Them’s the brakes
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.