Bad signal for display
Last Tuesday we went to drive off in our four-month-old Ford Territory TS and I noticed that the display screen became blank, with nothing for the rear-view camera, heat settings, radio etc. The dealership was unable to find the source of the problem and I contacted Ford Australia to express my disappointment. The response is the car needs new software that won’t be available until the new year. I’m not happy considering the amount of the purchase. It’s not what we paid for.
Tricia Condon, email Ford says: ‘‘ Some customers have experienced intermittent software concerns with the new ICC on Territory. Other companies with similar systems have also had issues. We are working as quickly as possible with our supplier to develop a permanent fix and we believe this should be ready by February 2012. We realise this is not ideal for our customers but we will roll out the corrective action as soon as we possibly can.’’ BIGGER, NOT BETTER I see that the Kia Rio has just won your Car of the Year award. Is the Cerato, which is bigger, as good?
Robin Cook, email The Cerato is surprisingly good, although not in advance of the all-new Rio. It also scores on value and equipment. ONTHE WRITEROAD How did you get into car journalism? I consider myself an avid car freak. Being a teenager I amstill indecisive over what career I wish to pursue, but can see myself being very content as a car reviewer. Is it a hard profession to get into and what are the prospects of landing a job like?
Nick Matson, email How did you initially get into motor journalism? It sounds very interesting and was thinking of heading in that direction further down the track. I was also wondering . . . what subjects or courses should I take?
Nick Freeland, email You have to be committed and lucky to get into motoring journalism, but the best start is conventional journalistic training with specialisation later. So subjects that focus on writing skills and current affairs, perhaps with some engineering so you understand the technical side. Start by trying freelance contributions to specialist publications or websites to learn the basics. SAFEANDCOMFY My wife is in the market for a new car, and she is torn between the Hyundai i35 and i40 or the Kia Sportage. Which do you feel would be the better car for her, as she does mainly local driving and is looking for comfort and safety?
Grahamwynn, email The Sportage every time. It’s slightly better value and a noticeably nicer drive than the equivalent Hyundais. NITROGEN BOOST I recommend using nitrogen in tyres. The biggest advantage over air in a tyre is the tyre runs a lot cooler. I’ve been running all my tyres with nitrogen and I get more wear, better fuel economy and my vehicle — a Toyota Prado with Mickey Thompson tyres — handles better. I’ve had nitrogen in my Honda CBR1100 Blackbird motorcycle. With that, I was getting 15,000km out of the rear tyre. Nitrogen wouldn’t cost any more than $6 for a bike or car tyre and $10 for a 4x4 tyre. I have always got my money back for the cost.
Russell Borchard, email