Free-flow option will help on fuel
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