When you’re on the hunt for a new car, it’s important to know the problems you might face down the road. We asked the expert mechanics at Alexander’s Import Auto Repair to tell us the most common repair needs of five popular automakers.

Common Subaru Repair Needs

Subaru’s are prone to head gasket failure. This feature of Subarus is due to boxer-style engine that’s found in nearly every Subaru on the road. Although head gasket replacement can be an expensive repair, it’s usually needed around the same time the timing belt is due to be replaced, meaning you’ll save on labor costs and kill two birds with one stone.

Honda Repairs Often Deal with Wear and Tear

Hondas are well made and experience relatively few issues as they age. For a handful of years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Honda transmissions were a source of concern. The transmissions on these vehicles didn’t seem to last beyond around 150,000 miles. In newer Hondas this problem has been remedied, but it’s still a good idea to have your transmission fluid replaced around every 60,000 miles. Replacing transmission fluids helps keep your vehicle’s systems in top shape and decreases the chances of needing transmission repairs.

 When it Comes to BMWs, Your Mileage May Vary

BMWs tend to vary from car to car when it comes to repair needs. Some vehicles will need their oil pan gasket replaced at 60,000 miles, while the next car won’t need it until 120,000 miles. With BMWs, it truly comes down to the individual vehicle and how it’s driven. However, there is one common problem found across different BMW models we’ll touch on.

As they age, BMWs become prone to electrical issues. Whether the issues are the lights, a control module, or another oxygen sensor (they have at least four) will again depend on the car. It should also be noted that, like Subarus, BMWs have been prone to gasket issues.

 Mercedes Benz Require High-Tech Tuneups

There’s no doubt Mercedes Benz is ahead of the curve when it comes to vehicle technology. The German luxury vehicle manufacturer is known for taking the time and resources needed to test and add new safety, vehicle monitoring, and convenience features to their vehicles as soon as possible.

This ongoing evolution means that more computers, called “control modules,” are present in each subsequent generation of Mercedes Benz vehicles. This advanced network of computers is prone to malfunction as Mercedes Benz vehicles age. Sometimes the fix can be as simple as a new sensor or updating the control modules. Other times, the control modules themselves need to be replaced.

Toyota Repair Needs: Few and Far Between

If there’s one thing Toyotas are known for, it’s longevity. Toyotas are extremely well made, and relatively easy to maintain.There are a few issues that come with Toyotas, but many of them are inexpensive to repair.

Like all vehicles, once Toyotas reach a certain age they become more likely to experience oil leaks. Many Toyotas … READ MORE

It is clear to see that the number of vehicles on our roads today has increased vastly over the past couple of decades. With this increase in vehicles, an increase in fuel consumption and in carbon emissions has followed. This has led to fuel resources being challenged and the environment suffering because of the pollution elements. Due to these changes in our lifestyles, an alternative fuel has been considered so researchers have been and still are looking for new sources of fuel.

One of these sources is used sunflower oil. Yes, it sounds a bit far-fetched like something out of a science fiction movie, but it has become a reality. Used oil is taken and then used in the chemical and bio fuel industry. There are designated used oil collectors that go around to various restaurants and other food establishments to collect all the used oil. Be sure to you check if the collector is certified. This task is beneficial to many parties in the following way. The restaurant is able to dispose of its used oil in a safe manner by handing it over to the used oil collector. The used oil collector creates jobs and relieves the restaurant of the burden of disposing of the used oil. The bio fuel industry receives a new basis ingredient for biodiesel. They are able to chemically transform the used oil into a usable form of biodiesel.

Biodiesel can be used in trucks as an alternative to diesel fuel. It is able to power the vehicle in a similar way as every day diesel does. However, whereas standard diesel emits much toxic fumes, biodiesel is less harmful to the environment because it is a resource that stems from nature originally.

If you have a restaurant or food establishment that discards of a lot of used oil, it is worth considering the used oil collector route. This will also strengthen your customer base because your restaurant will be helping the environment in finding alternative fuel solutions. Many people are very careful in how they affect the environment and how they can lower their carbon footprint. So if they know that your business ethically disposes your used oil and that the oil is used in the manufacture of biodiesel, they will support you more.

Biodiesel is a great alternative to diesel and it is a benefit to everyone involved in the process. Next time, think twice about how you discard your used oil.

Our core focus at Golden Fry is to provide specially customized products and services to Restaurants, Take-Aways, Food Manufacturers, Caterers, Wholesalers, Supermarkets and Spaza Shops. We are an approved used oil collector that supplies Biodiesel to businesses.

Our Range includes: Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Soya Oil and Blended Oil.


It’s been a few years since several electric saloons started getting rave reviews – notably, of course, the Tesla range.

Not only were they generating good performance figures but things such as their range and re-charge times seemed to indicate that they were practical. So, no longer did someone have to think about making a 500 kilometre journey in several stages and over several days, to allow for re-charging or battery swaps.

Go back say 5 years and everybody was predicting that by now, we’d all be deafened by the silence of our roads as everything changed to a quiet hum. The odd combustion-engine car would be looked at with disgust or sympathy and we’d all have clean air around us as a benefit too.

However, it hasn’t happened. Why is that?

Price rears its ugly head

Some of the most admired electric cars and those which often, in range and performance terms, are the most appealing, remain highly expensive.

Some models retail at around $US100k. Even for major businesses and prestigious limousine hire companies, these are prices that will cause anyone to blink when reading those ads.

True, there are more modest cars around too. That’s great news but then things start getting complicated in terms of battery ‘issues’ (leased, owned, life expectancy, swap-over periods) and so on. Some commentators have observed that a doctorate in mathematics is required to try and work out just how much the ‘bottom line’ is and when you get there, suddenly that smaller car isn’t looking quite as ‘small’ in price terms.


For much of the mass market, performance is a secondary issue. Yes, you can drool over the Tesla-S and other such prestigious marques that can reach 60mph before you’ve even got into the car but in reality, such performance is entirely irrelevant in most driving environments which are urban or sub-urban.

Joe public might enthuse over the performance figures of a Ferrari but that doesn’t mean they’re going (or be able) to buy one.

What the typical purchaser wants to know in electric car performance terms is:

  • Will this vehicle tackle steep hills?
  • How will it handle gridlocked traffic jams in terms of power consumption?
  • What’s its range before needing a recharge?
  • How long will it take to recharge?

Now surprisingly, although these questions aren’t exactly rocket science, firm figures aren’t easy to come by when looking at many electric car ads. When you do see them, things start to sound an awful lot like the ‘old days’ for electric vehicles.

Whole tables of data start to appear. For example, figures which say the range of a car before recharge is 250 miles/ 400kms might not sound too impressive. They certainly sound a loss less impressive again (bordering scary) when little caveats are attached saying things like “may be less in winter“. Many ordinary buyers will want to leave home in bad weather knowing they’ll get there – not departing on a “let’s wait and see what READ MORE

Distance driving is an exhausting activity to do especially if you are alone with no one to watch you or help you navigate. There are ways to stay aware during the long drive during the night, day and horrible weather.

Always have a well-rested sleep before getting into the car. Having too much or too little will leave you feeling tired and weak. This will cause you not worry much about what’s in front of you.

Allowing yourself to take bathroom breaks is extremely important. It is a fact that a full bladder will affect you more than a high alcohol intake.

Caffeine or coffee is probably the first thing that you would want to take before leaving for your trip. Caffeine is known to keep a person awake and to start the metabolism process. What you don’t want to do is overload it with sugar. If you have a higher sugar level you will end up shaking and noticing things that aren’t important. This is important during any night driving because of the darkness that has metaphorically swallowed the streets.

Make sure that you have a bottle of water whether it’s cold or temperate. You need water in your system to keep your body going and your brain aware. If the weather is extremely hot you might want to take more than one bottle. The brain uses more energy than the body so you will need to keep feeding it.

Eating before leaving keeps your energy levels up and keeps you going. You have to always give the brain fuel for thinking. Try to take fatty foods with you such as nuts or dried fruits to give you a bit more of a kick start.

Don’t allow adrenaline to take over your body. If you allow that feeling to take over your body you could end up in an accident. Take the trip slowly and calmly. Impulsiveness can be the result of your blood pumping due to anxiety.

The best idea when travelling far is to bring a person along with you. It’s never recommended to drive alone in case something happens to you. The person travelling with you could also point out road signs that you may not see because of your exhaustion.

Always make sure that your body is prepared to take on a road trip that is across the country. Stay focussed and keep your tyres on the road. Be calm and energized with the correct food and drink.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.