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.”
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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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