the Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 and VW Amarok, which with their lusty turbo diesels are great for heavy work.
I have a 2013 Toyota LandCruiser, a GX turbo diesel, that has done 50,000km in 18 months from new. The vehicle is used for work in dusty outback conditions, which it was designed for. It has been serviced by the book and I recently noticed a noise in the turbo. I took it to my Toyota dealer and they checked it and had regional manager check it and agreed it has a turbo noise but would not cover with warranty it as I had replaced the exhaust with a larger aftermarket one plus changed the head on the snorkel. Both these aftermarket alterations should enhance the turbo rather than being detrimental. I have heard from various sources that Toyota have an issue with the left hand turbo on this motor, so as it’s a known fault do I have any avenue to pursue the warranty claim or is it a lost cause due to the aftermarket changes I have made? Bill Hedditch, email Warranty coverage on all brands is compromised when you move away from standard equipment. You might believe something will enhance a vehicle but, because it is not developed and tested to warranty standards by the manufacturer, they will not give coverage.
Re tyre pressures. As my Golf GTI is front-wheel drive, with the bulk of the weight upfront and little in the rear, I run 42psi in front with 38 in the rear. The ride is not harsh and I figure I’m saving fuel to some degree. The wear is even on both front and rear across the tyre surfaces but I should add I’m nearly always driving solo or with one passenger, Paul Baker, email
I have a Nissan Qashqai TI on order and I have noticed that it comes with 19-inch wheels but with low-profile tyres so the actual wheel diameter is the same as the standard model with 17-inch wheels. I am in my senior years so go-faster wheels are of no benefit. What advantage do the 19-inch wheels have over 17s, considering that replacement tyres on 19s are about twice the price and I suspect low-profile rubber is noisier. Gordon Lawton, email It’s about styling and ultimate grip, aspects that probably don’t concern you. Designers save their best work for the larger wheels that come on the higherpriced models, while lowprofile generally means better cornering. I’m not generally a fan because of shortcomings in noise and comfort, on SUVs. especially
NIGHT INTO DAY
Re the poor illumination from reversing lights. I had the same problem with my 2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI and found that an LED globe turned night into day. Check the website for automotive lighting at www.blingworkauto.com.au. Michael Becker, email I’ve checked and it looks good, so could be a solution.