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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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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
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.