Free-flow op­tion will help on fuel

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Q: On a trip up north I spoke to a bloke with a 2003 Toy­ota Prado who said he im­proved his fuel con­sump­tion by 10 per­cent by fit­ting a 3- inch ex­haust sys­tem to his wagon. Do you think this is pos­si­ble?

Yvonne & Ken El­lis, e-mail.

A: Fit­ting a free-flow ex­haust sys­tem will gen­er­ally im­prove your fuel econ­omy and 10 per cent is pos­si­ble.

Q: I too have a 2010 Com­modore 3.0-litre SIDI with oil con­sump­tion is­sues. I have com­pleted the first oil con­sump­tion test with my deal­er­ship and it used 0.4 litres in around 1600 km (2.5 litres per 10,000 km) and was told this was within spec? My deal­er­ship asked if I wanted to try the man­ual spec­i­fied 10w30 in­stead of the 10w40 they’d been us­ing, to which I ob­vi­ously agreed. They asked me to make a spe­cific log, in­clud­ing load­ing, us­age and fuel used, and to come

What you need to do now is be strong and per­sis­tent, and letVWknow in no un­cer­tain terms that you will not go away,

back in 3000-5000 km for an­other con­sump­tion test. I just want to know my rights as a care­ful first time new car owner, and whether or not Aus­tralian con­sumer pro­tec­tion can add lever­age to the sit­u­a­tion. I un­der­stand that Holden needs info for di­ag­nos­tics/fu­ture ref­er­ence, but I want this prob­lem re­solved ASAP. I bought a new car to avoid prob­lems such as the one I’m ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, and I’m start­ing to feel like I’ve wasted a whole lot of money. Any use­ful ad­vice would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Ben Var­coe, e-mail. A: The war­ranty cov­ers you if the car has a prob­lem, Holden is obliged to hon­our it and give you a car that is trou­ble free. Be­yond that there is a re­quire­ment for any man­u­fac­turer, of any goods, to pro­duce a prod­uct that is of com­mer­cial qual­ity. If the oil con­sump­tion of your car doesn’t im­prove you could claim its not fit for the pur­pose for which you bought it. But I wouldn’t rely on our con­sumer laws to get you a re­sult.

Q: The ra­dio in my hus­bands Hyundai i35 crack­les re­ally badly on both AM and FM. The dealer re­placed the ra­dio, but the same thing is hap­pen­ing, and the dealer told him that all the ra­dios are the same and don’t work very well. We know that is not true as my hus­bands car is sup­plied through work and oth­ers with the same model have no prob­lem. Hope you can help. Lee, e-mail. A: We have had a num­ber of sim­i­lar re­ports on Hyundai ve­hi­cles, and it seems it is the an­tenna that’s the prob­lem. Talk to your dealer and ask that he fit a new an­tenna.

Q: Over the past 12 months there have been six oc­cur­rences on my daugh­ter’s Volk­swa­gen Polo TDi where the faulty airbag warn­ing light has come on. We have had three new airbags, a clock spring re­placed, and a new wiring loom. This airbag will not de­ploy in an crash and VW con­tin­ues to ig­nore re­quests to re­call this ve­hi­cle. We feel it’s a ma­jor safety is­sue. They fail to re­spond to our cor­re­spon­dence or

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