Some advice for the expert
TELL Evonne ( Carsguide, Sept 28) that the gearbox problem on her 2006 2.0 FSI Golf is the valve body in the gearbox and is a $3000 (approx) fix at a transmission specialist. I know because I had the same problem with mine and was also quoted $7000 byVW who told me the box was shot. The tranny specialist informed me if I let the problem continue it would eventually lead to irreparable damage to the gearbox. I chose to let the specialist fix it, which they did in one day. I notice with interest that the problem is a common one with Golfs, and Audi A3s and TTs, so common that in the US it is fixed free, even outside warranty.
Andy, email We also heard from Rick Pringle of J. Pringle Automotive in Melbourne who also told us that it is a problem with the valve body, which needs to be replaced. It is common on all Aisin Warner six-speed transmissions, he says, and it can be fixed without removing the transmission from the car. ROUGHRIDE I recently changed the alloy wheels on my 2005 VZ Holden Commodore from 17-inch to a 20-inch and lowered the car as well. I noticed the car ride is not smooth and I can feel every bump. Is there anything I can do to fix it, or is that a common problem with lowered cars?
Elric Rodrigues, email
That’s what happens when you change to low-profile tyres and fit harder springs, shock absorbers and bushes. You can try different shock absorbers, which might help, but there’s not a lot you can do about it. FLAKY PAINT JOB I bought my Nissan Patrol 4.2 turbo diesel ST Ute new in 2006. Now with 97,000km on the clock the white paint is flaking off in patches. Spray painters say it appears that the white coat has not adhered to the undercoat. I’ve kept the ute in top condition and it is well maintained, cleaned and polished, and has never been pressure sprayed. What are my chances of a claim against Nissan, and who can I approach about the problem?
Des Hughes, email Start with your dealer and ask for a factory representative to inspect the car. If that approach isn’t successful go straight to NissanHQin Melbourne and talk directly to the customer assistance people.
Low blow: You generally get a bumpier ride when you switch to lowprofile rubber