Visit from Blue­tooth fairy

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST -

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.

GLARE OMIS­SION

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.

SWITCH AT­TEN­TION

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.

RISK BUSI­NESS

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.

MAN­UAL WORKS

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

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