Astate of suspension
The current Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo diesel seemed to be the perfect vehicle for one’s retirement; it could tow a large caravan, was acceptably economical, and had plenty of creature comforts. About all I could fault was the prehistoric foot-operated parking brake that took up so much of the driver’s foot well. But then I heard of an ex-Ford service manager who moved to a Jeep dealership and told a colleague that the current Grand Cherokees are “plagued with problems”. I’ve always considered that the number of times a make or model comes up in your column to be a good indication of what’s good and what’s not, and I can only recall a couple of letters complaining about noisy suspension. Have I missed something? Michael Cemm, email I wouldn’t put much store in hearsay as reliability surveys show Jeep is generally well regarded by its owners. That’s not to say it is 100 per cent trouble-free— no car is —but owners overall appear happy with their lot. Those who aren’t have mostly had troubles with electronics; usually they complain about the service they receive when they take their cars to their dealers to have them fixed.
Have you heard of the top spout of a VE Commodore V8 radiator breaking off, dislodging the top radiator hose? It did on my five-yearold car and cost me $550 plus fitting. Barry Thomson, email We’ve had no other reports of this issue but we’ve seen reports of the radiator failing. The plastic fitting in the radiator breaks away and you need a new radiator. It seems to occur when the car has done about 70,000km-80,000km. I’d press the dealer and Holden for a replacement radiator.
I recently bought a 2008 Toyota Corolla and when I went to register it the VicRoads website said it had been hail damaged. On the transfer documents there is an option for the seller to note if it has been in an accident or had hail damage, but this was not ticked. I bought the car from a newspaper ad, but now can’t contact the seller. I realise now I should have had the car checked before I handed over any money. What I should do next? John Swain, email If you bought it from a private seller you can only persist in trying to contact the owner and come to a settlement with him/her. If the vendor was a licensed motor car trader you can contact Consumer Affairs Victoria and seek their advice.
I amthinking of buying a new Subaru Forester 2.5 with the CVT and I want to know if the transmission up to towing a small caravan around Australia. I currently own a 2005 auto and this has been fine towing my van, but I'm not sure about the CVT. Alan Paxman, email The Forester with CVT is rated to tow 1500kg, but you also need to make sure you stay within the maximum weight limit for the car. Provided you are within those limits you shouldn't have any trouble with the CVT.
Ignore the hearsay: Carsguide reckons this Jeep is grand