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About merlinz

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  1. Thanks for the input. Interesting comments about the fuel. I had been thinking that BP 98 was probably the most cost-effective option but recent running on Caltex 95 is showing quite good economy. I did get a bit worried when idle suddenly became quite rumbly but have concluded that it only happens from time to time when the aircon compressor is running - as if the computer isn't asking for quite enough power from engine and it is labouring a little as a result. Haven't been able to tie that down to a particular fuel being in use. I will try to be a bit more systematic about observing engine b
  2. The assertion has been that the buildup is in the intake tracks - here's another example (all these assertions are coming from the same one or two expert voices in the NZ AA forum). Presumably the engine computer will be continually adjusting timing to match the fuel characteristics?? I don't think our petrol is inferior to that elsewhere in the world, though until recent years I believe our diesel used to be somewhat inferior to European diesel and caused grief with some high-end Euro diesel cars here.
  3. I have the same problem, though no sign yet of it being intermittent - it's just staying off permanently. Maybe retracting the mirrors disturbed a flakey connection. Will be keen to hear if you learn more.
  4. Comments so far are reassuring, thanks, it'll be interesting to see if anyone else knows more. The only reference to such a problem that I was able to find on the web, other than the original NZ AA forum, was an item about the first generation (2001-2005) Premio on the Kenya Toyota Club homepage
  5. Browsing a forum on the (New Zealand) Automobile Association website whilst researching options for a new car for a family member, I noticed repeated advice to avoid the D-4 petrol engines because of carbon build-up causing problems such as rough idling. The recommendation to owners of the engine was to use 98 Octane fuel to minimise the problem. (Example here) As I had recently bought a 2 litre petrol Avensis (2007) with D-4 VVT-i engine (1AZ-FSE) this naturally set some alarm bells ringing - i.e. what should I do about it? Having spent a while trolling the web elsewhere for information about
  6. Thanks for the reply. I'd have the bars as close to the ends of the rails as possible, but would avoid having the bar mounts going over those plastic end caps. I've never perceived a need to tie the ends down when carrying kayaks on the Legacy but perhaps that's foolish. What do you tie onto at the front, towing hitch?
  7. Please excuse my re-posting this as I think the previous title wasn't clear enough and I couldn't edit the title once it was submitted. I'm seriously considering buying an Avensis wagon (2004-2006) as our next vehicle for reasons of safety, comfort, reliability, and am keenly interested in information about the composition, strength and load rating of the roof rails. My concerns about the Avensis rail design is that the rails are supported only at the ends, i.e. there is no intermediate 'foot' as on the Subaru Legacy we currently have; and although the rails themselves feel reasonably strong,
  8. I'm seriously considering buying an Avensis wagon as our next vehicle for reasons of safety, comfort, reliability. We occasionally carry a couple of sea kayaks, for which we use Thule aero bars and Thule kayak cradles. Having dependable roof rails is a priority because we don't want the kayaks coming off the car. They're not particularly heavy but they must create a significant wind load. The Avensis rails seem just long enough (the kayaks are about 5m long, so the longitudinal separation of the cradles is important for stability). The plastic covers at the ends of the rails seem rather flimsy
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