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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.



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?



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.


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?


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.

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