In a class of its own
You were involved in the decision to name the Mercedes C-Class as Car of the Year, so I thought I’d buy one. But there are many C-Class models — C200, C250 etc. Which is the COTY — or are they all? Graeme Glass, email Our winner for 2014 is the C200. You really don’t need to spend more, unless you feel like an extra treat. It’s more than just The Tick from me.
CX-5 GETS MY TICK
Between Mazda CX-5 sport AWD at $38,000, Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD at $38,000 and Toyota RAV 4 GXL AWD at $38,000, which is best SUV to buy? Sashi, email The CX-5 is the best vehicle in your line-up and gets The Tick from me.
LESS THAN CAPTIVATED
A mate bought a Holden Captiva. In a bit over two years he’d done 122,000km and it was about to run out of warranty. Anyway, the thing shut down, got towed and it was an $11,000 fix under warranty — thankfully. These chuck-away cars may be good for mums picking up kids and shopping doing 10-15,000km a year, but... Shaun, email I think you’re being a bit harsh. I’m not a fan of the Captiva, but at least the dealer fixed it outside of the 100,000km warranty period.
NO 8-SPEED RANGER
We are looking at the Ford Ranger Diesel 3.2L after researching a Mazda BT50, VW Amarok and Isuzu DMax. We love the look and feel of the Ranger and will use it mainly for leisure/ caravan towing. We want to know if the revamped model due out this year will have an eight-speed automatic like some of its competitors. None of the Ford dealers has any information on this. Sam and Trent Hamilton, email The Ranger does get a refresh and Ford sources suggest no changes to the running gear but lots of new technology, including driver assistance on the high-series model. It will be on sale in the third quarter.
NOT SITTING PRETTY
The driver’s seat in my 2013 Ford Ranger, over a period of a couple of days, drops down so much so that I have to readjust it back to its normal position. This happens all the time and I have heard that this is a problem for other owners. Bringing my car back for its first service, I mentioned this to the service adviser who said they were aware of it but he added: “I don’t think Ford are going to do anything about this”. This is very frustrating as every time I get into the car I have to readjust the seat and it has done only 17,000km. Alan, email You’re not the first to report this and I know Ford is working on a fix. It should be ready in the next couple of months but I’ve passed your complaint on to Stephen Kruk, the right man for action at Broadmeadows.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Is Hyundai about to change the name of the ix35? I believe it’s going back to Tucson, which was the name of its family SUV in the past. Andrew Walton, email Your mail is right. Hyundai made the change this week.
WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE
Your Jeep Renegade test makes me wonder how any self-respecting SUV manufacturer, or other vehicle maker, can market a vehicle with no spare wheel. Do manufacturers realise the size of Australia’s Outback where there are no service facilities? Surely a spare wheel is one of the most important considerations when buying a vehicle. Sue and Malcolm Chivell, email Leaving the spare out of a vehicle saves money and weight, so lots of carmakers are now doing it.
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