Pulsar for price
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
are hugely overstocked