Be led by your heart
I need advice. I have five cars to chose from on my purchase list. They run from purely practical with a new Toyota RAV4 turbo diesel AWD auto, via fun and practical with a new Lexus IS350 F Sport or a used GS450h, to pure fun with a low-mileage Porsche Boxster S or new Lexus RC350 F Sport. What do you reckon? Peter Evans, email Go for the Porsche. You want it, you’ve earned it, you deserve it.
A CLEAR WINNER
Which is the better diesel car, Mercedes GLC 250 or Audi Q5 3.0-litre? And why? Richard Diston, email It’s the GLC by a clear margin. It’s completely new, more refined in all things from the cabin to the suspension, and better value. It gets The Tick from me.
BUY THE ONE YOU LIKE
I am contemplating a novated lease for three years, that will take me to retirement, on a Subaru Liberty 3.6R. I would appreciate your thoughts as to whether that car would be suitable and reliable for a number of years. Would you recommend other cars in the $45,000 bracket? Chris Taylor, email You should buy what you like, particularly with retirement looming, and the Liberty definitely gets The Tick and will be fine as a long-term purchase.
FIX IS IMMINENT
I bought a top-of-the-range Hyundai Elantra last Christmas and the car was fine until the weather became colder. It wouldn’t start properly and fumes were coming into the interior. I contacted my dealer and was told Hyundai was aware of the problem but it still has not been rectified. I believe this is a health issue as the fumes are excessive. I am not prone to exaggeration. I love the car and I’m just wanting the problem to be rectified. Diane Barrie, email Hyundai spokesman Bill Thomas says there is definitely a fix for your problem and apologises that you were not advised. Your dealership will be in touch to get the vehicle sorted.
We are in our mid-60s and thinking of downsizing our Mitsubishi Pajero to a midrange SUV. There are so many in the market such as the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Sportage, and Mitsubishi and Toyota models. What do you think? Robin Cook, email The CX-5 is the sales favourite with people buying mid-range SUVs. It seems I’m recommending it every week but that’s because it is a great car that gets The Tick.
VISIT A DEALER
My son is having an issue with a 2007 Toyota Yaris manual he bought secondhand recently. A week after taking possession he drove for about 15 minutes when he was caught for some time in a stationary traffic jam. The car started idling rough, then when he put it in gear the engine shuddered violently and had very little momentum. It was towed to a mechanic who replaced the fuel pump and spark plugs. But it is still occurring when the car is stationary in traffic for long periods. The fuel has been tested and was considered fine. Colin Fowler, email I have not heard of those symptoms so get it to a Toyota dealer and have them run the right diagnostics, not just hit-and-miss stuff.
AT YOUR SERVICE
Re comments on service intervals, particularly for the Toyota LandCruiser diesel. I think the car originally was intended to have 20,000km intervals — that’s how early service books were printed. I think oil consumption issues meant Toyota had to shorten intervals to ensure cars got oil and you will see Toyota stickers on interleaving 10,000km service pages. I think Toyota over-services for little reason. Jason Gillies, email I’ve done some digging and Toyota has always had 10,000km service intervals, which can be annoying despite value in the cappedprice servicing. Company spokesman Mike Breen says if you have a “doctored” service book he would be keen to investigate for you.
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