Split­ting lanes

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MY HUS­BAND has lost the re­mote key fob for our Honda Civic.

Though we have the key we can­not de­ac­ti­vate the im­mo­biliser be­cause the pad is missing.

Can you please ad­vise where we can get a new pad be­cause Honda has quoted $220 plus $90 to ac­ti­vate plus $70 to tow the car.

Mary Ge­or­giou, email Sorry, but the lat­est com­put­ertagged keys are done by the com­pa­nies. They of­ten have to come from over­seas and that bumps the price. You should not have to pay for ac­ti­va­tion, but we don’t know an­other source. Per­haps there is a reader with a cheaper so­lu­tion.


I READ about a Hyundai Santa Fe owner with a car pulling to the left. We’ve had a cus­tomer in with the same con­cern on an R-se­ries Santa Fe, and re­peated checks with our wheel aligner and spe­cial­ist tyre com­pany failed to find any ab­nor­mal­i­ties. It was all within spec­i­fi­ca­tions as re­quired. Af­ter a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and tests we found the rear toe re­quires ad­just­ment — specif­i­cally the left­hand rear wheel. In our case a correction has the ve­hi­cle driv­ing well. Hope this helps and we have ad­vised Hyundai of the out­come as you know these things aren’t al­ways so easy.

Grant Bur­rows, email Great news and some­thing we can pass on to cars­Guide read­ers.


I AM look­ing at buy­ing a car around the $15,000-$20,000 and I was look­ing at the Honda In­te­gra 2003/ 2005 or the Mercedes C180 Kom­pres­sor 2004 model.

Can you please ad­vise me which one do you think I should be look­ing at. I’ve been look­ing at pri­vate sales and need ad­vice.

San­dra, email Your short­list cars are very dif­fer­ent: the In­te­gra is more sporty and the Benz is more lux­u­ri­ous. Our choice is the Benz be­cause it has bet­ter ba­sic en­gi­neer­ing and is more flex­i­ble and likely to be safer.

Turn-off: the owner of a Honda Civic is alarmed at the cost of re­plac­ing a key fob that has been lost.

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