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HOLDEN AS­TRA 2005-09

PRICE NEW $23,990-$31,990

PRICE NOW

CD $2000-$7500, CDX $2500-$8000, CD coupe $3000-$6500, CDX coupe $3000-$7000,

CDXi $3500-$6400, CDTi $4800-$9500, SRi $6000-$11,000

SAFETY 5 stars

EN­GINE 1.8-litre 4-cyl, 90kW/165Nm and 103kW/170Nm; 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo, 147kW/262Nm; 1.9-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 88kW/280Nm

TRANS­MIS­SION 4-speed auto, 5-speed man, 6-speed auto, 6-speed man; FWD

THIRST 6.0L-9.4L/100km

ALSO CON­SIDER

HONDA CIVIC 2005-11

Highly rated all-rounder, ticks most boxes.

Pay $3500-$19,000 HYUNDAI ELANTRA 2005-11

A win­ner for run­ning and re­pair costs, fea­tures and war­ranty.

Pay $2500-$14,500 MAZDA3 2005-11

Right up with the best in the class. You can’t wrong with the 3.

Pay $4000-$22,000

COM­ING UP

Do you own or have you owned a Mazda MX-5? Send your com­ments to Gra­ham Smith at grah. smith@big­pond.com or write to Cars­guide, PO Box 4245, Syd­ney, NSW 2010.

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