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I drive a 2006 Holden As­tra auto con­vert­ible and I am look­ing to re­place it with a sim­i­lar car in the $45,000-$50,000 price range. I have con­sid­ered a Golf cabri­o­let and Me­gane con­vert­ible and would ap­pre­ci­ate your rec­om­men­da­tion.

Si­mone Wal­lis, email The Golf is bet­ter than the Me­gane but, be­fore com­mit­ting, you should take a run in a Volk­swa­gen Eos be­cause of its greater flex­i­bil­ity beyond a straight-out con­vert­ible. GO JUMP Af­ter Carsguide’s ex­ploits in the Toy­ota 86, have you seen the Subaru BRZ in ac­tion? There are some great pic­tures of it jump­ing on the Isle of Man TT course.

Mark Hal­lett, email The BRZ won’t reach Aus­tralia un­til July and it’s un­likely to be do­ing any jump­ing here as Subaru Aus­tralia is rush­ing cars to cus­tomers, not jour­nal­ists. INTERESTWANES I have a 2010 Toy­ota Kluger Grande and love it. I have se­lected restaurants as an op­tion on the points of in­ter­est set­ting in the satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion. But how do I delete it? It’s show­ing hun­dreds of icons on the map page and is very dis­turb­ing.

Cal Klein, email Carsguide has or­gan­ised a Toy­ota spe­cial­ist to talk you back through the process to the main map menu but it’s a timely re­minder not to get too dis­tracted by any­thing in the cabin. Per­haps just check restaurants when you’re in ur­gent need of a feed. PRICE ISWRONG I have ad­ver­tised my car on the net and not one per­son has seen the car in two months. Am I ask­ing too much for my man­ual 2009 RAV4 at $22,000 or can’t any­body drive man­ual any more? It’s in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, with full Toy­ota ser­vice record and still un­der war­ranty.

Jeff Moy, email

It’s true that most Aus­tralians want au­to­mat­ics now, although a Carsguide reader re­cently had trou­ble shift­ing a SubaruWRXauto. But it’s likely down to the price, so match yours to sim­i­lar cars for sale and also check the true value through Glass’s Guide. GASSED UP What are your thoughts now on ded­i­cated gas on cars? With talk of the LPG price go­ing up, is it a good thing?

Kim, email If you do a lot of kilo­me­tres in a big car – and we’re talk­ing Com­modore ML IT OVER I am­look­ing at up­grad­ing my wife’s car. She’s cur­rently driv­ing a 2006 Nis­san Mu­rano Ti and we can’t go any big­ger be­cause of the garage. We have two kids, aged four and three, live in a metro area and don’t go away much. What are

We’ve just had a month with the new ML350 and it’s the first ML we’d hap­pily rec­om­mend to friends. It’s quiet, com­fort­able and feels rock-solid. It also av­er­aged 7.8L/100km on a long high­way run and less than 9.5 in mixed run­ning in­clud­ing city traf­fic and mo­tor­way. IN­SIGHT­FUL I was won­der­ing what you think of the Honda In­sight. I have a Subaru Im­preza and am tired of the big fuel bills (I travel

We’re not fans. We’d pre­fer a small-ca­pac­ity diesel for your sort of run­ning and the Volk­swa­gen Polo makes a strong case. NIS­SAN ... JUST If you had to choose be­tween good deals on Mit­subishi Tri­ton auto diesel 4x4 and Nis­san Navara auto diesel 4x4, which one would you take?

Robin Cook, email The Tri­ton’s styling puts some peo­ple off and we pre­fer the rep­u­ta­tion of the Navara.

Flex­i­bil­ity: The Volk­swa­gen Eos is worth check­ing be­fore de­cid­ing on a soft-top

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