Hatch back in favour
I am looking to upgrade to either a Mazda CX-3 or a Hyundai i30 SR. As I will be doing a fair amount of driving, should I look at a diesel?
Sue Marsh, email
The cars are vastly different, yet both get The Tick from me. The advantages of the Hyundai are more boot space, openroad comfort and the fiveyear warranty and service package. The Mazda is good on quality, but you’ll pay a bit for the “fruit”. Don’t get a diesel, despite the current cheap fuel price, unless you travel at least 30,000km a year, as diesel engines cost more than petrol.
KLUGER FOR VALUE
We are a going to be a family of five with two adults, two toddlers, and one on the way, and we are looking for a used family SUV. We’re looking at the Audi Q7 turbodiesel AWD 2011/2012, Ford Territory Titanium diesel 2013/2014 and Toyota Kluger petrol AWD 2013/2014. Which one would be best and the better in quality and lowcost maintenance?
Julie Kolyniuk, email On seven-seaters, the Territory runs last, the Kluger is fine and reasonable value and the Audi is definitely the car to reward yourself, but the Q7 could get very expensive if anything goes wrong.
HORSES FOR COURSES
Please help me choose between a 2013 Hyundai Elantra and 2013 Ford Focus Trend. All things being equal on price, kilometres etc.
Michael Ray, email Unless you really enjoy driving, the Elantra will be better on space and will have more factory warranty coverage.
i30’S THE NICER DRIVE
My husband and I are in our mid 60s and looking to upgrade from our 2002 Hyundai Elantra that we’ve had since 2003. What is the difference between the Hyundai Elantra and the i30 and which do you prefer? We mainly do city driving and have been quite happy with our old Elantra. Or is there another car that we should be looking at?
Kerri Hooker, email They are the sedan and hatch from the same mechanical platform, but unless you need the boot space the i30 is a nicer drive and more European in its look and feel.
I am having some difficulty dealing with Nissan regarding my 2012 Series 8 3-litre Patrol diesel which I bought new in March 2012 and would appreciate any advice as to who to write or talk to. Briefly, when the vehicle was around eight months old (about 33,000km) the solenoid that engages the standard differential lock was faulty and engaging the lock when I was driving. The differential had to be replaced and, although I have an extended Nissan warranty, they refused to replace it so I arranged to have a garage fit a secondhand differential. I approached Nissan and requested that they re-look at the case and replace the actuator and reimburse the cost of a second-hand differential as this was the obvious cause of the differential breaking down. But they will not reimburse the cost of the differential.
Alan Antoney, email Nissan spokesman, Peter Fadeyev, replies: “Nissan replaced the diff-lock solenoid and diff-lock actuator on Mr Antoney’s vehicle under its New Vehicle Warranty. More than 18 months later the customer sought a replacement differential but the problem was not due to a manufacturing fault so it was not repaired or replaced by Nissan. As the original differential problem was not repairable under the terms of his car’s warranty, and the replacement differential was a second-hand unit and not replaced by an authorised Nissan workshop, Nissan is unable to reimburse Mr Antoney for its cost”.
RENAULT STEPS IN
I bought a brand-new Renault Clio a year ago and have had problems from day one with brake fluid leaking out from under the cap on the reservoir. The brake
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