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Hi Mor­gan,

I need some help sav­ing fuel oth­er­wise I’m go­ing to sell my car and ride a bi­cy­cle to work.

The petrol price just doesn’t look like it’s ever go­ing to come down and at times you can’t find fuel.

What car uses the least amount of fuel? Con­stance

Hi Con­stance, Sav­ing fuel be­gins with you. It is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to be aware of any bad habits you might have picked up.

Be sure that the tyres are at the right pres­sure

– con­sult the owner’s man­ual – and limit the amount of time with the air­con on or the win­dows down.

An­tic­i­pate traf­fic so you can main­tain mo­men­tum while trav­el­ling and make sure the en­gine has been ser­viced and is run­ning ef­fi­ciently.

Small turbo-charged diesels of­fer great fuel econ­omy.

Hi Mor­gan, Is there a rea­son why we don’t have a half-ton diesel model in this coun­try? I would have thought that with its ad­van­tages in fuel con­sump­tion and larger torque that it would be the more pop­u­lar en­gine. Omar, Cen­tu­rion

Hi Omar, Since Ford closed pro­duc­tion on the Ban­tam there aren’t many half-ton mod­els on the mar­ket.

The Nis­san NP200

is due for an up­grade leav­ing the choice be­tween the new Chevro­let Util­ity and the Fiat Strada.

The Fiat comes with a 1.7-litre diesel en­gine and we can ex­pect a 1.3-litre diesel to join the Util­ity range later this year.

The 1.3-litre diesel is the same mo­tor which was in­tro­duced to the Sonic hatch and I ex­pect it to sell in big num­bers.

To Mor­gan, I got a punc­ture in one of the front tyres and they told me it couldn’t be re­paired be­cause it was in the side of the tyre and not the tread.

I left the car and when I got back they charged me for fill­ing it with ni­tro­gen which I didn’t ask for. I don’t even know what ni­tro­gen does or how to check if they re­ally did what they claimed.

Can I fill the tyre with nor­mal air at the garage? Ulandi Mab­hena, Kyalami

Hi Ulandi, I must pre­sume that they filled the other tyres with ni­tro­gen as well oth­er­wise this can lead to han­dling ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

The big­gest sell­ing point of ni­tro­gen is that tyres run cooler which in­creases tyre life and im­proves han­dling. Ni­tro­gen-filled tyres also re­tain pres­sure for longer and have no cor­ro­sive prop­er­ties.

Ni­tro­gen re-fills are free from the branch but one can use nor­mal air at garages there­after be­cause it con­tains a large per­cent­age of ni­tro­gen. FILM­MAK­ERS who be­lieve they have what it takes are in­vited to sub­mit a short film to the Dstv Film Tal­ent Cel­e­bra­tion com­pe­ti­tion be­fore Fe­bru­ary 29.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to ev­ery film­maker who is a South African cit­i­zen.

Films should be be­tween three and ten min­utes in length and may be in any genre.

The win­ners will re­ceive cash prizes be­tween R20 000 and R50 000 and could see their film be­ing pro­moted and flighted.

“This com­pe­ti­tion presents nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for the win­ners, such as their films be­ing pro­moted and broad­cast on the Dstv plat­form, ” says cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment man­ager at Mul­tichoice, Itume­leng Lete­bele.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a spe­cial gala event, where the se­lected films will be screened.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.mul­tichoice.co.za

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