FUEL FOR THOUGHT
I KNOW it sounds like a silly question, but do you have any idea how much oil is left in the world?
I’m asking because that affects what type of engine I should buy in our (live with elderly mum) next car.
My thinking is a diesel can easily be tuned to cope with bio-fuels, whereas petrol-powered cars cannot.
Also, I’m 47 and my mum is 77 (and has had a hip replacement and doesn’t drive) and we both find it difficult to get in and out of a 2000 model Toyota Corolla (great car) because the seats are too low.
Cars that appear high so mum could swivel her backside without having to climb up into or stoop down into include a small four-wheel drive such as a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.
Cameron Syme Mount Waverley I could write a book on this one, because no one really knows the future of oil. Some experts say we have already reached the peak of oil supply and are on the downward slope, others say more is still being created. And the situation will continue to change because exploration of areas that were uneconomic when oil was $50 a barrel become worthwhile at more than $100 a barrel. So the short answer is not to let fuel supply dictate your choice, but to go for something that makes the best use of the fuel available today. As for car choice, look first at a Subaru Forester because it is a car with a slightly higher riding position. If that’s not enough, the CRV and RAV4 are good if you’re not going into the bush.
ON THE WAGON TRAIL
I NEED to buy a new wagon soon and saw the Holden Sportwagon at the Melbourne Motor Show. Holden wouldn’t tell me if a diesel engine would be available.
What do you think of the Passat diesel wagon? Colin Paine
FLUSH WITH REQUIREMENTS
I AMlooking to buy a four-cylinder sedan with the following requirements: automatic; front, side and curtain airbags; electronic stability control; pollen-filtered airconditioning; runs on unleaded petrol; reverse sensing warning system; enough head and leg room for a tall driver; a full-sized spare tyre in the boot.
What brands/models would you recommend for less than $35,000? Edward
email Go straight to a Toyota showroom and choose the car that ticks all the boxes; you will probably want a Camry but the budget may mean a Corolla.
HYUNDAI SALES PITCH
I HAVE a 2004 Hyundai auto sedan with 55,300km, serviced books etc. I’m looking at the Hyundai i30. Do you think I should trade it in or sell privately, and what is it worth? It’s impossible to value your car without knowing the model, so go to the Glass’s Guide or Red Book websites. The Hyundai i30 is good, but you are almost certain to do a better deal if you can sell privately. Ed
Vic Dey email I AMlooking to replace my 2004 Camry V6 Sportivo soon and spend up to $40,000.
I travel about 45,000km a year including 130km, mostly country, a day to work and back.
I like the look of the new Mondeo turbodiesel but am a bit worried that a four-cylinder engine would struggle with the number of kilometres.
I amalso considering a six-cylinder Toyota Aurion. Colin Henry
Romsey There is no reason to question the ability or longevity of the turbodiesel in the Mondeo. Do not buy the Aurion just because it is a V6. A proper test drive will prove the point. Ed
Diesel dust: there are no plans for a diesel Holden Sportwagon.