Price is right
I just wanted to get your opinion on a car as I can get a great deal on a 2014-15 Hyundai Genesis for $47,000. Is that a good buy? And is the Genesis any good?
Vince DiGiacomo, email The Genesis is big, comfy and well equipped. Considering the starting price is $60,000 that looks like an excellent deal.
I am an owner of a scandalaffected, diesel-engined Volkswagen. It is my second diesel VW and I couldn’t care less about some “software that causes discrepancies in the values for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) during laboratory testing”. Armed police would not make me surrender it to be touched. I’ll buy a Prius if I think it makes any difference. And, I’d have another Golf in a blink.
Ken Hopkin, email Your loyalty is admirable but there is an abundance of evidence that oxides of nitrogen contribute to photochemical smog and can exacerbate respiratory problems. According to the environment department, this can cause people with asthma to have more frequent and intense attacks and can reduce immunity to lung infections.
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I guess the left-foot braking submissions in your Roadside Assist section can’t continue to occupy valuable space forever, so can KI get one last suggestion published? If an automatictransmission learner driver who has never, ever driven a car before and from day one — beginning with the first lesson — is taught to left-foot brake correctly, will that driver ever be involved in a pedal confusion accident? If your rational answer is no, let’s start teaching this procedure immediately.
John Maguire, email That seems like a good way to end this one.
SIX TRUMPS AN SUV
My son is looking for a second-hand car between $10,000 and $15,000. He’s been looking at SUVs no older than 2010 with as low kilometres as he can find and there seem to be quite a lot of Holden Captivas, fewer of the Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander and others of this size. The other option could be the Mazda6 wagon. What would you recommend?
Di Anwyl, email Definitely the Mazda6. It gets The Tick from me and wins over the SUVs on everything from fuel economy to comfort and quietness.
GOOD WARRANTY NEWS
I bought my Suzuki Swift Sport in 2013 and have a three-year/100,000km warranty. I cover a lot of kays a week and spend about an hour a day in stopand-go city traffic. In hot weather, when I put my foot down there would be no acceleration — I would have to pull over and pump the pedal for about 15 seconds before it would go again. The dealership said no problem was found after taking it for a drive around the block. In winter, I had no problem. Then, driving home, there was a loud bang and all of my warning lights came on. I got Suzuki to tow the car in and, after running diagnostics for the last week, they have found that the transmission has given up. Since I am at 94,000km and still in the three years I thought the warranty would cover it. But they are claiming that since I missed the 50,000km service, even though I’ve had the major 80,000km service, it will void my warranty.
Kirby Ansett, email There is good news. Suzuki’s Ruth John says: “In the case of a manufacturing defect within the warranty period, Suzuki Australia will certainly honour the warranty. In terms of the missed service, it isn’t an issue in this case as the missed service in no way contributed to the transmission issue.”
I have a problem with my new Suzuki S-Cross. I do most of my driving around town at 50km/h. At these speeds, the 1.6-litre engine labours at about 1100rpm and the vibrations are annoying, to say the least. I mentioned this problem at my first service and was told the vehicle was tuned for maximum fuel economy. I was also told not to use the Sport button but I have tried it several times and found the revs to increase to 2000 and thus, I assume, affect the fuel economy. But there is smoother cruising. What are my options as I’m sick of the incessant labouring of the engine, which surely can only do long-term damage.
Leo Pike, email Using the Sport mode will give much perkier response. Fuel consumption will increase a little but that’s the price of offsetting your current frustration.
My daughter is tossing up between a Ford Focus and a Kia Cerato, 2015 models and both dealer demos for $20,000.
Mick Lauenstein, email The Cerato is a great package. If she is a keen driver who wants the sporty feel of the Focus, go with the Ford.
Hyundai Genesis: Big, comfy and well equipped
Swift response: Warranty will be honoured