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ad­vice for any­one suf­fer­ing the same prob­lem with the HiLux auto. Take it back to the dealer and have the ECU up­dated, Toy­ota has ob­vi­ously found a fix for the prob­lem, and as we have of­ten ad­vised fit­ting a trans­mis­sion oil cooler is a wise move if you’re do­ing a lot of tow­ing.

QSome time ago you had two peo­ple re­port that their car would ac­cel­er­ate for no ap­par­ent rea­son. I am a me­chanic and an­other me­chanic I know had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence while test-driv­ing a Fal­con. He was sit­ting at the traf­fic lights when the car went to full throt­tle and shot through the in­ter­sec­tion.

It turned out that a bad earth at the bat­tery had caused the cruise con­trol to go hay­wire and go to full throt­tle. It’s some­thing worth check­ing.

David, email.

AThanks for the feed­back, it sounds like a very dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion and one that can be very dif­fi­cult to di­ag­nose.

QI can’t help but won­der at the high num­ber of com­plaints you re­ceive re­gard­ing Fords, and the equally high num­ber of is­sues where the Ford dealer will not read­ily ac­cept the prob­lem and promptly fix it with­out giv­ing the cus­tomer a hard time. Is this com­mon, as I thought a three-year war­ranty meant just that, and cov­ered vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing apart from con­sum­ables such as brake pads

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