Blow a gas­ket

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I’m one of those lucky own­ers of a Great Wall that has as­bestos gas­kets. Would you leave them in place or would you be de­mand­ing them all to be re­placed?

Si­mon Vin­cent, email There is no rea­son to have them re­moved, as they’re not do­ing any harm. But you should de­mand their re­moval as a protest against the Chi­nese brand play­ing fast and loose with Aus­tralian reg­u­la­tions. The rest of the world has shunned as­bestos. GOODNEWSDEPT I thought I would send you a good news story. I own a 2010 Nis­san 350Z con­vert­ible, which I bought sec­ond-hand about 12 months ago and which still has six months left on the war­ranty. I no­ticed the con­vert­ible top had de­vel­oped a small rip just be­hind the driver’s head. It looked as though it had some­how got caught in the roof mech­a­nism and it grew big­ger mainly due to the top be­ing raised and low­ered. I fi­nally got around to tak­ing it to my lo­cal Nis­san dealer to see whether it would be cov­ered un­der war­ranty. There was never any push back from the ser­vice man­ager, who promised to re­fer this to Nis­san HQ for a de­ci­sion af­ter a few pho­tos and video were taken of the prob­lem. Nis­san ap­proved the war­ranty re­place­ment with­out ques­tion and, af­ter a short wait for a re­place­ment fab­ric top to arrive from Ja­pan, it was re­placed as good as new. I take my hat off to Nis­san for the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and I will def­i­nitely be buy­ing Nis­san in fu­ture.

Mur­ray Motroni, email We are con­tacted by lots of Cars­guide read­ers about bad ex­pe­ri­ences so it’s great to hear from some­one who is happy. THE SPIRIT OF ’82 As you are well aware, this year marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the last 100 per cent de­signed and man­u­fac­tured Aus­tralian V8 Fal­cons. Go­ing back through my records I found an ar­ti­cle writ­ten in Septem­ber 1999, ‘‘Re­viv­ing Spirit of ESP’’. It would be fit­ting to see such an ar­ti­cle writ­ten again in Novem­ber in the Used Car sec­tion mark­ing this an­niver­sary. If you choose to do so I would like to of­fer my car, one of the 178 ex­am­ples of the XE ESP 351 man­ual that were made in 1982, to il­lus­trate the ar­ti­cle. Of those, only a hand­ful were painted white-over­char­coal. Since I have owned the car for the past 15 year I have done my best to col­lect all ar­ti­cles re­lated to the ESP.

Des­mondDeBono, email

We’ve got Gra­ham Smith on the job. TAKEALIBERTY I’ve had a Toy­ota Camry sedan, 1997 model, for 10 years. In ad­di­tion, sadly I had a Mit­subishi 380 hail dam­aged and writ­ten off on Christ­mas Day. I have three teenage girls and a rot­tweiler who thinks she’s a per­son. Both ve­hi­cles were too big for me — I’m a tiny 160cm with a back in­jury. I’m I have a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vi­tara and am hop­ing to sell for $15,000-$16,000 due to the ridicu­lously sized cargo and cabin space with child seats. If I add an­other $10,000 and spend no more than $25K, I should be able to get my­self into an ’08 on­wards two-wheel drive Toy­ota Kluger. Am I right in think­ing this is the big­gest SUV in terms of lug­gage ca­pac­ity and seat­ing space for the amount I want to spend? Can you sug­gest some­thing else?

Gilles Theophile, email The Kluger may not be the big­gest but it’s the best and our choice. You could look at a Ford Ter­ri­tory for size com­par­i­son but we’d still go for the Kluger.

Hard go­ing: Maker Great Wall

fit­ted its ute with as­bestos

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