PATROL AIMING HIRE
QAREADER wrote ( September 12) regarding his experience with a Nissan Patrol in the Kimberley. I had a similar problem. We hired two 2008 model Patrols, one with 2000km on it, the other with 7000km. On day one, after about 100km on dirt roads, all four bumper-bar tail lights on one Patrol had fallen out. Each cluster had been held by only two selftapping screws. We fixed this ourselves and made it part of our daily routine to check these lights. The rear shock absorbers in the second vehicle failed completely, causing it to bounce uncontrollably. We had them replaced and the hirer reimbursed us. At the time we were told there was to be ‘‘a high-level meeting’’ between the hire company and Nissan. It would be fascinating to know if this took place and, if so, what was the outcome. John Vardill
email SOUNDS as though Nissan needs to do some work. The Patrol has a reputation for being tough and able to stand up to the rigours of the bush. Maybe it’s gone soft.
QINTHE past few weeks my 2000 Mazda 121 Metro Shades has started to run rough when at idle and when slowing in traffic. My mechanic says it is a problem with the enginemanagement system. In the past few days I have noticed the exhaust pipe is becoming very sooty and particles of soot are appearing on the boot door, probably from the exhaust. I have been told the management system controls the mixture ratio, but could this cause the rough running? H.G. email SOUNDS as if the engine is running too rich, which could be caused by a faulty oxygen sensor in
AITthe exhaust. It’s there to monitor the air-fuel mixture and send signals back to the engine-management computer. If it’s faulty it could be sending the wrong message.
QWHATmight I reasonably expect for my 2003 Fairmont sedan? It has done 24,300km and is in very good condition with leather trim and tinted windows. It has been rustproofed and the paint has a protective coat. Joyce Welsh
email is the sort of car private buyers seek and are often prepared to pay a little extra for, but don’t expect to get any more from a dealer than you would for a highermileage car in lesser condition. If you advertise it privately, try for $17,500 — a dealer would probably offer you $12,000 as a trade-in.
QIHAVE just bought a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe V6 auto with 120,000km on the clock. It is in good condition, has had regular servicing and has done 120,000km. I plan to tour in it. Is there anything that could cause me trouble?
Don Scott, Camperdown SEEMS you’ve bought a wellmaintained car in good condition — a great start. It’s impossible to say nothing will go wrong with it, but the Santa Fe is a generally reliable and robust car so the chances are minimal. I strongly recommend you have it serviced.
QWHYdo radio aerials fitted in car window glass begin to fail after five or six years? I own a 2002 Volvo S60 and have previously owned two Subaru Foresters. All have in-glass aerials and all the radio AM bands have developed severe interference after about that time. The FM band appears unaffected. Tom Armstrong
AWINDOWaerials aren’t as effective as the old type and it seems the reception is always worse on the AM band. I’m not aware of any solution to the problem.
Problems: the Nissan Patrol struggled in the Kimberley.