Split­ting lanes

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MY WIFE’S 2004 Nis­san X-Trail has done just over 50,000km, but when it went in for ser­vice we were ad­vised the clutch could be on the ‘‘way out’’. Much of its life is spent on short runs and I won­der if that has con­trib­uted to such a short clutch life? Are you aware of X-Trail’s hav­ing a ‘‘del­i­cate’’ clutch and is $1700 a rea­son­able re­place­ment cost?

Roger de Maid, Mt Martha Gra­ham Smith says: It’s very low kays to have a clutch prob­lem. Our ex­pert, Jerry New­man, rarely sees X-Trails with clutch is­sues. Those he has seen usu­ally have 100,000-150,000km on the clock. Get a sec­ond opin­ion. If the clutch is worn out and slip­ping or shud­der­ing, it might well need re­plac­ing now, but if it’s not do­ing any of that, keep driv­ing it un­til it is. It won’t cost any more to re­place it in an­other year or two. To re­place a clutch, in­clud­ing the dual-mass fly­wheel, with the gen­uine Nis­san parts would cost you more than $2000.


I HAVE se­ri­ous con­cerns about the dura­bil­ity of the auto gear­box in my 2005 Mazda BT-50. My friend has to re­build the gear­box in his 2003 model af­ter 105,000km. WHEN my daugh­ter com­pares the speedo in her new Subaru Im­preza to her GPS, which we know to be ac­cu­rate, the Subaru is read­ing 8km/h slower. She has checked it against high­way speed check­ers Mazda as­sure me that there is noth­ing wrong and they have had no com­plaints, but I es­ti­mate it would cost $4000-$5000 if I had to re­build it. Mine has now done 80,000km and is show­ing no signs of trou­ble, but should I be concerned?

Glenn Evans, email Gra­ham Smith says: I wouldn’t be overly concerned, but I would be tak­ing the pre­cau­tion of hav­ing the trans­mis­sion ser­viced, which would in­clude a fluid change, and con­sider hav­ing it done ev­ery 50,000km or so.


and got the same re­sult, so she has en­dured 900km of road rage with ev­ery­one beep­ing her or over­tak­ing her on blind cor­ners etc. Subaru told her it’s the govern­ment’s fault, that the ADRs (Aus­tralian De­sign Rules) are caus­ing her prob­lem and that it’s il­le­gal to fix it. Maybe she should have bought a car that com­plies with the same ADRs and is within one to two km/h of the real speed, like Ford or Holden. So much for Ja­panese pre­ci­sion.

Al­lan Cowin, email The ADR de­mands that speedos not read slower than the ac­tual speed, but they are al­lowed to read up to 10 per cent faster. Your daugh­ter’s car falls within that tol­er­ance, which makes it le­gal. She now knows how far out the speedo is, so she can ad­just the speed she drives at ac­cord­ingly.

Sec­ond opin­ion: an X-Trail gear­box is said to be on the ‘‘way out’’.

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