Bad sig­nal for dis­play

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Write -

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

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