Newsletter No 26

22 December 2005




I have been reprimanded by someone for not sending these newsletters out to him, for a few issues. I am sorry but my Mailing list is (hopefully was) somehow corrupted. If this happens again, please mail me to the effect “The last Newsletter I received is #26, what is happening ?”


A Dyno tests a car under all conditions, even the most extreme ! So if you do not want me to punish your baby, please tell me.

Amongst other “surprises”, I have had a Diff seize and then got told, I should have checked it first.

Countless 2.7 Hilux have lost their speedo cable while testing and recently a Colt popped an aircon pipe in my care. No, I do not abuse anyone’s vehicle, but if there is something wrong with it, chances are pretty good that it will break while testing.


I just want to delve into warranties. If you have your Car worked on by me or any other shop, and it subsequently shows an unwelcome symptom (like overheating); do not ignore that ! Driving a Car to death will often void your Warranty. Once your car goes sick, stop and phone/see a Doctor. I have an acquaintance that picked up a new car from a dealer, after repairs. It subsequently ran hotter than before. Instead of notifying the dealer and asking for advice, he drove it until it started using oil, as the rings had lost their tension. In the end his claim was not honoured, as he ignored the warning signs.


Ryan who had been working together with me since 1994 has recently resigned to get on with life.

I can understand this fully. He is just over 30 and if one wants to make a move in life, this can be it.


Therefore I am looking for a person to run the mechanical side of my shop as from 2006.

a Understanding on the principles of the 4-stroke petrol driven internal combustion Engine is a prerequisite.

Logical thinking & Fabrication skills would be an advantage

I pride myself in excellence in Workmanship but do not put undue pressure on my Employees, as long as the job goes out perfect !

Decisions on what jobs to take in and job planning therefore get done mutually.

This prompted me also to make a change to my business, doing:

Exhaust systems

UNICHIP and GOTECH engine management systems

Do performance modifications and tune-ups, with occasional Engine rebuilds.

As you know, all details to be found on my Website.

If you know of somebody suitable, please let me know or Fax 061-216883

If you wish to discuss this Telephonically 081-124 0375


In the meantime I will have time to think where I want to steer my company next. It has been very successful and mostly fun for me, since its Namibian inception in 1993. But as all things in life- change is inherent.



Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter/summer solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of

your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . .


. . and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society

have helped to build Namibia, (not to imply that Namibia is necessarily better than any other country or is the only "Namibia" in the hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee.


By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for

her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.  This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.


Seriously folks........have a safe and happy holiday season and prosperous New Year.

If you need me I’ll be around (+264-81-124 0375) and checking my eMail occasionally


Nick von Bergen


Take the best there is and improve it. If it does not exist, create it. Never accept anything that is nearly right or good enough. - Sir Henry Royce