YARIS IS A SMART BUY
HAVING owned more than 60 cars in my 66 years of driving, I bought a Yaris 18 months ago and consider it to be smarter than George
February 29), who says the Toyota Yaris is not the smart car it’s made out to be. He feels sorry for owners because of the repair costs.
More important these days are the huge fuel bills and that is where my Yaris shines. In more than 9000km it has averaged 5.7 litres/100km.
It has seven airbags and a centraldash instrument panel that means I can see the large digital speedo without taking my eyes from the road.
The Yaris has only two faults, dull indicator lights that do not alert a driver that the indicator is still on after a lane change and annoying clutch shudder when reversing.
TERRITORY SET FOR FACELIFT
I PLAN to buy a Ford Territory, but have heard there is a facelifted version (with a new motor) due in June. If that is true, we would wait. Have you heard anything about this?
HOLDEN A CHINESE TAKEAWAY
I READ with much laughter about your recommendation to a reader about buying a Holden wagon as they, according to you, would be buying Australian. Are you kidding? Ask local automotive parts suppliers which parts suppliers Holden now goes to. Guess what pal, China. A large percentage of parts including cables and plastics are imported from there.
I work for an automotive parts supplier that was dumped by Holden along with other Australian suppliers.
Ask the workers in Melton who lost the contract to supply grilles and hubcaps to GM?
And why does Holden have to import steel to produce this car? We might as well all pack up and move to Asia.
Thanks to Ford, the company I work for can provide suitable employment for us, otherwise I, too, could very well be lining up at Centrelink.
I remember many years ago the catchy jingle, ‘‘we love football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars’’. That’s just a memory.
FRUGAL SUV SHORTLIST
Kyneton I AMconsidering buying a new SUV and, from my short list, wonder which you would recommend?
We don’t do a lot of kilometres, mainly short runs, so fuel efficiency is required.
The choices are Honda CRV, Mitsubishi Outlander, Holden Captiva (diesel), Mazda CX7, Toyota RAV4 (four cylinder), and Nissan Dualis.
I amalso concerned about published fuel-consumption figures, compared with those that are actually achieved (according to discussions on the internet). What’s your opinion?
MY PUG’S A DUD
Lower Plenty I HAVE decided to trade in my Peugeot 206CC because of all the problems I have had in the car’s first year.
The car is unreliable and I am always taking it into the service department to be fixed.
I amconsidering a Mitsubishi Lancer or Mazda6.
Which car has a better reputation and would be more reliable? And which car would depreciate in value most?
Top pick: the Honda CRV is hard to beat for quality and economy.