A lot rid­ing on Jeep

Mercury (Hobart) - Cars Guide - - ROADSIDE ASSIST - PAUL P GOVER GETS AN­SWERS A FOR YOU

Re­gard­ing heavy­weight tow­ing, there is no doubt the Land­Cruiser ranks No.1. We de­cided on a Jeep and have no re­grets. The pur­chase price of a Land­Cruiser and its or­di­nary fuel econ­omy are a prob­lem. The Jeep Grand Chero­kee Laredo diesel was more than $30,000 cheaper to buy than the Toy­ota, our fuel econ­omy is also very good and tow­ing a large car­a­van is ef­fort­less. Mick Fleming, email

VOLVO DOWNSIZES

We are big fans of Volvo SUVs, hav­ing owned an XC90 and an XC60. We are look­ing to down­size and have heard an XC40 is in the pipe­line. Any news on when this new model is to be re­leased in Aus­tralia? Mark, email

Volvo Aus­tralia’s Greg Bos­nich replies: “The first new 40 Se­ries car is ex­pected to go into pro­duc­tion in 2017 and, de­pend­ing on ex­act tim­ing, we will see the first 40 Se­ries ve­hi­cle in Aus­tralia some six months later.”

TOW TUGS

You might need to do a lit­tle bit more re­search on tow tugs that can pull three tonnes-plus these days. I have been tow­ing with a Jeep Grand Chero­kee for the past six years and can tell you in the parks and on the high­ways the Jeep is more pop­u­lar than a lot think and also is out­num­ber­ing the LandSnoozer. Ev­ery­one I talk to is very im­pressed. The Grand Chero­kee tows very eco­nom­i­cally and has the nec­es­sary power. I have had two Over­lands since 2011 with not one prob­lem. My mate with a Land­Cruiser 200 Se­ries is not a happy nomad.

I.R. Young, email

I have no doubt the Jeep will do the job but I hear — of­ten — com­plaints from own­ers. What’s more, Jeep has had gi­ant prob­lems with cus­tomer dra­mas in re­cent years.

THROW IN THE DOWEL

Re the dra­mas re­plac­ing Skoda wheels and the sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion for VWs. If you carry a short length of 14mm wooden dowel in the boot it be­comes a lo­cat­ing pin when re­plac­ing the wheel. Gil­bert Potts, email

I re­mem­ber ex­actly the same prob­lem with my first car, a 1959 Bee­tle, which was also miss­ing studs to lo­cate the wheel cor­rectly af­ter a change.

SPARE CHANGE

Re chang­ing Skoda Oc­tavia wheels. I am ad­vised you don’t need to hold the wheel up as the cen­tre cir­cu­lar boss holds the wheel in place while you in­sert the wheel studs. I was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about the as­ser­tion one needs to hold the wheel up as my VW wheels are rather heavy. Robert Brown­sitch, email

That is the case with the spare but not when you put the full-size wheel back on.

NOT HAVAL BAD

My hus­band is rather im­pressed with the Haval H6 and it does seem a nice ve­hi­cle. He was won­der­ing what your thoughts are on it as it seems to be new to the mar­ket. Dawn Mills, email

The H6 is sur­pris­ingly un-bad and good value from $29,990 drive-away. I can’t give it The Tick yet be­cause it is un­proven in Aus­tralia.

UN­CHARTED TER­RI­TORY

Re the Which Car col­umn on a sedan for tow­ing. I am sur­prised you did not men­tion the Ford Ter­ri­tory. It’s not a true sedan, of course, but is a great tow­ing ve­hi­cle and is very sedan-like to drive. It will pull up to 2700Kg in AWD and comes with a good diesel en­gine. Roy Cot­ton, email

But it’s still not a sedan, even though we rec­om­mend the Ter­ri­tory for tow­ing, and it has also of­fi­cially fin­ished pro­duc­tion.

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