Loss of power in traf­fic a big worry

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Q: I was very in­ter­ested to read the re­port from Tim Reeve re­gard­ing his Kia Sportage diesel en­gine in­ter­mit­tently dy­ing un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion. I also bought a Kia Sportage Plat­inum Diesel in Jan­uary 2013, which was to be my last car. I re­ally like it and pamper her, ex­pect­ing her to last as long as my pre­vi­ous 1981 Hold­enWB­van. I have only trav­elled 6000km to date, but have also been caught out a num­ber of times ac­cel­er­at­ing out of in­ter­sec­tions, only to have the en­gine die on me, mid-in­ter­sec­tion, on most oc­ca­sions. The en­gine does not stall com­pletely, but the car loses all power to­tally, and af­ter fever­ishly pump­ing the ac­cel­er­a­tor a num­ber of times, it even­tu­ally surges out of the in­ter­sec­tion. Many ap­proach­ing ve­hi­cles must be un­der the im­pres­sion I am play­ing ‘‘chicken’’ with them! They are not hes­i­tant in sound- ing their horn, which I ac­knowl­edge with an apolo­getic wave, know­ing full well they do not un­der­stand my em­bar­rass­ing cir­cum­stances. This has oc­curred when the en­gine is ei­ther hot or cold, but the ma­jor­ity is when the en­gine is cold. I can as­sure you each time that this oc­curs it leaves me with a very nasty taste in my mouth, not to men­tion the nasty ef­fect it has on my heart as I ob­serve the cars ap­proach­ing me in the in­ter­sec­tion at a very fast pace. I have man­aged to sur­vive thus far, hop­ing th­ese nasty ex­pe­ri­ences would de­part as the car was run in. I in­tended to men­tion it at my next ser­vice in Jan­uary 2014, but from your ar­ti­cle it ap­pears I am­not the only one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this trauma, so maybe I can ex­pect also to be brushed off by Kia as well! Most times the car per­forms well at in­ter­sec­tions, but the prob­lem is def­i­nitely in­ter­mit­tent, and you never know when she is go­ing to stand you up. It ap­pears this may not be an iso­lated ex­pe­ri­ence with the diesel Sportage, and it would be in­ter­est­ing to know how many oth­ers have had this trauma.

Michael Dono­van, via e-mail.

A: Kia checked Tim Reeve’s car and re­ported back to us that there was noth­ing wrong with it, that the prob­lem Tim was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing was a re­sult of his driv­ing style. We un­der­stand Tim is con­tent with Kia’s re­sponse. We will pass on your com­plaint to Kia and ask them to check your car out.

Q: I want to share my ex­pe­ri­ence of own­ing a VW Golf with your read­ers. I have owned the ve­hi­cle from new and I have never had any sim­i­lar is­sues with other ve­hi­cles I have owned. In the course of the last year and a half it has had an oil leak from the camshaft po­si­tion seal and gas­ket, an oil leak from the tim­ing chain bear­ing sad­dle and camshaft con­trol valve, and twice there has been oil leaks from the ad­juster, breather pipe and camshaft po­si­tion sen­sor seal. Joe Chay, e-mail. A: It’s dis­ap­point­ing when you have is­sues with a rel­a­tively new car like yours. I would sug­gest you talk to your dealer and point out your dis­ap­point­ment and frus­tra­tion.

Q: We are hav­ing trou­ble with the speedo in our 2000 Nis­san Pa­trol. It will beOK for a trip of around 100km, but then for no rea­son it will go from a 100 to 150km/h, or it may go back to zero. The rev counter does the same. We have tried to have it fixed, but were told that it has to be not work­ing at all for them to fix it. When you turn it off and start it again it’s OK for a while. We were told to hit the trip me­ter

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