Golf keeps out of rough

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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


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.’’

2013’S LUCKY

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.

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