Ain’t broke, won’t fix it
I RECENTLY bought a 2007 Lexus IS250 and find that the speedometer display is inaccurate. It shows the speed at 100km/h when the actual speed is only 93km/h. The dealer says that this is within the accepted range and so is under no obligation to fix it. Is this right? My other issue is with the side mirrors, which make vehicles appear to be much further back than they really are, and can be unsafe when changing lanes. Why are these mirrors used nowadays?
Leigh Howell YOUR complaints are common and they relate not only to Lexus. The dealer is correct, the speedo is within the legal limits, so he isn’t obliged to correct it. The mirrors are used to give you the widest possible view of what’s around you. They do that well, but they also distort the distance to cars following you and you must be careful when changing lanes. You can have the mirrors replaced by flat ones at a glass shop.
WE own a 2002 Mazda SP23, which is a great car except for the space-saver spare wheel. In three-years we have had three punctures and a buckled wheel, while on a holiday when the tyre stores were closed. How were carmakers allowed to equip their cars with these useless, makeshift spares?
G. Wallace YOU’VE sure copped a bad run. Perhaps you should buy a full-sized wheel and tyre to use when travelling.
I BOUGHT a Nissan Dualis Ti Series 2 model last year and after the six-month service I noticed a noise for about 30 seconds after a cold start, but neither the dealer nor Nissan has been able to diagnose the problem. Also, the Ti model comes with 18-inch factory fitted wheels, but the spare is a 16-inch wheel with a yellow sticker showing a speed limit sign of 80km/h — the specs say it comes with a full spare.
MaheshKrishnadas FIRST make sure the oil used in the service was the Nissan-recommended oil. Even if it was, have the oil changed again. The spare wheel is fullsized, being a normal 16-inch wheel, but because it isn’t the same size as the 18-inch road wheels, it is speed limited.
WE have noticed that when in 50 to 60 km/h speed zones, or driving at low speeds the automatic transmission in our Hyundai seems to go into fourth gear too early causing the motor to labour. is this a common problem? Elsie and Colin Bernard, email
ALL cars drop into higher gears as soon as they can to save fuel. I would expect a car to run comfortably in fourth at 50 to 60km/h.
I HAVE acquired a 1995 Ford
Wide view: Objects in the Lexus’s mirror are closer than they appear