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I’m one of those lucky owners of a Great Wall that has asbestos gaskets. Would you leave them in place or would you be demanding them all to be replaced?
Simon Vincent, email There is no reason to have them removed, as they’re not doing any harm. But you should demand their removal as a protest against the Chinese brand playing fast and loose with Australian regulations. The rest of the world has shunned asbestos. GOODNEWSDEPT I thought I would send you a good news story. I own a 2010 Nissan 350Z convertible, which I bought second-hand about 12 months ago and which still has six months left on the warranty. I noticed the convertible top had developed a small rip just behind the driver’s head. It looked as though it had somehow got caught in the roof mechanism and it grew bigger mainly due to the top being raised and lowered. I finally got around to taking it to my local Nissan dealer to see whether it would be covered under warranty. There was never any push back from the service manager, who promised to refer this to Nissan HQ for a decision after a few photos and video were taken of the problem. Nissan approved the warranty replacement without question and, after a short wait for a replacement fabric top to arrive from Japan, it was replaced as good as new. I take my hat off to Nissan for the positive experience and I will definitely be buying Nissan in future.
Murray Motroni, email We are contacted by lots of Carsguide readers about bad experiences so it’s great to hear from someone who is happy. THE SPIRIT OF ’82 As you are well aware, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the last 100 per cent designed and manufactured Australian V8 Falcons. Going back through my records I found an article written in September 1999, ‘‘Reviving Spirit of ESP’’. It would be fitting to see such an article written again in November in the Used Car section marking this anniversary. If you choose to do so I would like to offer my car, one of the 178 examples of the XE ESP 351 manual that were made in 1982, to illustrate the article. Of those, only a handful were painted white-overcharcoal. Since I have owned the car for the past 15 year I have done my best to collect all articles related to the ESP.
We’ve got Graham Smith on the job. TAKEALIBERTY I’ve had a Toyota Camry sedan, 1997 model, for 10 years. In addition, sadly I had a Mitsubishi 380 hail damaged and written off on Christmas Day. I have three teenage girls and a rottweiler who thinks she’s a person. Both vehicles were too big for me — I’m a tiny 160cm with a back injury. I’m I have a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara and am hoping to sell for $15,000-$16,000 due to the ridiculously sized cargo and cabin space with child seats. If I add another $10,000 and spend no more than $25K, I should be able to get myself into an ’08 onwards two-wheel drive Toyota Kluger. Am I right in thinking this is the biggest SUV in terms of luggage capacity and seating space for the amount I want to spend? Can you suggest something else?
Gilles Theophile, email The Kluger may not be the biggest but it’s the best and our choice. You could look at a Ford Territory for size comparison but we’d still go for the Kluger.
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