HOLDEN AN ACE
1982 WB Holden ute has a 253 V8, a four-speed manual ’box and moulded side mirrors. The ID plate says WB coupe utility and I know there were only 60,000 WBs made. Is this a special model? Jim Kowski
email AI DON’T believe it was a special model, but it has some options that weren’t often called up. The small V8 for one, the manual box for another. The moulded rear-view mirrors were standard on Kingswood utes so you’ve probably got yourself one of those. Not a special model as such, but a little rare because not many were sold.
BETTER BY MILES
READER asked about fuel consumption measured in miles per gallon. You can easily convert litres/100km to miles per gallon by dividing the number of litres per 100km into 284. For example, 14l per 100km is approx 20mp/g. Bruce Crowley
Bruce, for the handy conversion guide.
HEAVY ON FUEL
SIX-MONTH-OLD Mazda Tribute V6 is very heavy on fuel at 15l/100 km, so I amthinking about converting it to LPG. Is there a kit for this vehicle? Eddy de Graauw
owners are unhappy with the fuel economy of their Tributes. LPG kits are available and cost about $4500. With the government rebate you would recover the outlay in two years driving 15,000km a year.
QI HAVE just placed an order and paid a deposit on my favourite small car, a Ford Fiesta LX five-door manual with ABS and EBD. The dealer told me almost nobody bothers to choose the $718 option of ABS and EBD on the LX, so Ford stopped importing them with those options. ABS is a potential lifesaver so I really had to opt for it, hence my special order. The dealer told me that I might wait up to six months for the car. This seems an awfully long time to wait for a car. Pauline Hunter
months isn’t a long wait for a special order car such as yours and I would agree with you ABS and EBD are worth the wait.
QI AMinterested in buying a car that is really cheap to run. Are the hybrid vehicles the only choice in Australia at the moment? C. Wright
are many four-cylinder diesels that are relatively cheap to run. Have a look at the VW Golf or Jetta or the Ford Mondeo.
WHEN THE RUST SETTLES
weeks ago I bought a 2004 BA XT Ford Falcon. It was in immaculate condition, with all log books, had never crashed and had 130,000km on the clock. But I have discovered it has rust in a number of areas. After reading the owner’s manual and warranty booklet to see there is a five-year rust perforation cover, I took the vehicle to a Ford dealer and was advised to take it to their approved crash repairer. They would photograph the rusty areas and send a report and quote to Ford. The crash repairer told me the rust is common and he had repaired many in an even worse condition than mine under that warranty. My claim was rejected by Ford, stating my vehicle has corrosion bleed, not perforation rust, which is not covered under the warranty. The crash repairer couldn’t believe it and told me the rust was coming from underneath the paint in some areas and in others the seams were not sealed correctly at the factory. He suggested I put pressure on Ford to reconsider. They are holding fast to their decision and I am unsure what to do. Emmanuel Nikoloudakis
up the pressure on Ford. The perforation warranty may well expire by the time the rust eats through the sheet-metal so it needs to be addressed now. If you can’t get a satisfactory response from the company, seek legal action.
Heavy, heavy fuel: the Mazda Tribute can be converted to LPG.