car s performance. David Nichols, email We have had a number of other readers contact us about their experiences with the i30 and they have all been positive, with none complaining of the ride. Hyundai has also contacted us and is keen to talk to AM to sort out his issues with his car. Q I OWN a 2003 TJ Mitsubishi Magna that has averaged about 12-12.5L/100km around town using regular unleaded. But when I have used E10, the fuel consumption has blown out to 17.5-18L/100km and it ran a little rougher at idle. When I reverted to regular unleaded, the engine ran smoother again and the fuel consumption returned to what it was before. Based on those fuel figures, my car uses about 40 per cent more fuel on E10, not the one to three per cent more you write in your recent story. I can t help but wonder if the government is giving us a bum steer. David Mackenzie, email The biofuels people told us fuel consumption would increase by up to three per cent on E10, but your experience certainly makes us question that. Perhaps other readers can let us know what they ve experienced when they ve used E10. Q I WOULD like to convert my 2008 Toyota HiLux Workmate to gas. According to some mechanics it is no problem, but some cars dealers say it can harm the engine. Is that correct? Achmad Subardja, email The Workmate can be successfully converted but stick with a well-known brand of system, such as an EMER vapour-injection one, and use an experienced installer to do the job. Q RECENTLY my 2003 VY Holden VY S Pack ute has been leaking from the radiator after the engine has been running hot, but there is no leak once the engine cools down. I bought the ute second-hand about six months ago from a dealer of another brand, and I am worried about the cost of repairing the problem. I don t know if there s anything else that might have to be repaired. CanItradeitin?DoIneedtogo back to the dealer for service? Thana Suksai, email It sounds like the engine is overheating, and you should have it checked to determine the cause. If it is overheating, be careful about driving it as you could do even more damage. It isn t necessary to take it back to the place you bought it, unless you have some form of warranty and want them to cover the cost of the repair. You could trade it in if that s what you want, but dealers might be reluctant to accept the vehicle if it has a problem. The best course of action would be to find out what s causing the problem and have it repaired. Q SOME newer models of automatic cars have the ability to hold the car on a hill without using the brake. Isitagoodideatodothisorisit better to use the footbrake when stopped on a hill? Eddie Ellis, email Most automatics will hold the car on a hill, but it is better to use the brakes. Q WHEN I picked up my 2005 BA Fairmont Ghia after its 105,000km service, my mechanic told me my front springs were bowed and rubbing on the struts. The local Ford dealer told my mechanic it was a common problem. But when I rang them -- while they said they had seen it -- they said it wasn t common. I suggested they supply new springs, but was told it s not going to happen . Am I asking too much, and is this a problem that you have heard of? Greg Pearce, Traralgon, VIC If you talk to suspension specialists, such as Pedders, they will tell you it s a common problem. The springs Ford used are quite long and are compressed into a small space, so they can distort and foul the strut as yours have done. 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