Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
The Buck Rogers unit works fine Richard, just when the window washers get a bit low, off she goes! If you press the little button it cancels the big light and the smaller one flashes away until you attend to whichever system needs attention. Its just that this always seems to happen first thing in the morning on my way to work. In winter when its dark at 6am, that is one big ol' red flashy thing. The first time it happened I was a bit sleepy and I swear to god I nearly stopped the car thinking some catastrophic failure was about to occur!! Two litres of water in the bottle, and all is well in the world.
Re:Newer cars. I think there is a big problem looming here in NZ. We traditionally buy older, used cars and keep them longer. In the past this was out of necessity, however as cars get more advanced, this is becoming expensive. A $2k ABS pump on a $4k car is probably quite common.
A story from a Castrol rep: VW have some of the cleanest running petrol and diesel engines. They achieve this by, among other things, specifying the exact grade of oil you must put in their models (available only from VW of course), failure to do so over an extended period will eventually cause a filter in the exhaust to clog up. The car will then fail emissions tests and a new exhaust will be required. In Europe a car is ready for the scrap yard at 5 to 6 years so generally most servicing is done by the dealerships.
I'm not really sure how this will all pan out for us here in NZ. What I do know is I'll try to keep my old 75 running for some years yet.
BTW, I've got a couple of spare Buck Rogers units in my "items I'll never need but don't want to throw away" collection if anyone needs/wants one.
1975 Alfetta GT (White)
2003 147 GTA (Black)