A lot riding on Jeep
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.