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Herald Sun - Motoring - - Special Report - with Gra­ham Smith

AU­DI­BLE AU­RION

QMY

2007 Toy­ota Au­rion has an en­gine noise when cold that does not com­pletely dis­ap­pear, even when the en­gine is up to nor­mal op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­ture. The noise is def­i­nitely pis­ton slap. Toy­ota and the dealers have in­di­cated this is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of this mo­tor be­cause of the pis­ton de­sign. The noise has been heard in other ve­hi­cles. I find this hard to ac­cept from a ve­hi­cle so tech­ni­cally ad­vanced. Have you heard sim­i­lar com­plaints about this en­gine? Ray Opitz

email AYOURS

is the first to come to my at­ten­tion, but we’ll float the is­sue with our read­ers and ask for their feed­back. I agree with you that pis­ton slap, if that’s what it is, is un­ac­cept­able and should be ad­dressed by Toy­ota.

CLUTCH­ING AT STRAWS

QTHE

clutch had to be re­placed in my 2007 Toy­ota HiLux SR5 tur­bod­iesel 4x4 af­ter 10,000km. I was told by the dealer I was re­spon­si­ble be­cause I’d been rid­ing the clutch. In 20 years I’ve never had a clutch re­placed in any other car, and I don’t be­lieve I caused the prob­lem. Is there a prob­lem with the cur­rent model? I know of two other guys who had HiLux clutches changed at 60,000km.

Eric email ATOYOTAS

have a bit of a his­tory of clutch-wear is­sues when geared for high­way work, as is the lat­est HiLux. But usu­ally the prob­lem sur­faces only if you’re do­ing a lot of low-speed driv­ing or tow­ing. This could be an ex­pla­na­tion in your case, but we’ll wait for other HiLux own­ers to con­tact us and see what they have to say.

CAN WRX BE CON­VERTED?

QIS

IT pos­si­ble to covert a per­for­mance ve­hi­cle such as my 2005 Subaru Im­preza WRX to LPG? Brad email ATHE

short an­swer is yes, but it might not be all that easy. There is no tech­ni­cal rea­son why it can’t be done suc­cess­fully, but you need to find an ap­proved kit with emis­sion com­pli­ance and an in­staller ex­pe­ri­enced in do­ing the con­ver­sion. I would talk to WRX spe­cial­ists and get their opin­ion.

HARD STARTER

QTHREE

times in the 19 months since I bought my Mit­subishi 380 I have ex­pe­ri­enced start­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Mit­subishi says it is looking into it but does not know how to fix the prob­lem. This seems to be Mit­subishi’s an­swer to any prob­lem. Has any­one else had this start­ing prob­lem and man­aged to fix it? Arnold Beswick

McCrae AWE

CON­TACTED Mit­subishi on your be­half and it con­firmed it is aware of your prob­lem and ac­knowl­edges it has your let­ter. We were also told it has been in touch with you about the is­sue and has re­it­er­ated that if you have is­sues with your ve­hi­cle you are cov­ered by road­side as­sist.

NOT A FLASH RE­SPONSE

QWHEN

I con­tacted my lo­cal Holden dealer and asked if I could book my Cap­tiva in for the re­flash re­call you men­tioned a few weeks ago, I did not get such a pos­i­tive re­sponse or out­come. I was told there was no such re­call, but the dealer agreed to look at the car for me. When I picked it up I was told my car had been con­nected to the com­puter and it was fine. I have a man­ual diesel 2007 SX Cap­tiva that has done 20,000km and I get about 450km from a tank of fuel. Rowena

ACT AWE

WERE told by a reader that his Holden dealer had fixed the high fuel con­sump­tion of his Cap­tiva by re­flash­ing the mem­ory. He told us the dealer had said it was a Holden re­call, but it seems that isn’t the case. He may have been mis­in­formed, or mis­un­der­stood what he was told. In any case, Holden tells us it has not had a re­call on the Cap­tiva to im­prove its fuel econ­omy. What it did tell us was: ‘‘All pub­lished fuel-con­sump­tion fig­ures are cal­cu­lated us­ing a con­trolled gov­ern­ment test­ing pro­ce­dure . . . ADR 81/01, which is a com­bi­na­tion of high­way and ur­ban driv­ing con­di­tions and is used as a com­par­i­son mea­sure. As such the real-world fuel econ­omy of any ve­hi­cle will vary ac­cord­ing to ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences such as driv­ing styles and/or con­di­tions.’’

What the? Toy­ota blames pis­ton de­sign for the Au­rion’s en­gine noise.

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