GTO’s hot prop­erty

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Roadside Assist -

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.”

MAXX FAC­TOR

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.

DUAL HONOURS

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

LOAN RANGER

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.

POOR TIM­ING

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

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