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The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Oct 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Oct 2021


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20 MOTORING NTNE01Z01MO - V1 R O A D S I D E A S S I S T Ive brake-tested them, but its been the AEB at work. No wonder they overtake me enraged. Ross F, email Not only AEB, but also radar cruise control. If a car suddenly pulls in front on the highway, the radar cruise jabs the brakes and can look like youre brake-testing the car (or angry ute driver) behind. If people just left a safe distance to the car in front, so much road rage and so many accidents could be avoided. REV HEAD At my 2019 MG3s first service the dealership asked if there were any issues. I said yes, it does 2000rpm on start-up first thing in the morning. I was told this is normal. Things must have changed since I was an apprentice and taught never to rev a cold engine. Denys Elder, email I wouldnt worry, 2000rpm wont be stretching a cold engine. If it stays at 2000rpm at idle there is a problem and the dealer must diagnose and remedy this. MG offers a seven-year warranty, so make good use of it. But really, the 82kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder in your MG3 isnt an engineering marvel. If a few revs get it started on a cold morning Id forgive it that. UNBREAKABLE Re Jim Reynoldss Toyota HiLux only needing a couple of replacement clutches after 535,000km, my 2013 Toyota HiAce is still on its original clutch after 340,000km and I drive it like I stole it. Steve Gorton, email Of all the vehicles I wouldnt drive like I stole it the HiAce would be up there. Id be into a hedge with a burnt-out clutch in no time. FUEL MISER Re Jeep fuel economy, I have a 2015 Cherokee Limited 2.0-litre diesel. On a 9000km trip towing a 2000kg camper trailer I recorded 10.2L/100km. On a 450km highway leg I saw 8.1L/100km. I was the happiest camper and it tows beautifully. Ian Murley, email Youre a miracle worker if your figures are accurate, Ian. Previous letter writers were towing with heavier Grand Cherokees, so your smaller Cherokee does have an advantage. Its official economy is 5.8L/100km with no trailer, but my test saw closer to 8L/100km. For the sake of the planet, and your wallet, I hope your numbers are accurate! SAFE OR UNSAFE? Re autonomous emergency braking (AEB) happening at the wrong time, Ive experienced this many times. I wonder how many so-called brake-check incidents are initiated by AEB? Unwanted braking has led to the usual pumped-up ute blokes tailgating me thinking Whats your opinion of the Volkswagen MK5 Golf R32? Are they a good car? Any issues with them? Kristian Edgcumbe, email Now youre talking my language. These 20062009 all-wheel-drive hot hatches are excellent performance buys . I drove a friends example recently and its grip, noise and acceleration had me itching for one. A 3.2-litre VR6 engine, 184kW/320Nm and 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds, all from about $15,000. Manuals are rare, but VWs DSG auto problems were mainly sorted by this time. Even so, prioritise one with an impeccable service history. R32s were built to be driven, so most will have had a hard life. The Mk5 Golf GTI is worth a try too. $10,000 buys a good one with three pedals: those prices will soon climb as its now being correctly recognised as a GTI high point. LIFE SAVER? Re your comment on roll bars (sports bars) fitted to dual cab utes. Are they only cosmetic? My son was driving his Toyota HiLux fitted with one, he was run off the road and rolled down a gully. It was deemed the roll bar was effective and he only sustained minor injuries. Malcolm Mackenzie If accident investigators deemed a sports bar protected the cabin in any way, its hard to be anything but very happy about that. But people mustnt confuse these steel sports bar accessories with proper rollover protection bars. The likes of Safety Devices make multi-point bolt-in roll cages for dual cabs to protect all passengers, typically for oil, gas and mining fleets. I havent seen any manufacturers claim that sports bars improve rollover safety. CRACKING UP My 2019 Subaru Forester drivers leather seat has two splits on the side. Its only done 40,000km. The dealer was of the opinion it wouldnt be covered under warranty as its wear and tear. Im perplexed as the splits are on spots I dont sit. Should I pursue this with Subaru or am I flogging a dead horse? Silvio Iadarola, email Absolutely you should pursue this with Subaru Australia. Other Forester owners have reported cracking seats, and if they cant show any accidental damage on your part has caused them, it must be a warranty repair. I dont think anyone would think split seats is fair wear and tear on a car thats less than three years old. Call Subaru customer care on 1800 226643, get a case number from them and say youre seeking a warranty repair. WRITE TO MOTORING AT CARS@NEWS.COM.AU OR PO BOX 2808, GPO SYDNEY, 2001 IAIN CURRY GETS ANSWERS I question Bruce ONeales criticisms of a Toyota LandCruiser 200s fuel usage. Ive towed a 2800kg caravan with mine over nine years and use 16L-21L/100km, not his suggested 25L/100km. Ive no doubt his Chevrolet truck is impressive, but the LC 200 is a magnificent, trouble-free tow vehicle. Ive ordered the new LC 300. Mike Kerdel, email I hope you were one of the first to order the new LandCruiser 300, Mike. Latest news is the wait list is up to 12 months. Not a problem for you if you still love your LC 200. The way things are going with used car prices, it could be worth a packet by next year. WILD CLAIMS PERFORMANCE HERO

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