Bubbled dash makes him boil
I have a 2005 Nissan Patrol that has a bubbled dash, which I believe is a common problem in Patrols. I understand that Nissan has been quietly replacing dashboards for a number of years without advertising the fact. After contacting Nissan and having our dashboard inspected I was advised that Nissan would replace the dashboard but that I would have to pay the $480 labour costs. As Nissan has agreed that the dashboard warrants replacing I feel I should not be out of pocket when the dashboards are clearly defective, regardless of the age of the car. Nissan is telling us that they will replace the dashboard out of goodwill and will not budge on the labour costs. How much goodwill can they have when they did not bother to notify Patrol owners of the problem at all? What are your thoughts on our problem?
Alan Wylie, email
What you have been offered is a standard deal most carmakers do with customers with older cars like yours. You’re best to accept the offer and get on with life. MAJOR SLIP-UP After reading in Carsguide about a Mitsubishi 380 jamming on full throttle I was wondering whether I might have the same problem. I had a car accident a few months ago, it was my fault and the car was a write-off, but the only explanation I had was that my foot slipped off the brake on to the accelerator and shot me into the path of oncoming traffic. The sensation was that each time I put my foot on the brake it seemed to rev and go forward as I approached a stop sign. I seemed to be slowing down but my final push on the brake shot me into the road. Could this be the same problem and should I tell someone?
RonMackay, email It’s unlikely. I think the explanation that your foot slipped off the brake pedal and on to the accelerator is more likely to be the real cause of your crash. REVVIN’ TO HEAVEN When I drive down a steep road at 80km/h in my 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer and come up at the other side the motor is turning at about 4000rpm. The dealer told me it was normal because of the new type of automatic. Is that correct, or is there something wrong with it?
Graeme, email Your car has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is different to a conventional automatic in the way it works. What you’re observing is probably a characteristic of the CVT as the dealer has told you. RATTLE ’N’HUM On start-up in the morning my Mazda BT-50 GT has a pinging noise from the engine until it comes up to temperature. Is this normal for a diesel? Is there potential to cause any engine damage driving while cold? Would I be better off to let the car warm up before driving?
Stephen, email A lot of the new generation of common-rail diesels rattle cold, no matter what brand. They all use the same fuel injectors, which appear to be the cause of the problem, and it doesn’t appear that much can be done about it. SETANDRESET Occasionally the engine light on my 2007 Mazda BT-50 diesel comes on. A number of Mazda dealers have assured me they have fixed it but it still occurs. They put it on the computer to