THE previous owners of our 2006 Mini Cooper used regular unleaded while the Mini manual recommends 95-octane. As a test I drove 120km in the country with regular unleaded still in tank and averaged 6.2L/100km, then with the tank almost empty I filled up with 98-octane unleaded for the identical return trip, on which it did 6.1L/100km. Is it safe to keep using normal unleaded petrol rather than the higher-octane blend? Is the 94-octane 10 per cent ethanol blend a better choice because of its higher octane rating than standard unleaded?
MINI says the Mini Cooper is suitable to run on E10, which is cheaper than regular unleaded and has a higher octane rating. That’s the way I would go.
I RECENTLY got in touch with the RACV regarding putting my 2008 Holden Caprice on gas and was told that because I do between 12-14,000km a year it would take too long to recoup the outlay. But I read in Carsguide that it would be OK. Mine is a sixcylinder Caprice and I would have a liquid-injection system fitted.
BYMYreckoning it would take you about three years to recoup the cost. That’s based on an installation cost of $4500 before the government grant of $1500, and regular unleaded petrol costing $1.40 and LPG 60 cents a litre.
MY 2006 Ford Territory has had the front suspension ball joints replaced. Are you able to advise on whether Mini Cooper: No problem with using E10 fuel the problem with the ball joints can be fixed by the simple addition of a grease nipple? Has Ford produced a retrofit modification? Has the warranty on these ball joints been extended? Has the problem been overcome on later models? Will the launch of the new Territory see the end of the problem?
IT IS possible that the problem could be fixed with regular greasing, although no one, to my knowledge, has tested it. There is no retro fix; Ford’s fix was to replace the
ball joints with new ones. And there is no change to the warranty. The problem was addressed with the update in 2009— and this seems to have done the trick as we haven’t received any more reports since the revised front suspension was introduced. From what we can see, the problem has now been fixed by Ford.
WHEN I picked up my new car last month I thought everything was fantastic until my husband gave it a close inspection. The car, all shiny and white, was covered in rust-coloured specks that wouldn’t wash off. I returned it to the dealer expecting the marks to be removed, but they weren’t. My lovely white Outlander is now covered in scratches and the black trims around the doors and the black roof bars are also scratched. When we phoned the dealer to complain they asked us to return the car for another attempt to polish out the scratches and rub marks. There is some improvement, but the car still doesn’t look like a new car with less than 1000km