Readers have their say about everything on wheels
WE ARE looking to replace our 1998 Honda Civic GLi three-door auto hatchback which has done 80,000km. It is used for shopping and going to golf. We have looked at the Peugeot 207 Sportium, the VW Polo and the Mazda3 Neo hatchback, all five-door auto hatchbacks of similar size to the Civic. We would appreciate your opinion of these three cars. Ian and Vivienne Roberts, email The Peugeot rates last, for size and quality, with the Polo an excellent choice, but the Mazda is the winner for its size, quality and value.
IWOULDnot recommend Hyundai service. Two months ago I took my car, a 2006 Sonata, back for a leaking head gasket. It took two days to diagnose and five days to fix. The problem was very evident — you could see the residue under the gasket and the oil could not have fallen from anywhere else. Yet their initial response was that the oil came from the sump gasket and, as I was driving, it pushed its way up to the top of the motor. I am not joking.
Ashley Sampson, email So that’s another owner unhappy with their Hyundai dealer.
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WE ARE looking to reduce fuel costs. We have a three-year-old Ford Territory and are thinking of getting something like a Holden Captiva or a Kia seven-seater. We occasionally tow a 4.5m caravan, about 1500kg, but we are not looking for a 4WD particularly. We have been told that changing to diesel will reduce our fuel costs. We spend about $140 a week on fuel for the Territory.
Mark Anderson, email You have to travel about 30,000km a year before diesel makes sense as a money saver. The Territory is better than the Captiva, but the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage are excellent choices and come with diesels.
Hatches: the Mazda3 Neo (above) offers the best overall value when compared with the Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 207 (below).