GTO’s hot property
I am wondering what I should do with my 2002 HSV GTO, badged 84 and with 70,300 original kilometres. I have no idea if I should hang on to it or sell it. I drive it once a week a few kilometres to work just to turn the motor over. It is garaged in a secure undercover building. Would it gain value if I kept it or is it losing value the older it gets? I never see any for sale, so is it sought-after? Kerri Stoddard, email Glass’s Guide analyst Rushad Parkar replies: “The values of these models have been improving and are now quite strong and likely to continue to improve in the short and long term. This relatively lowmileage vehicle would sell for about $35,000. The market for V8 performance cars is quite strong and, with the demise of local production, is likely to remain so. Original, unmodified vehicles are particularly sought after.”
I will be updating my 2012 Mazda CX-5 diesel Grand Touring in the next three months and I am considering the new CX-5 or an Audi Q3 Quattro. I read the good reports about the new CX-5 in Carsguide. What’s your opinion on the Audi Q3 petrol as a rival for the CX-5 Maxx Sport petrol? Alex Genoese, email I am not a great fan of the Q3. The CX-5 gets The Tick and has also just had a slight update with several improvements. The Mazda is also bigger and cheaper, which makes it a nobrainer for me.
I have been driving Land Rovers for over 10 years and decided it was time to treat myself to the current model Range Rover Sport, an HSE SDV6, as retirement looms. I have also been looking at the BMW X5, 30d or 40d, which seems better value. I don’t do any serious offroading and intend to keep this car for eight to 10 years. John Carroll, email The Range Rover is fantastic and a personal favourite but the BMW also gets The Tick. Neither will be cheap if something goes wrong after the warranty. I would have a Range Rover badge every time.
OIL DRIED UP
Here is a gauge and testament to the improved design and engineering of today’s cars. My wife and I have used an underground car park in Melbourne for 30 years. Initially, we found the leaking oil from the engines of the parked cars had steadily created patches in the bitumen overlay of the concrete slab floor. You had to be sure not to step in these and then track it back to your own car’s carpet. However, in the past 10-15 years, pools of leaking oil no longer permeate the car park. The bitumen has been relaid and it’s as dry as. Brian Chenu, email
I bought an automatic 2013 Ford Ranger in March and had nothing but problems. I rely heavily on this vehicle as a tool of my trade. Firstly, the transmission would not go past second gear. It was initially diagnosed as the transmission computer, but it got worse and was towed to a dealership. Then I was told the transmission would have to be sent away for a proper diagnosis. I was eventually told it had been repaired. But, just a few days later, driving at 60km/h it abruptly skidded to a halt in the middle of a busy road. Shaun Curnow, email Ford Australia customer service chief Stephen Kruk tells me the transmission has been repaired under warranty. A loan car was supplied while the vehicle was off the road.
My Mini Cooper has a faulty
Get up and go: An HSV GTO coupe should attract plenty of interest on the second-hand market;
Ford Ranger, right