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A ME­CHANIC mate was keen for me to see a bro­ken ac­cel­er­a­tor he’d re­cently re­moved from a VZ Com­modore. It had bro­ken while the owner was over­tak­ing a truck on the high­way and the pedal im­me­di­ately went to the floor and the engine to full throt­tle.

For­tu­nately, the driver threw the trans­mis­sion into neu­tral and pulled the car up safely, with the engine revving at max­i­mum speed.

It could have been much worse. Our me­chanic mate found the plas­tic mould­ing re­tain­ing the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal re­turn spring had bro­ken.

There was noth­ing to re­turn the pedal to the idle po­si­tion. It’s a bad de­sign flaw, one that Com­modore own­ers should be aware of.

We were also alerted to a Suzuki Kiza­shi that has paint chip­ping off in quite large chunks, mak­ing it look a bit like a spot­ted dog.

Suzuki is deny­ing it’s a prob­lem, claim­ing it’s be­cause the owner is driv­ing on un­made roads, but he doesn’t. Fur­ther, it’s chip­ping off sur­faces that aren’t likely to be pounded by stones.

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