Them’s the brakes

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I bought a Hyundai ix35 in Oc­to­ber 2011 and love the car, but at the 18 months/25,000km ser­vice I was amazed when the dealer phoned to tell me my brake pads needed re­plac­ing. I carry my grand­chil­dren in my car reg­u­larly so didn’t want my brakes fail­ing. I was told it is usual for a car to have brakes re­placed be­tween 25,000km and 40,000km. I pre­vi­ously bought a Mazda Astina new and didn’t have to re­place the brakes for years. Is it usual for brakes to need re­place­ment so early?

Jill Loulier, email Cur­rent cars’ brakes wear more rapidly than your Astina be­cause as­bestos has been re­moved and be­cause mod­ern anti-lock sys­tems re­quire lots of in­stant bite. It’s com­mon in most brands. Also, an ix35 is a heavy SUV, not a lighter com­pact car like the Astina. VF’S THE ONE I’d like some ad­vice on buy­ing a Holden. I am­look­ing at the SV6 Z Se­ries but know the new VF is out soon. My mum­heard on the ra­dio it is a bet­ter car for a lower price, would this be cor­rect?

Sage Tedge, email

Yes, the VF is a much bet­ter car and the ba­sic bot­tom line is down by $5000. Go for a deal if you’re des­per­ate but the VF is worth the wait. And don’t rely on ra­dio as we’ve had the VF story from day one in Cars­guide. THE X5 FAC­TOR I live on a dirt road and en­joy driv­ing four-wheel-drives, even though I do not go off-road. I have a 2008 Range Rover Sport TD V8. It will be time to change it in a few months and I am toss­ing up be­tween a Vogue S petrol, VWTouareg V6 TDI and BMWX5 3.0D. I would love to get the new Range Rover but at a price of nearly $200,000 I strug­gle to jus­tify it.

Paul Han­cock, email We’d take the X5 ev­ery time from your short­list. NOTWORTHTHE FUSS I am­con­sid­er­ing the Toy­ota Rukus Build 3, as I like the look of it and pric­ing it up with re­verse cam­era to help with my re­stricted move­ment. Your thoughts on this one?

Peter Black­burn, email The Rukus is just a funky body over the top of a Corolla. If you like it then it’s the right choice but be warned— it has up­right seats and poor fuel econ­omy, as it’s big and boxy with only a four-speed auto. ASIGHT BET­TER I’m about to trade in my Subaru Forester with 140,000km for a new Forester 2.5L auto but I’m not sure if the Eye­sight tech­nol­ogy op­tion is a good idea. I read your re­cent ar­ti­cle on sim­i­lar op­tions and you seem to have a few reser­va­tions as to who is driv­ing the car.

Chris Collins, email We’re not in favour of sys­tems that take con­trol of the car or make you a worse driver. But Eye­sight is a good move and it’s worth hav­ing if it saves you once from a po­ten­tial disas­ter. SIL­VER SER­VICE I don’t have a prob­lem but I had to share. My Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI is an ’06 DSG with 60,000km. When I was driv­ing a month ago, there was an omi­nous clunk at full lock and there­after some hor­ri­ble me­chan­i­cal noises and a pud­dle of oil. Af­ter a RACQ tow toVW Austral in Bris­bane, the deal­er­ship vol­un­teered the in­for­ma­tion that the twisted drive­shaft and bro­ken gear­box were prob­a­bly their fault as a bolt had come loose on the drive­shaft re­lated to re­cent work. They lent me a car for two weeks and re­placed the DSG and all other parts at their ex­pense. To say I was blown away with Austral’s ser­vice is an un­der­state­ment as it must have cost thou­sands.

Ian Cunningham, email You can’t ar­gue with that. DEALERTHEMOUT I’ve just bought a new 2013 Jeep Grand Chero­kee diesel. The sales peo­ple were pro­mot­ing an ex­tended war­ranty pack­age for $2500. It cov­ers a two-year ex­ten­sion plus 24-hour road­side as­sist with ‘‘re­place or re­pair’’ of items ‘‘de­fec­tive in ma­te­rial or work­man­ship’’. All rou­tine car ser­vic­ing must be done by Jeep to keep it valid. Is it worth­while?

Richard, email Any­thing that locks you to the deal­er­ship is good for them but you can prob­a­bly get a sim­i­lar deal or bet­ter from an­other source. SOUL TRADERS I’m buy­ing a new Mazda CX-5 and am con­sid­er­ing the new Mazda colour Soul Red, which my wife re­ally likes. As it is new paint tech­nol­ogy (Mazda’s words not mine), I have asked Mazda Aus­tralia via Face­book what hap­pens if the car gets scratched or some kind of panel dam­age re­quir­ing paint re­pair. I re­ceived a post from the owner of a Soul Red Mazda that has stone chip dam­age — and as yet he has been un­able to find any­where to have it fixed be­cause of the colour.

Bren­dan Bishop, email

Mazda spokesman Steve MacIver says: ‘‘ Any Mazda dealer or PPG-ap­proved re­pairer will be able to as­sist any cus­tomers seek­ing re­pair work on Soul Red paint.’’ SAFETY BAGGED My daugh­ter owns a 2010 Toy­ota Yaris YR 1.3 auto and last week she had an ac­ci­dent. It was rain­ing and the car in front locked its brakes, so she hit the brakes, her wheels locked and the rest is his­tory. One con­cern is ABS isn’t com­pul­sory in mod­ern cars which would have helped in this case. How­ever, the ma­jor con­cern is the airbags didn’t de­ploy on this ma­jor front-end col­li­sion which has wiped out the front of her car. Thank­fully she only suf­fered a mi­nor back in­jury — but this would have been less­ened or avoided had the airbags gone off.

TonyRus­sell, email Airbags don’t trig­ger in ev­ery crash be­cause the front end is in­tended to crum­ple to ab­sorb en­ergy. Sen­sors mea­sure the im­pact ac­cu­rately. What seems like a ma­jor crash to the driver can some­times be less vi­o­lent than they think.

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