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  1. Another one this morning: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-08/diesel-filter-problems-in-australian-cars-widespread/11655040 Same issue - manufacturers denying there's a problem even in the face of evidence.
  2. It's a basic tenet of Australian consumer law that the contract for sale is between the buyer and seller. For example, if I buy an amp and it blows up during warranty without warning (and without any misuse), then my line of recourse lies with the dealer, not the distributor or manufacturer. In this particular case, it would seem that the Mazda dealers concerned have got off quite lightly, as the ACCC appears to be going after Mazda Australia itself. I don't know why this so, although the dealers were probably acting at the direction of Mazda and so Mazda may in this instance qualify as the seller. The profit margin that dealers make is intended to cover them for all contingencies, ie for every car needing considerable warranty work there will be 20 or so that don't. Dealers also receive subsidies for end-of-model or EOFY sales.
  3. I've just struggled through series 2 of 'Marcella'. I had high hopes for this, as I enjoyed the first series, but series 2 just stretches the bounds of plausibility too far. Too many non sequiturs (the lesbian couple trying for a baby) and how come the killer is a character who's hardly figured in the plot. In real life, Marcella would have been sacked or jailed a long time ago, but there she is, blundering around completely out of control to the bitter end. In real life, her children would have been taken from her and her estranged husband and found a stable environment to live in. I think the meme (is that the right word?) of a socially dysfunctional but brilliant police officer with mental health issues, which began with 'The Killing' and 'The Bridge' has outstayed its welcome and should be given a rest.
  4. I take it this works direct from a CD player? (Sorry to ask, just for clarification.)
  5. If I encounter a problem with my (under warranty) car that is serious enough, in my opinion, to take it back to the dealer for attention, then I expect to be believed, not asked to produce 'evidence'. I would expect the dealer to run a complete set of checks and diagnostics on the car. If no fault can be found, then I have to take the dealer's word...however, as has happened here, if the fault recurs then I would expect an escalation of the problem with the manufacturer. Manufacturers should take these incidents seriously, as not only are their reputations at stake but also potentially legal liability if serious injury or death subsequently occurs. Your example from Subaru proves nothing, except that faults can occur in all vehicles, and that at least Subaru did something about it. You now seem to be acting as an apologist for the motor industry, especially dealers. Dealing with and fixing faults is part and parcel of doing business. If they can't handle that, then they shouldn't be in business.
  6. I think all that is required is a bit of honesty and willingness to accept that consumers don't normally go to the bother of taking a product back for attention unless they genuinely believe it has a problem. I don't know if you've read the details of the Mazda case, but many of the complaints revolve around cars losing power and becoming dangerous to drive. Consumers were told there were no problems, only to have the issue repeat itself.
  7. What is at play here isn't whether Mazdas (or any other make of car for that matter) are unreliable or faulty, but how car manufacturers and their dealers treat customers who have legitimate rights under Australian consumer law. Buying a car is the second largest purchase that most people will make, after a house. However, the balance of power after purchase between manufacturer and purchaser is very lop-sided. Purchasers are reliant on dealers to address legitimate problems that arise during warranty. What has come to light here is a consistent flouting of consumer law by Mazda and its dealers, denial of consumer rights and even strong-arm tactics to force purchasers to accept compensation, leaving them $000s out of pocket. The ACCC would not have taken action against Mazda unless it was forced to; like most regulatory agencies, it prefers to avoid court action by seeking legally-enforceable undertakings.
  8. No, but ram raids were, with the WRX as the car of choice. That is what prompted Subaru to go into overkill with their security sytems. I agree about insurance. I never had any problems with my B4. Why would insurance companies not want to insure the most secure cars on the road?
  9. I had a 2002 B4 with that security system and it terrified me. From memory, you had two minutes from opening the door to get strapped in and turn the engine on, otherwise it would go into protect mode and require the PIN to be re-entered. There were other overkill features, all well-intentioned, but with the end result of making driving a bit of an anxious experience at times.
  10. Send your message in Italian and English. Make sure your English message is in simple straightforward standard English, avoiding jargon and slang that could be misinterpreted by a translation program.
  11. I am in the same boat as you, but I am primarily interested in the Klipsch Forte IIIs, which consistently get good reviews as very enjoyable and involving speakers. although in the end result not as refined as some others in the same price range. Reviewers noted that Klipsch have done a good job of avoiding any harshness or stridency in the top end. However the Klipsch stockist in Canberra only has the Heresys, and even then not all the time. The Stereophile review of the Fortes measures them at just over 95dB sensitive, not 99dB as claimed by Klipsch, but that's till pretty sensitive. If I had a pair I'd probably go for a valve amp, or SS class A amp, of around 50Wpc.
  12. It would be helpful if you could provide full-frontal photos of both stands in good light and, as rossb has suggested, dimensions, otherwise potential buyers won't be able to know if they are the correct height and size for their speakers. Skylan make a couple of different centre-post models.
  13. I would say around 50 wpc. Probably uses 6072As as inputs and 12AT7s as drivers.
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