Crewman Six Power
I just read your review on the Holden Crewman Cross 6 (Holden Crewman Cross 6 Test).
Sounds like you are pretty disappointed with the 175kW engine. My wife has a
2005 Adventra LX6 (190kW) and we are very happy with its performance and economy
– and, as a result, I am looking at the Cross 6 Crewman for a work vehicle.
Question is, is GMH looking at bringing out the 190kW in the Crewman utes and
will the spec level improve?
We aren’t aware of any plans to
shuffle the ‘high performance’ 190kW engine into the Crewman. However, if you’re
happy with the V6 Adventra it might be worthwhile test driving the current 175kW
Re your article on the Mini Cooper (New Car Test - Mini Cooper)...
You said that the ABS light had a fault. My 2001 Mini's ABS light also has a
fault (it stays on) and it has been looked at. A sensor and split wire have been
replaced but to no satisfaction - and now the run-flat light comes on... Can you
help? I'm pulling my hair out trying to find what is wrong - I have only had the
car a few weeks. Please help!
We’re not sure what the problem is,
but it appears our car’s problem wasn’t a one-off – can any readers offer their
experiences and help?
Re Fizzing Battery #1
- commiserations for Julian. The Prius battery charger was a fascinating and
pioneering effort. Attempts to explore outside the box often have unwanted
setbacks, but are learning experiences (albeit costly!). Keep forging ahead, I
read with interest.
Re Fizzing Battery #2
Julian, you're a good man to tell the bad as well as the good. Sorry about
the batteries. But it has increased my trust in what you tell me.
Re Fizzing Battery #3
Regarding your Prius battery meltdown (Disaster!)...
I used to race electric radio control cars for much of a misspent youth and
they ran 7.2V Ni-Cd battery packs using sub-c cells. So, yes, much of our time
and money was spent developing charging techniques to get the most out of the
Anyway - simple solutions to your charger problem include...
1) Peak voltage detection charge method. Under charge, when the voltage stops
climbing and starts to decrease, switch off charger.
2) Temperature detection charge method. Measure the temp of the battery pack
with a probe (or two) and switch off the charger at a preset limit.
But you knew all this no doubt and thought you were trickle charging
batteries connected in parallel, not series and hence didn't worry about all
Re Fizzing Battery #4
Oh dear, Mr Edgar, ain’t new-tech fun?
I have to wonder just how prepared the roadside assist arms of the various
state auto clubs are when it comes to getting sensitive new-age cars like the
Prius going again.
If NiMH batteries are good for about 1500 deep cycles or so, how does that
equate to average driving habits? Does the cost of battery pack replacement
outweigh the reduced hydrocarbon fuel costs? Maybe not. For some interesting
info on NiMH batteries have a look at http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/nickelmetalhydride_appman.pdf.
I was there recently looking at the suitability of NiCad chargers with NiMH
cells. The trick with charging those things is knowing just when to stop. There
are some suggestions in the above document and cell voltage is only a small part
of the bigger picture.
Interesting stuff. As far as we’re
aware, no battery pack has worn out in any Prius – it appears that its charging
logic is pretty clever!
Interesting - but not Diverse
I've been reading AutoSpeed for about a year now and recently renewed my
subscription. I find some of your
technical articles very interesting, most recently the Prius supercharging - I
can't think of anyone else who would have attempted such an ambitious project.
However, I feel there is too much focus on certain marques and models. In the
last 20 issues there have been no less than 10 articles on Falcodores and 10 on
Subarus. I realise these are popular in Australasia, but as an expat Brit I am
used to seeing a greater diversity of vehicles on the roads, and would enjoy
reading about different vehicles more, perhaps even classics from the '70s and
Thanks for your praise – and point
taken re mix of featured cars.
Really Cool Coronas
I own a really rare two-door Corona GT-TR. I read the write up about the
four-door (Kick-Ass Corona!)
but thought you might like to know there was a two-door one made as well. Please
look at this link and see what I mean about rare - http://photobucket.com/albums/a90/TurboCorona/
I would also like to know how I would go about getting another one - I got
mine off someone who had it in Australia already.
Great stuff. We suggest contacting the
supplier of the four-door GT-T that we tested – they might be able to source you
another example. Yahoo Motorsport - +61 8 8345 0939/ 0416 080462
In your report on the new Hyundai Sonata V6 (Hyundai Sonata V6)
you said "and the front suspension of the test car had a clunk on sharp
Were you able to find out what the clunk was? If not, what’s your best guess?
I bought a new Sonata and I have the same clunk. My local Hyundai dealership
doesn’t know what it is.
We don’t know what the cause is. Perhaps
bypass your dealer and contact Hyundai Australia regarding the problem.
I was wondering if you guys have thought of doing a track tyre (R series)
comparison? I have been using Dunlop D01s for a while now but they have now been
replaced by the D02 and I am considering other brands.
We have no plans to do a
tyre comparison. Keep in mind that certain tyres perform well on some cars but
Most Power from BOV
I just wanted to know what blow-off valve you would recommend to give the
most power on my stock MY00 4-speed auto WRX (old shape).
Any blow-off valve that doesn’t leak
under boost pressure.
I’m looking to put a SR20 into a Rover 416i. Can you please give me an
approximate price and someone that would do it for me? And, if it’s not
possible, how much would a rebuild and turbo cost?
Try V&E Rigoli (+61 2 9756 3413) – they do plenty of conversions. Price
will vary depending on your choice of engine management and other facts – best
asking V&E directly. It is likely that turbocharging your existing engine
will be a better bang-for-buck solution.