Split­ting lanes

Read­ers have their say about ev­ery­thing on wheels

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MONZA IS BONZER

IS ANY­ONE an Opel/Vaux­hall Monza owner? I’d like to know how many there are in Aus­tralia or if there are any Monza clubs.

I own a 1982 LHD Opel Monza 3.0-litre with an A9X bon­net scoop that I brought over from Ger­many and I must wait un­til 2012 be­fore it can be driven on Queens­land roads be­cause all left-hand-drive cars in Queens­land must be 30 years and over. If any­one is in­ter­ested, send de­tails to swest182@hot­mail.com

Shane West There ap­pear to be no Monza clubs, but you could be in­cluded in one of the many Holden clubs. Go to holden. org. au and click on the clubs tab.

SELF-SERVE SER­VICE

MY 2006 Nis­san Pathfinder tur­bod­iesel STL Auto has done only 80,000km and it has been through three sets of tyres and four sets of brakes, and the costs keep mount­ing. Last week I rang my dealer to book it in for the 80,000km ser­vice and was as­tounded when quoted $1500. They said if I don’t do the ser­vice there I will jeop­ar­dise my war­ranty, and there are things that have to be fixed on it. Is this a fair price? I think it is un­rea­son­able. I will never buy an­other Nis­san, par­tic­u­larly when Toy­ota of­fers fixed­price ser­vic­ing.

Michael Ajaka, email For starters, you don’t have to have it ser­viced by a dealer. Your war­ranty won’t be af­fected if you have it ser­viced some­where else, pro­vided it is done by the book. You could phone around and get quotes from other ser­vice out­lets and other Nis­san deal­ers. You could also ask your dealer to ex­plain what things need to be fixed. Never be afraid to ques­tion your dealer and have them jus­tify their charges. Oh, and three sets of tyres and four sets of brakes in 80,000km is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

LEFT FLAT-FOOTED

AF­TER I had a punc­tured tyre on my BMW 125i the dealer told me to

go to a Bridge­stone dealer to have it re­paired, be­cause they were the only ones who could do it. But they told me it couldn’t be re­paired. When I asked about fit­ting con­ven­tional tyres they told me it wasn’t pos­si­ble. That can’t be right?

Bill Robin­son, email Some run-flat tyres are marked that they can’t be re­paired, but that’s not nec­es­sar­ily cor­rect, we’ve been told. Run-flats can be re­paired, pro­vided the side­wall hasn’t been dam­aged by be­ing driven too far af­ter the tyre de­flated. There are tyre deal­ers other than Bridge­stone deal­ers who have the equip­ment to re­move run-flats from the rims and re­pair the tyres. Bridge­stone has an equiv­a­lent con­ven­tional tyre to your run-flat and these can be fit­ted to your car.

Cash and carry: the cost of ser­vic­ing a Pathfinder sur­prises a reader.

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