Dashed hopes renewed
AS IN other Toyota Prados, the dash in my 2003 model has cracked in a number of places. Repairs were denied by Toyota a number of years ago because the warranty had ended. Now, Toyota has approved the repair of the dash but will cover only 70 per cent of the repair cost. Do you think this is a sufficient outcome?
Peter, email Yes, I do think that’s a reasonable outcome and I would recommend you take the offer and have your car repaired. DASH II THE dash in my Toyota Prado developed cracks very early on, but I was unable to get my local dealer interested until I produced your article. I contacted my nearest city dealership, after direction from Toyota’s national phone support. Photos were supposedly forwarded a month ago but I have had no feedback. I have a young family and am extremely concerned with the safety aspect of cracking adjacent to the airbag. Have others have had any success with their claims?
As you can see with Peter, above, Toyota has approved his claim for repairs, so I suggest you persist with your claim. I feel confident it will be resolved. CHAIN DEFENCE A MECHANIC recently told me that I needed to replace the timing chain on my 2004 Mitsubishi Pajero because it is worn. It has done 207,000km. I have a major trust issue with mechanics and you have stated in the past that timing chains don’t need replacing. I’m very much at a loss and I would really appreciate your advice.
Josef Farid, email Timing chains do not need to be replaced as regularly as timing belts, so there is no requirement in the service schedule for such a replacement. But they do wear and can become slack over time – then they need replacing. If you don’t, you risk them breaking or jumping teeth on the drive gears and if either of those things happened you could do serious internal damage to the engine. I’d follow your mechanic’s advice. THE LONG RECON THE 2.2-litre engine in my Holden Rodeo dual-cab ute has developed a serious bottomend knock, and three
Tough going: Prado dash
repairs are still an issue