Dash lights warrant care
Recently the engine light in my 2010 Ford Fiesta came on and after 10 minutes of driving the traction control and overdrive lights came on as well. My dealer replaced the catalytic converter but it was only a day before the lights came on again. The dealer started ‘‘running tests’’ but I have no information on what was found. Is this a common issue? I bought the car new and have regularly serviced it. I was offered extended warranty for another two years after December. It costs $1200. Is it worth it?
Gabriela Barna, email
If they haven’t come back to you with their testing results then ask what has been done and what was found. Your experience is relatively common with today’s cars. The source of your problem is probably a faulty sensor and the testing being done by your dealer should identify it and fix it. I wouldn’t be too concerned about it. As for the extended warranty, it comes down to the confidence you have in the car. If you lack confidence, the money spent on the extended warranty is worthwhile; if you feel confident it will keep running without major trouble then don’t take it. It’s your decision but I believe extended warranties are not worth buying. You should also be aware it is not a factory product.
I have a 2010 Holden Commodore VE SS Series II sixspeed manual that has done about 49,000km. A miss has developed in the motor, sometimes at idle, at other times under acceleration. We have taken it back to the dealer several times. On the last visit, after having the car for four days, they reset the throttle body, which seemed to work, but now after five weeks and running on only BP Ultimate (minimum 98 RON) it is missing again. Why is it that a vehicle manufactured and designed to run on E85/E10 etc is now recommended to only use the most expensive fuel and only BP, but still have an engine miss? By the way, it didn’t show up on diagnostics but the technician had the car for a few days and, yes, it missed when he was driving. If you could shed any light on this problem it would be appreciated as it’s becoming frustrating.
Margaret Hos, email
I guess by specifying the 98 octane, the mechanic is eliminating fuel as a potential cause, so I would go along with him while he attempts to isolate the problem’s cause. As it doesn’t show up on the diagnostics it’s hard to track down. Give the mechanic some space to get to work on it but maintain the pressure. All said, it’s likely to be a faulty sensor or perhaps a faulty coil pack.
At about 54,000km, my Mazda BT50 started jumping out of fifth gear but Mazda and the local dealer don’t want to know about it. An aftermarket kit to remedy the problem is $520, then there is $1200 to repair the gearbox — which indicates it is a widespread problem and Mazda should be shouldering some of the expense. Can you give me any guidance?
Mick Wallace, email
Jumping out of fifth is a common problem on early BT50s but a fix was meant to have been introduced in late
Fiesta, no fun: The warning lights go on but the dealer has no answer yet. Opposite: BT50s can jump out of gear