Su­per­nat­u­ral monster

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In your story on the Nis­san GT-R you men­tioned it was orig­i­nally named Godzilla by Wheels Mag­a­zine. I be­lieve the per­son who orig­i­nally named it Godzilla was Dick John­son, who of course was fac­ing the mighty Gib­son Motorsport-pre­pared beasts in the tour­ing car cham­pi­onship in his Sier­ras with John Bowe. Martin Hay­den, email

I con­tacted An­gus MacKen­zie, for­merly of Wheels, who takes up the story: “Wheels def­i­nitely named it Godzilla. We got the first GT-R story in from Ja­pan and they were calling it Obake­mono, which means some sort of su­per­nat­u­ral monster. We were riff­ing on the monster idea and Godzilla came from that, for the July 1989 is­sue.”

ON RE­FLEC­TION

When I was teach­ing my son to drive I found it frus­trat­ing and a lit­tle scary to be un­able to see what was he was see­ing be­hind the car. The so­lu­tion, cour­tesy of an RACV driv­ing in­struc­tor, was to buy a $10 stick-on rear vi­sion mir­ror from Repco and put that on the wind­screen so that I could see what he was see­ing. It’s a great so­lu­tion and it re­ally helped me to help him, so worth pass­ing on to your read­ers. Peter Mitchell, email RE­PLY: We’ll pay it for­ward.

BACK OR­DERS

I never thought I would be writ­ing to you to com­plain about Honda. But an airbag re­call has been through my third can­cel­la­tion and, by the tone of the caller, I can ex­pect a fourth. Honda Aus­tralia can only say it’s a global re­call and show no con­cern at all, but if there were no safety is­sues the re­call would not be needed. No more Honda cars for me and I have bought four over the last 10 years.

Tom Jones, email

RE­PLY: Honda Aus­tralia has in­ves­ti­gated and this is the re­ply from spokesman Neil McDon­ald: “We’ve as­cer­tained that the in­fla­tor part for this cus­tomer’s ve­hi­cle had been on back or­der from the fac­tory. The part has now ar­rived and Honda Aus­tralia is in the process of send­ing it to the cus­tomer’s dealer, who has a back or­der on the sys­tem for him and we’ve phoned the cus­tomer to ad­vise of the sit­u­a­tion. Honda Aus­tralia is also look­ing into the process to make sure cus­tomers are not in­con­ve­nienced and can be as­sured that when a part ar­rives, it is clearly al­lo­cated to avoid un­nec­es­sary can­cel­la­tions.”

REPROGRAMMED

Re the Fal­con ute en­gine cut­ting out, I had a sim­i­lar prob­lem with a 2006 BA Fal­con. I re­placed the ig­ni­tion un­lock/lock unit and then reprogrammed it. The ig­ni­tion unit can be bought online or from Repco, quite cheaply, with in­struc­tions at­tached for re­pro­gram­ming. I hope this helps.

John Tay­lor, email

CHECK VOLT­AGE

I have a 2006 Ford Fal­con BF and re­cently had the same prob­lem. The auto elec­tri­cian I use told me the Fal­con’s en­gine man­age­ment com­puter is very volt­age sen­si­tive. He rec­om­mended I change the bat­tery — I did and since then the prob­lem has gone away.

Ben Sav­ille, email

STAB AT THE TABS

The ig­ni­tion switch in the BA Fal­con is prone to fail­ure, usu­ally without warn­ing, so this in­ter­mit­tent stalling could be early stages of switch fail­ure. The back plate of the switch is held in place by a cou­ple of small bent-over tabs that fail and the switch flies to bits in­side the steer­ing col­umn, stalling the car. It may be worth­while hav­ing a me­chanic pop the switch and in­spect, and re­punch­ing the tabs tight may do the trick.

Bill Sul­li­van, email

RE­PLY: So we have a cou­ple of po­ten­tial so­lu­tions, thanks to help­ful Cars­guide read­ers. Likely with more on the way.

CRUDE BUT EF­FEC­TIVE

I too had an EF Fal­con many years ago with the same prob­lem. It was down­right scary for my wife and I also tried a few me­chan­ics with no so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. In the end I traded it in on a VS Se­ries 2 Com­modore in 1999, which I still drive to­day with no is­sues. Arthur Sternaras, email RE­PLY: Un­usual ad­vice but prob­a­bly ef­fec­tive.

CAM DASHED

Just be­fore Christ­mas I dropped my wife’s lit­tle car at a ma­jor deal­er­ship for its first ser­vice. When I picked the car up I no­ticed that the very first thing that had hap­pened after I left was that the dash­cam had been dis­abled. The last recorded file was me driv­ing it into the deal­er­ship. I in­tend to raise this with the deal­er­ship shortly but I’d be in­ter­ested to know if any­one else has had this hap­pen, and the re­sponse from the dealer if and when the is­sue was raised. We all know that dash­cams have been used to pro­vide ev­i­dence of ve­hi­cle abuse while be­ing ser­viced. Bob An­der­son, email RE­PLY: So it’s over to the read­ers again.

LIGHTEN UP

Re the BMW M4 GTS be­ing lighter than the stan­dard ver­sion. The car­bon-fi­bre bon­net would have saved roughly 5-10kg and that’s be­ing very gen­er­ous con­sid­er­ing the orig­i­nal alu­minium bon­nets. Not even the E46 M3 CSL could shed 300kg and that used thin­ner glass and card­board in the boot plus re­moval of all the in­te­rior mod-cons. I love my cars and have owned a lot from Sky­lines to Evos, BMWs and Mercedes, to name a few, and I like your re­views. Some I dis­agree with but that just comes down to per­sonal taste.

Scott John­son, email

THE GOOD OIL

I’ve checked with a cou­ple of Land Rover deal­ers and they have con­firmed that the new Dis­cov­ery won’t come with a petrol en­gine for Aus­tralia. Only the In­ge­nium and carry-over V6 diesels will re­main here. Yet one is avail­able over­seas. Steve Atkin, email

Land Rover spokesman Tim Krieger replies: “That is cor­rect. We’ll of­fer three diesel en­gines: 132kW Td4, 177kW Sd4 and 190kW Td6.”

Nis­san GT-R: Call me Godzilla

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