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A COSTLY LOSS
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.
ADJUST THE TOE
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.