A breath of fresh air
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