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discs as they had worn beyond serviceable. It’s only done 23,000km and I don’t drive the car hard or brake hard. I can understand the pads wearing, but I thought the discs should have lasted longer than that before needing replacement. What do you think?
Michael Salt, email Brakes, both pads and discs, are wearing out at a much faster rate than they once did— but that’s very low mileage, so check the discs yourself and have them justify the assertion that the parts are not serviceable. INDIRECT INJECTORS My Hyundai Sonata CRDi seems to surge and miss for the first 2km from a cold start. It is OK for about 2000km after a filter change but then it begins again. What do you think?
Ken, email It would seem to be in the fuel system, so I would be looking at the injectors to find the cause. BUBBLE TROUBLE With reference to Alan Wylie’s query about the bubbled dash on his Nissan Patrol, we should get all the owners who have this problem to converge on Nissan to get them to fix it at their expense. Our 2005 Nissan has a bubbled dash and it is getting worse day by day.
Lyn Maguire, email The only way you’ll get it fixed is to organise yourselves into a group and take action as a group. That way you might get someone to listen. DIESEL FOIL The used Holden Epica diesel we have bought uses more fuel than I expected. The quoted figure for this car is 7.6L/100 km, combined but we are averaging about 10.3L driving it in the city. That is not a huge amount less than I managed from our VT Commodore. We bought the car from a reputable Holden dealer, so I expect it should be running at its best right now. I know we should never expect to reproduce the quoted numbers. What would be a reasonable city-only figure to expect under the circumstances?
Brian Schroeder, email Average city consumption is about 9.2L/100 km, less than you’re experiencing, but probably within the ballpark. Diesels are at their best at constant speed, which is why the highway consumption is so low but they’re not that special in the city.
Diesel dilemma: In city driving, a Holden Epica CDX gets Commodore
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