Visit from Bluetooth fairy
I’ve just had the 45,000km service done on my Hyundai Tucson Highlander diesel and, when booking it in, did my usual rant about the poor Bluetooth. I also asked for a software update for my entertainment system as the kids complain there’s still no Apple CarPlay. Well, I’m pleased to tell you I now have Apple CarPlay — and decent Bluetooth. Wonder of wonders, I can now talk to clients on the car Bluetooth and not on my little Garmin GPS. So our complaints must have had something done at Hyundai Australia. I’m still pleased with this car, after 10 months, as basic service costs have been cheap, it has consumed just two air filter elements and a set of wiper inserts. The $600 Continental tyres are now showing some wear but having five to rotate will see them do another 45,000km, hopefully. It’s a great car for my city sales rounds and 2000km nonstoppers back home to the Gold Coast. Michael Cox, email That’s good to hear. I know there were plenty of waves at Hyundai HQ after we highlighted the poor performance of the “Blu-toot” in many of the group’s cars.
GO STRAIGHT FOR BENZ
I am looking to buy an SUV coupe and there are two contenders in my shortlist at the moment. The coming Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d Coupe is looking great with AMG-line livery. I have read a few reports about the GLC Coupe with very positive feedback. Also, the BMW X4 xDrive 20d is another coupe similar in size, although I lean towards the modern Merc ahead of the X4. What are your thoughts overall about the two? Vu Hoang, email From the research, my pick is definitely the Benz. It’s a development of the classy GLC wagon but with improvements including better suspension. The Benz costs a little more but there is stock in showrooms now so you should jump quickly if you want one.
SPARE A THOUGHT
As a regular Carsguide reader I’m puzzled when you give The Tick to vehicles that demonstrably are not manufactured to suit Australian conditions. It’s all very well for vehicles to be chock-a-block full of all the latest wizardry but why aren’t they given a savaging for not having a full-size spare? I have heard all the stories about why a full-size spare is not included but the reality is that drivers in this country who drive long distances on the highways are taking huge risks by not having a spare wheel suitable for continuing their journey if they have had the misfortune of a puncture. Nobody in their right mind should attempt a long trip in the outback in a car that has no spare wheel, a tyre inflation kit or a temporary spare wheel. I normally change my car every three years and I now have only a small list of suitable vehicles from which to choose because this stupidity by makers has been allowed to escalate. Carsguide should be taking this issue up as a cause, demanding vehicles sold in Australia are suitable in every way for use in all parts of Australia. Robert Cooper, email You’re right every outback traveller needs a proper spare but only a tiny number of
people actually explore Australia by car. We mention the size of the spare when it’s appropriate. I have not personally had a flat tyre in more than five years despite driving more than 100,000km a year over some of the country’s most testing roads.
I enjoyed the story on the new Holden Colorado, but I am left wondering as to how many deals will slip when window tinting is not an option. It might not be big for Europe, but Australia and the US? Tony Ward, email You have picked a tiny detail out of a major upgrade but it’s good news for the aftermarket companies across the country that do tinting at reasonable prices.
I may have a solution to the problem with Carsguide reader Megan Turner’s Hyundai i20. My wife and I have a i20 and i30 and they have a switch inside the glovebox attached to the airconditioning to cool bottles and cans for the summer. So maybe the water is coming from there and dripping on to the floor. It should definitely be looked at and I hope this may help. Peter Burchett, email Great advice and not something I knew.
I’m moving to Queensland soon and, as my NSW vehicle is coming up for registration, I did some comparisons on green slips. In NSW I’ve been quoted $504.70 for the year by GIO but in Queensland the same GIO/Suncorp is only $329.60. I feel the NSW motorist is being fleeced by these green slip suppliers. Ian Sutton, email Green slips are a type of insurance and, as such, the cost will always vary depending on the risk conditions. NSW must be a riskier place for third-party claims which will be reflected in the annual premium.
STORY ENDS WELL
I want to say thank you for the weight you gave my Mazda dispute over four broken driveshafts with my BT50. I have broken them on both sides at 48,000km, 59,000km, 100,000km and 160,000kn. On the fourth occurrence, Mazda refused to cover it by warranty, claiming the break was caused by “regular use in harsh environments”. Now Mazda has agreed to pay the cost of the driveshaft replacement. So, thank you. Darren Stendt, email As always, it’s really a thank you to the car company. In this case, Mazda Australia was happy to help once we gave the whole story.
A WORD OF ADVICE
As an avid reader of Roadside Assist and the free professional advice, I can’t believe some of the drongos who doubt and argue about the advice you give. Why seek advice if they are not prepared to believe you? Keep up the good work. Bob Mulley, email Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Reader questions keep me thinking and researching the answers every week and turning up the good consumer stories.
GREEN AND GOLD
Did you know the daughter of the late Evan Green, one of Australia’s greatest motoring journalists, was in the Australian women’s rugby team that won gold at Rio? If you didn’t know, she is Ellia Green. Doug Brockfield, email Evan was an inspiration to a generation of Australia’s young journalists and his daughter, adopted from Fiji like her brother before Evan died, has clearly learned well from his example and the hard work of their mother Yolanta.
I have a motorhome and I’m looking to flat tow a vehicle, hooked up to a Ready Brute A-frame. I would prefer an auto as my wife will use it as an everyday drive when at home. There are not many vehicles that can be flat towed and most of the car dealers I have asked haven’t a clue. One didn’t even know what flat towing meant. What’s your view? Barry J Prior, email I’ve done some checking and no one recommends flat towing with an automatic. You really need to totally disconnect the drive system, which means a manual. Many people choose a Suzuki Vitara as it is light and relatively cheap secondhand and also has maximum flexibility when you get to your destination.
Connected: Hyundai Tucson, main picture; Holden Colorado has window tint query