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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.