How can I make my fuel dollar go further?
Three years ago vibrations started to occur when moving off uphill.
The dealer’s solution was to flush the gearbox and put in new oil. The ‘‘fix’’ would last for approximately 10 months before the procedure had to be repeated.
Honda wants me to pay $220 every time this happens, something that should have been taken care of under warranty.
What should I do now, tackle the dealer, go to Honda Australia, or go to Consumer Affairs?
John Hicks, e-mail.
A: Hopefully you have kept a record of the times the oil has been changed and the result. I would take that to the dealer in the first instance and present a claim to have the gearbox replaced, as has happened with some other Jazz owners.
If that does not get the result you want, then move up the chain, and if necessary go to the Consumer Affairs people as the last resort.
Q: I have noted that the speed indicated on my GPS differs by as much as 4km/h from that showing on the speedo of my car, and it is always less. I have read this is normal. Which one is correct?
A: I can’t say that either one is ‘‘correct’’ but the speed shown on the GPS is probably the more accurate one. THE most asked question
receives is from owners wanting to know how to get more bang for the buck they spend at the petrol pump.
Here are some of the ways that can be done:
Compare before you buy. Car makers must reveal the fuel consump- tion of the cars they make and it’s displayed on a sticker on the cars windscreen.
But that consumption is derived from a standard test under strictly controlled laboratory conditions and not real life.
Use it to compare one model to another. You could expect that the claimed average consumption would be close to real life, but the actual fuel consumption can be affected by a myriad of things, some of which you can control, but some you can’t.
You can also save by planning your driving route to minimise the number of traffic lights you travel through, and use freeways, and avoid hills.
When driving use a constant throttle as much as possible, avoid unnecessary accelerations, and anticipate traffic movements ahead.
Consider converting to LPG or buying a diesel model.