The good oil on engine oil
When I book in our car for a service, in my case Ford and Hyundai, the staff at the service desk try to sell additives and flushes which will prolong the life of the cooling system, engine, transmission etc. I never take up these offers as I feel the synthetic oils being used, and the regular servicing by the dealer, negates the need for all these extras. They are not cheap and soon make a mockery of the cappedprice service deals if you take up the offer. Am I being foolhardy or have I seen through this clever marketing ploy?
Kevin Tonkin, WA You are definitely not being foolhardy. AIR CON I’m wondering about running the airconditioning after turning off the engine in the hybrid Camry. How long will it keep cooling before the battery gives out?
Jennifer Hunt, email The aircon runs like a regular car, nothing to do with the hybrid or the hybrid battery system. Running the aircon on battery power is pointless because you need the system to be driven by the engine to make the compressor work. OFF THE COMPASS l was wondering what you think of the Jeep Compass 4x4 with 2.4-litre engine and fivespeed manual.
Simon Countable, email Sorry, but it’s really nothing special. Nice name, hunky styling, but way behind the Japanese as a family wagon. Plus it scored only two stars in recent NCAP testing. CONSUMING TIME I have noticed several times in Carsguide that you tell dissatisfied customers to get in touch with the consumer affairs in their state if they cannot get satisfaction with the dealer or the company of the brand they have purchased. From personal experience, going to the Consumer Affairs department is an absolute waste of time, as they always say that there is nothing they can do about the problem. Going to my local MP did not help, as my letter was passed on to Consumer Affairs and you know the rest. Regardless to say that I did away with the vehicle, as it was unsafe and unroadworthy, and nobody was ready to do anything to help me.
Bernard, Victoria On the other side of the coin, we’ve had readers who got a result that way. LIGHTONTHE BILL I’ve been doing some research regarding towing a caravan with a Ford Ranger and came across a comment relating to problems when towing caravans with LED tail-turn lights. Apparently, a patch cable is required, and when I checked the Ford website I found that they offer a cable to overcome the problem. My problem is that I will need to have installed an electric brake controller which will use the trailer connector, also a power wire for power to the caravan will also use this connector. I rang Ford. Unfortunately, they say they are unable to comment as this is really not their problem.
Ian Dettmann, email The best idea is probably to find a good auto electrician. BRAKES BROKE After a 20-year diet of used Commodores, we opted to buy our first new car, a 2005 Astra Classic Equipe auto hatch, a reasonably nice car to run around with the kids. It turned out to be a lemon. After only 15,000km it required new front rotors (warped) and SEVEN UP We are looking to buy an SUV that will be used mainly for city driving, short trips to and from school and the occasional holiday etc. We have a budget of around $35,000 and need a seven-seater, so are tossing up between the Toyota Kluger, Kia Sorento, a Mazda CX-7 or 9 and Holden Captiva. Given our price range, are we better off choosing a near-new Sorento or Captiva or go with a three to four-year-old Kluger or Mazda?
Mick Havard, email For us, it’s the Kluger every time.