Golf keeps out of rough
I would appreciate your views on theVWGolf MkVII 103TSI Highline. Over the years we have driven Ford Falcons and had no problems but are now looking to purchase a new more compact size vehicle and have been looking at the VW. Our concerns are the DSG gearbox, so has this problem been sorted out? What about the smaller engine — how will it handle the Aussie conditions?
Joseph Natoli, email
We believe the MkVII has none of the earlier problems and it is a fantastic car, much more refined than even a Falcon. It’s still going to be a strong contender come Car of the Year time.
I read with interest the number of oil consumption issues with the VE Commodore. Mine’s a Series II, bought new in 2011, and has covered 49,000 trouble-free kilometres with no consumption-related problems. The only blot on the service books was a timing cover gasket that was allegedly weeping and was replaced at the third service. Aside from that, I love it. I’m looking longingly at a VF, maybe an SS-V Redline, but that’s want versus need. I have no complaints with my SV6 so am I lucky or is it simply that bad news goes further and faster than good?
Helmut Rocis, email
Not all Holden V6s in the VE have the problem but it’s something Holden needs to address, soon, to avoid the grief of Volkswagen-style negative coverage.
I read with some amusement the letters sent to you by people complaining about faults found in various makes of cars, often new cars. Many of these faults are annoying at best and some downright dangerous at worst. Surely is it reasonable to expect that modern cars would be properly built and engineered and could be driven under normal conditions without problems. Not being one who wishes, or can afford, to spend big dollars on cars, I recently replaced a Hyundai Terracan which had served me faithfully for five years with a turbo diesel Ssangyong Korando SX. To say I am extremely happy with my purchase would be an understatement. It goes like stink, has all the ‘‘bells and whistles’’ youll find in the more expensive makes, can pull my caravan with ease and is a joy to drive. Despite all the publicity about problems being experienced with popular brands of modern cars, people keep buying them. Maybe it’s time for car buyers to look outside the square.
Dennis Mason, email
HAVING A LENS
I was told by a Volkswagen salesman that the rear-view camera is about to be removed from the Golf Highline 1.4TSI. Is that correct, or is it so I should buy quickly? Is it worth waiting for the new Mazda 3 to compare? What do you know of the new Mazda3 and do you think it will be better than the Golf.
Bill Horsfall, email
We think the Golf is still likely to trump the 3— that said, we have yet to test-drive the Mazda on Australian raods. As for the camera, VW spokesman Karl Gehling says:
‘‘ No, that is not correct. Golf Highline will continue to be offered with RVC.’’
I’m looking at buying a 2012 or 2013 Grand Cherokee by Jeep. Which one shall I pursue? All I know is that the 2013 model is now an eight-speed auto, changed from a five. I’m also looking at diesel.
Sergio Calvaresi, email
It’s definitely worth getting the 2013, particularly as you can also choose rear-wheel drive and save some money. Diesel is only worthwhile if you’re covering more than 30,000km a year.