Bub­bled dash makes him boil

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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

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