Calais built to last
I’m considering buying the new Holden VF Calais V V6, but I am concerned about potential issues down the track with resale value and parts availability, given that it’s the last Commodore. Do you think resale value will be affected much? How long will Holden guarantee parts and is this concern warranted?
Rob, email Given the absolute class of the VF package, the car is likely to do better on resale. Parts will not be a problem for at least 15 years. As for concerns, Holden still wants to make cars in Australia and, even if it stops, it will not be abandoning our country.
IN THEROUGH I am interested in your opinion of the latest Volkswagen recall. I have two VWs in the family and I am concerned thatVW will not be able to manage the 25,928 recalls stated to me via email. In your experience is this recall achievable and at what time frame? Is the second-hand VW market reflecting these issues, and do you think I
should wait for the recall to happen before considering trading in?
Alan Dillon, email VWGroup has a plan for staggered repair work, as parts arrive, so there is no drama on that front. Inevitably, Golf values will be hurt and the impact is already being felt.
CAVEAT EMPTOR I recently bought a Volkswagen Amarok knowing full well about the Carsguide wariness of Eurocars generally, and VWs in particular. I made my decision based on a lot of research and, not insignificantly, a bunch of awards given to the Amarok by various publications since the vehicle was released a couple of years ago. But why have VWs been continually lauded in the press (COTY, World Car of the Year etc) when those in the know – you lot in journo world – have known for years about their quality problems? Every VW review for the last few years should, clearly, have
come with a warning to the effect that the review bears no relationship to living with VW products in the real world and anyone buying one does so at their own significant risk.
Andrew Tobin, email
We can only judge cars as we find them and we have not had a single failure of any one of the dozens of Volkswagens we’ve tested. That said, the
Carsguide crew has continually complained about the functionality of VW’s DSG transmissions, service costs and warned about their use in the real world. As for the awards, there’s no denying VW designs, engineers and builds great cars. It also now has capped-price servicing for six years and provides guarantees on DSG.
THE iLOAD HAS IT I amjust about to buy a van an I am tossing-up between the Toyota HiAce or Hyundai iLoad. Do you suggest any others? Especially as I would much rather go automatic.
Andrew Maccora, email We would go for the iLoad every time. It’s a newer design, cheaper and comes with a five-year warranty.
MOVING FORD I couldn’t help but have a laugh at your recent Ford Mustang article, and specifically Bob Graziano’s comment: ‘‘I don’t think we would use GT on any other vehicle.’’ Do these yanks think Australians are totally brain dead? Do they think we’re not aware of the world? We are not Americans. The top selling Mustang in the US is the GT and the GT tag has been used in the US since 1966 on Mustangs, Fairlanes, Torinos. Let’s hope when the Mustang gets here it is not called the ‘‘Falcon’’ Mustang or some such crap.
DEMOTRAIT I am looking to buy a small car for about $20,000. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the values and differences between Suzuki Swift and Ford Focus. Or maybe something that is even better value that may be worth considering. Also, is it worthwhile considering a demo model over new.
Peter McGrath, email The Swift is a better buy but the best value in that price category is the Hyundai i30, helped by its five-year warranty. A demo car will be better value, especially if you can get one before June 30, but check the build date to ensure it’s not old stock.