Gauge fuels worry
THE dash screen in my 5.0-litre V8 Ford Fairlane AUII shows its average fuel consumption is 18L/100 km, which doesn’t seem right, as I’m 59 and a slow driver. Do you think just a tune-up is required, that the screen is getting the fuel use wrong or could it be something more sinister?
The consumption does seem to be higher than it should be. Ford’s claim when the AUII was launched was 9.0L/100 km on the highway, 14.5 around town with an average of 11. The fuel consumption shown on the trip computer is usually accurate, as it actually measures the fuel being injected into the engine. It’s probably time it had a tune so I would suggest you do that.
I amanother one who hates the rear view mirrors that distort the view and cannot understand why makers foist them upon us.
If we were to do away with these mirrors and replace them with the normal type would we be modifying our vehicle and incur the wrath of the insurance companies for doing it?
I don’t believe you would be at risk of offending the insurance companies, but if concerned you should contact your insurance company.
The navigation maps that came with my 2010 Holden VE Series II Calais V wagon appeared to be out-of-date on delivery and I complained to both the dealer and to Holden through the customer satisfaction survey. I asked the dealer how much it would cost to upgrade the maps as I was told that a new release of the maps had recently occurred. I was given a written quote for $500, which seemed very costly so I didn’t proceed with the update. Are there any cheaper options in updating the Holden
navigation maps or do I need to buy a cheaper portable satellite navigation system?
I believe you’re locked into getting the dealer to do the update when you buy a factoryfitted system and I’mnot aware of a way around that problem. Your experience is well worth noting for others who might be taking delivery of a new car.
It’s a good idea to check the maps that come with the car— they are often well out of date — and request they be updated before you drive away in your new purchase.
When the car is at the dealer’s you have some negotiating power. Once you drive away it is much harder.
Not so intuitive
My 2005 Kia Optima 2.7-litre V6 sedan has done 34,000km and hasn’t missed a beat since I bought it but there is a problem with the auto transmission flaring. I amnot a leadfoot but accelerating normally causes the engine to race, until eventually the transmission catches up. Contacted about this, Kia said it was normal because it was an ‘‘intuitive’’ transmission. I also had it driven by an independent transmission specialist, who drove it so aggressively that it smothered the problem. A new Magna that I had with the same problem was fixed with a change of trans oil. Would this help or is there a computer fix?
David Thurston, email
The transmission is designed to adapt its shifting pattern to your driving style, which I assume is slow and
Thirsty Fairlane: Average consumption for this Fairlane should be 11L/100km
Outdated: VE navmaps