Pul­sar for price

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I’M con­sid­er­ing a new Nis­san Pul­sar SSS auto or a two-year-old VW GTI. There are many new Pul­sars with the pre­vi­ous year’s build plates, which I imag­ine could be cheap. Would you rec­om­mend any­thing else? Stephen Jeb­son, email The GTI is a much bet­ter drive and a much bet­ter car. But if price comes first you’ll get a great deal on a Pul­sar, in­clud­ing the ST-S that comes with the SSS en­gine and is hugely over­stocked. We are not quite sure whether or not to buy a new 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 luxury or the 2015 Mazda CX-5. It will be the fam­ily car and we have two teenagers. We like both cars but we are not sure which will be bet­ter. Sa­muel Basha, email The CX-5 is best in class but the Volvo is a class above, in the pres­tige cat­e­gory. Both get The Tick from me, but if price is not a prob­lem I’d go for the XC60. I checked out the new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport and it is in­deed a great look­ing car with a fab­u­lous in­te­rior. How­ever, it is dis­ap­point­ing that the new In­ge­nium en­gines did not make the cut at launch. Es­pe­cially the new diesel which is sup­posed to be ul­tra­mod­ern and cut­ting edge in sup­pres­sion of noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness. I’d con­sider one of th­ese cars but not with the new en­gine be­ing with­held at launch. It’s old tech in a new car. A shame re­ally. Any idea why they did this and when we can ex­pect to see the new In­ge­nium en­gines? For me it’s a deal breaker. Peter Steele Jaguar Land Rover is still build­ing up its pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of In­ge­nium en­gines. The first car to get the diesel will be the new Jaguar XE. The first Dis­cov­ery Sports with the new en­gines should ar­rive in the lat­ter half of this year. Af­ter read­ing the scam alert in the Carsguide I re­mem­ber ring­ing about a Toy­ota Land­Cruiser that was too cheap to be true. This bloke said he was in the army and just posted over­seas and had to sell quick. His car was in a con­tainer and he would ship it to wher­ever and … in the mean­time you had to put your money in a PayPal hold­ing ac­count. John de Wit, email If we can save one per­son with a few scam­mer warn­ings it’s worth­while. I bought a new VW Pas­sat in 1976 then early in 1978, as a more re­cent owner ex­pe­ri­enced, the ig­ni­tion bar­rel failed. VW couldn’t sup­ply a re­place­ment even though it was a com­mon prob­lem. Rather than wait for a new one, I got one from a wrecker and it lasted only a year. I de­duced that the prob­lem was the plas­tic body: it wasn’t strong enough to sup­port the weight of a heavy key ring. So I cut down the num­ber of keys to three essen­tials — car key, house and garage en­try keys only — and the next ig­ni­tion bar­rel lasted un­til a tan­gle with a truck killed the poor Pas­sat in 1983. Les Lyons, email That sounds like good ad­vice.

Cracker deals: Nis­san’s Pul­sars

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