AU1 I6 problems
OK, we've got a AU Fairmont which blows black dusty smoke on ignition (especially first run of the day). I tried using fuel additive (brand has slipped my mind) and it seemed to fix the problem i.e.: better acceleration, less/no dust blasting out the back during acceleration etc. I used a sensible portion of additive EVERY time I fill up the car, as its the only way of avoiding the smoke. However, a tank or so later once I stop using the additive, the smoke and poor responsiveness of the engine comes back. I've tried numerous different brands of fuel and from different locations with no result, so I'm utterly convinced the car is stuffed in someway. What is causing this? How can it be fixed? I'd prefer ideas that didn’t involve a Ford dealer repairing anything, they're crap and cause more problems than they ever fix.
Secondly, the fuel consumption is hideous. Typical trips are about suburb->city and back again, and a little (say 50-100 kms) highway travel. Even when driven like a granny, maximum kms are about 290 per tank. This doesn’t seem nearly enough to me.
I'm looking for real advice here, its a good car but these two things are really shiting me.
And finally, does window tinting done by Ford on new vehicles have a lifetime warrantee? The rear window has some horrendous bubbling and rippling effects all over and is a bit of an eyesore (the car is only 3 or so years old too!!!).
Last edited by Nobby; 01-26-04 at 10:31 PM.