CRUIS­ING WITH­OUT BRUIS­ING

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I’m look­ing for a Toy­ota LandCruiser 200 Se­ries, 2008 or later. Are there any known ar­eas of con­cern, and should I look at the diesel or petrol? How many kilo­me­tres are too many? Si­mon Blake, email

A mil­lion kilo­me­tres may mark a ’Cruiser 200 Se­ries as too leggy, Si­mon, but any­thing less and she’ll be right. I’m only half-kid­ding there. Many will have lived a hard life and there have been re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues, so pri­ori­tise ex­am­ples that have done more town than Out­back work. Lis­ten for dodgy vi­bra­tions when test driv­ing, check for un­der­body rust, paint qual­ity and for oil leaks. Un­less you want lu­di­crous fuel bills the diesel’s the way to go. Check out spe­cial­ist fo­rums such as land­cruis­er­club.net for ex­pert ad­vice and invest in a spe­cial­ist to check over any po­ten­tial pur­chase.

WAR­RANTY WOES

Re buy­ing a Mazda, only to have the brand pro­mote a five-year war­ranty the fol­low­ing week. I had a sim­i­lar prob­lem with my Subaru Out­back. I bought it on March 6, it was de­liv­ered on March 15, then Subaru had a fiveyear war­ranty deal on cars bought from March 15 to 18. Subaru told me it was a four-day event and they were “not able to ap­ply this pro­mo­tion to your pur­chase”.

Mark Cook, email

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