Price is not quite right
I may be mistaken but aren’t all car dealers supposed to put drive-away prices on their ads? Each time I read your Carsguide they say from $27,000, so after extras it’s $33,000 driveaway, not $27,000. Why can’t all dealers be told they have to only put drive-away prices, then I know if I can afford the car or whether I just can turn the page because the price is just not in my ballpark.
We always use recommended retail prices in Carsguide because it’s a national publication and on-road prices vary depending on where you live. In the case of dealers, they are always going to advertise the cheapest possible price so drive-away deals are usually for basemodel manual cars when most people add at least an automatic transmission and that bumps the price up.
EVIDENCE IS IN
Regarding the climate change discussion, climate science it the most comprehensively researched and rigorously peer reviewed science in the history of humanity. The evidence that anthropogenic global warming is occurring is overwhelming and unequivocal. The climate change denial industry is not interested in facts. It exists primarily to create confusion and delay action. In response to Mr Stockman: firstly, 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, breaking the record set by 2015, which broke the record set in 2014; secondly, “global warming” and “climate change” are terms with different meanings, although they are often used interchangeably because they share the same origin. Human activity causes global warming, which causes climate change. Science gives us the facts. Ideology and vested interests give us the controversy. You may as well argue about the existence of gravity. Helen Moss, email
SAVE US THE HOT AIR
Please don’t start getting into the environment thing as you are a motoring journalist, not a scientist. I would bet 99 per cent of Carsguide readers are not either and, like me, want to read about the cars you test drive and comment on. People’s opinions on global warming and climate change are only opinions. Most don’t know what they are talking about. Please write about cars, cars, cars as your opinions on the environment are immaterial as are other people’s. Barry Tennant, email
The environmental debate between readers was triggered by a story on the BMW i3, an electric car made in response to growing community concerns about the effect of vehicle emissions on the environment. Since electric cars are coming and providing environmentally friendly energy, it’s a topic that needs to be discussed in Carsguide.
GO SLOW IF YOU TOW
I have had two Jeeps now, tow a 3-tonne caravan, and the latest model’s temperature for both transmission and oil runs 8-10 degrees higher than the older model and I was told it is very much normal. Oil runs to 120-122 degrees up a big hill with outside temperatures around 32 degrees, over the top and some three kilometres later the gauge is back around 105 degrees. Normal running is 100 with transmission around 90. When going uphill with the turbodiesel if you fiercely accelerate the gauge will go off the scale, however if you just keep revs between 2000 to 2500 with slight acceleration it allows the very clever systems to do their job in changing down or up gears to maintain the abovenormal temperatures. I have never had a problem and the other needle temperature gauge on the dash has not gone beyond three quarters and well within safe range. Staying within the rev range is the answer, not giving it a boot full, and you will find the only problem is you may have to back off as someone in front of you is slower. Gavin Knight, email
Regarding Ian Dunn’s overheating Jeep, this is indicative of an undersized cooling system that cannot remove the heat generated by towing heavy loads/ uphill/hot days, when the heat generated is the greatest. As long as the coolant stays in the radiator the engine might survive but it’s not a good thing as this will risk a failure of the hoses and radiator because of the extreme pressures being created. The maker’s claims that it’s not a worry to see the gauge almost off the dial is BS. Modern, wellengineered cars never run that hot in any conditions. Ian’s Jeep is basically unfixable short of a new heavy-duty radiator, custom-made to fit the space available. Also some people don’t know that ethylene glycol coolant is flammable and if this sprays on the hot exhaust it will start an underbonnet fire that becomes self feeding. Many burnt-out new cars are due to coolant leaks, not petrol as you might think.
Peter Koning, email
Good tip on the coolant and on the radiator front I’ll send him details for PWR on the Gold Coast, which has the best radiators I know, including for all but two of the teams in Formula One.
I have read your comments about dealers trying to do more than required in the service manual. On a recent service for my Benz C200, they suggested I pay more for air filters, spark plugs, brake fluid replacement and a transmission service. The transmission would cost $690 and I declined. How do I know when is the proper time to do any of these items?
Barry Peake, email
Plugs and filters and brake fluid are normal service items and will be listed in the owner’s manual. It’s the same for the transmission, which will have a proper service life that you should honour to keep the car running properly.
AS GOOD AS NEW
I desperately need advice about the best automatic SUV to buy. I’m looking at the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson or maybe the Kia Sportage, but I only have a budget of about $30,000. I’m thinking I should perhaps get a used car so I’m not limited to the entry models? I’d like satnav, leather seats and hands-free. Rear camera would be helpful. Gillian Stone, email
You should easily get a lowkilometre Kia Sportage with plenty of the original warranty coverage and it would be my choice for a classy vehicle that’s also great value.
HOLD THAT THOUGHT
I have owned a 2003 Subaru Outback H6 since 2005 which is coming up to 90,000 kilometres and is still perfect for me. I used to have a Nissan Patrol but prefer to sit lower to the road. I was wondering if there are any issues I should be concerned about after 100,000km, although I have had no major issues with it. Also, are there any cracking used buys along the lines of this car? It must be permanent 4WD and fairly low to the ground. Edsel Falconer, email
Your Subaru should have plenty of life in it, provided you keep up with the scheduled maintenance. I’m not a fan of the H6 engine but Subaru does great cars for your needs so, if you’re not in a rush, keep an eye on the Carsguide and sites for a deal that suits on a replacement.
Hot topics: Our story on BMW’s i3 generated heated exchanges on climate change; while the running temperature of Jeeps was a talking point