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Best laid plans - Day 1

Will we move?

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Retirement is upon us and we decided to go see a bit more of our great WA countryside. To that end we upgraded our 15 year old camper trailer to a more upmarket hard-floored version along with a remote control to set up the canopy - none of this physically disabling heaving for us anymore. As a result of this upgrading we then realised our 2003 Hilux didn't have the grunt to tow our new camper, now named "1tsby", so we had to upgrade to a machine that could tow a 2.4 tonne beast. We bought a Ford Ranger, a huge car with all the assorted bling that any person could want. This is where the fun began.
After adding an assortment of goodies - rear vision camera, lifting the body, rearranging the electrics and adding a more stream-lined electric brake system, as well as various machines ending with 'ators' we finally have a car that can do the job required. However, let's not get ahead of ourselves - we also appear to have inherited an annoying sparkle of orange warning lights on the screens informing us about failures to our ABS, anti-tracking system etc. Those more informed than us advised us to take it to Ford ( it still has a new car warranty cover) and they will wipe the computer which will then let the mechanic know what was the fault causing the orange lights to glow. This wasn't the way it panned out as we were then informed to go to the nearest Ford dealer when the lights came on again and with the motor running they could consult the computer and figure out what the real culprit was! Needless to say the lights came back on a Sunday and consultation with any Ford company wasn't possible.
Monday we were back onto our Ford man who explained that they were very busy as it was the end of the financial year and the mechanic was sick so we could bring it in for a check-up in a couple of weeks time and only when the lights came back on. Gawd was in a good mood and on starting up the car all warning lights came back on and we drove straight down to the sick mechanic and got our computer read so as to find the fault. Unfortunately our mechanic wasn't qualified to inform us as to what was the cause and suggestions were made to take the car to Ford in Bunbury after we had made an appointment. This great service went down very well with us and we trooped back to Toyota ( we had bought the car from them and it was under used car warranty with them) to lodge our dissatisfaction. They promptly took over, rang Bunbury and got our car in the following week.
Bunbury kindly took the car from us ( no sight of the courtesy car promised) and by about 1pm informed us it was ready to pick up. That we did and drove the car 10ks down the road to be greeted by the twinkle of orange lights. Back to lovely Ford who then kept it for two days (they did provide us with a car to go home, we just had to put petrol in it as the warning lights were on!) before giving it back to us with the understanding that they weren't sure if they had fixed the problem because the lights, after exhaustive testing, hadn't come back on.
So I write this on the eve of our trip, having already missed two days and wondering if I should download all the information on Ford and their locations in the Pilbara so that we can pop in and say gidday!
Tomorrow we head off up to the Charles Darwin Reserve which used to be the White Wells Station some 300+ks from Perth where we meet up with other members of the Busselton Naturalist Club and spend a couple of days checking out what Bush Heritage has done to protect the environment on the old station.

Posted by Toot'speak 02:59 Archived in Australia

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