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CREWMAN TROU­BLE

I WISH some­one would do the Holden Crewman (right) the right way. If any of the car man­u­fac­tur­ers, de­sign­ers or mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives had both­ered to visit the GM-Holden show­rooms or mo­tor show stands at the time of the Crewman’s re­lease, rather than bunker­ing down in the cor­po­rate bar, they would have seen po­ten­tial buy­ers gath­er­ing around the ve­hi­cle talk­ing about the four-door ute be­ing the an­swer to their prayers.

Al­most with­out ex­cep­tion how­ever, as soon as they dis­cov­ered the in­ad­e­quacy of the back seat for fam­ily or com­mer­cial use — and the fact the tray was way too big for this type of ve­hi­cle, thereby mak­ing the over­all length too long — their dis­ap­point­ment was au­di­ble. Clearly, small trucks like the Rodeo, Tri­ton, HiLux and the Courier were not meet­ing their needs but now they were stuck with them.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the con­cept, de­spite GMH’s ap­palling at­tempt, is con­firmed by the con­tin­u­ing high re­sale value of the Crewman, with all its flaws. Rather than ad­mit­ting the short­com­ings of their de­sign and re­design­ing it to meet po­ten­tially huge cus­tomer de­mand, GM-Holden’s ex­ecs have sought refuge in mar­ket­ing mumbo-jumbo.

Den­nis O’Keefe, email The bot­tom line on the Crewman was it never made money for Holden. Faced with the mas­sive cost of an all-new de­sign on the VE it was never go­ing to be a starter. These days a project as big as the Crewman also needs to work on the ex­port front for Holden and no-one in the US was re­motely in­ter­ested, de­spite con­tin­u­ing sup­port for the Com­modore ute.

TAK­ING A LIB­ERTY

I AM in the mar­ket to buy a car in the range of $15,000 to $20,000 and was think­ing about a used Subaru Lib­erty. I am a 32-year-old sin­gle male and don’t want a big car so if you could sug­gest a few cars and where are good places to buy it would be very ap­pre­ci­ated.

Ben, email Why go for the Lib­erty? It’s pretty big and your $15,000-$20,000 will get you a bet­ter car in an Im­preza from the same fam­ily; ex­cel­lent safety, good driv­ing, great brand.

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