Camry for fol­low-on

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I have had a Nis­san Max­ima Ti 3.5-litre since new in 2005 and ab­so­lutely love the car, but it has now turned over 100,000km and is heavy on fuel run­ning around the sub­urbs. Can you ad­vise on which would be the one to pick from Nis­san Al­tima, Mazda3, Toy­ota Camry, Kia Cer­ato and Hyundai Elantra? I can get an Al­tima 2014 Ti 2.5-litre, an exNis­san ex­ec­u­tive ve­hi­cle, for about $28,000. Allen Med­ley, email I’d go for the Camry ev­ery time af­ter a Max­ima. It’s $28,990 drive-away — that’s the cur­rent deal on a new car — and is about the same size as the Nis­san but much more re­fined and lighter on fuel.

WIN­NER EI­THER WAY

I’m think­ing about buy­ing ei­ther a new Toy­ota Camry Altise or the Hyundai i30 SR. What do you think? Arthur Gian­nakis, email

If you need space, go for the Camry, if you want some­thing more nim­ble and sporty the Hyundai will be bet­ter. Both get The Tick.

KEEP IT SIM­PLE

Re­gard­ing the Ford Everest that caught fire while it was be­ing tested for Carsguide: In­ter­est­ingly, some­thing as sim­ple as a loose bat­tery ca­ble can be the cause of this. But if Ford gives a car to a driver to write an ar­ti­cle about it, and he rings up say­ing it’s not run­ning prop­erly, why would they brush him off? Did they not think that if the car had fur­ther prob­lems he was go­ing to write about that? Paul Wil­son, email To para­phrase from House of Cards: You might very well think that. We couldn’t pos­si­bly com­ment.

EX­TRA CAB LESS CHOICE

A Toy­ota dealer said the HiLux Ex­tra Cab SR and SR5 are not avail­able with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The sales­per­son said I was the third per­son with that re­quest that day. Will there be an au­to­matic HiLux Ex­tra Cab and, if so, when? Ron Dixon, email Toy­ota spokesman Stephen Cough­lan says the lack of an au­to­matic is a re­sult of over­whelm­ing global de­mand for man­u­als in the Ex­tra Cab mod­els. “There is no plan at for an au­to­matic but we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor cus­tomer de­mand in Aus­tralia,” he says.

IN­TE­GRATED MAP SLUG

I own a 2011 Ford Ter­ri­tory Titanium and was quoted $199 for a map upgrade when it be­came avail­able. I have con­tacted Ford again as an upgrade has just been re­leased and the price is now $299, not fit­ted. How can it be so ex­pen­sive when an af­ter­mar­ket GPS, with up­dated maps, costs less than $200? I am sure I’m not alone with this ques­tion. Ash­ley Brehaut, email You’re not the only one and Ford is not the only brand. Ford Aus­tralia cus­tomer ser­vice boss Steve Kruk replies: “The price for the SZ is $195 and it’s $295 for the SX from 2004-11. The rea­son our Ford map up­grades are more ex­pen­sive is that we need to build a unique sys­tem for the in­te­grated Ford sat­nav. The Nav­Man and Garmin are generic and they can spread the cost over mil­lions more cus­tomers — but it is not in­te­grated with the ve­hi­cle”.

‘BODGIE’ RE­PAIR

I have a 2012 Holden Cruze SRI hatch and re­cently took it for some war­ranty re­pair items. A cou­ple of weeks ago my wife was clean­ing the car and brought to my at­ten­tion what ap­pears to be a ‘bodgie’ re­pair on the win­dow mould­ing where it ap­pears to have been bro­ken and glued back. I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with the deal­er­ship to cover this up and won­der what to do. Peter Swan, email Holden spokesman Sean Pop­pit has good news: “If it’s as de­scribed, we’ll fix it un­der war­ranty. No prob­lems.”

THE RIGHT RE­SULT

Af­ter your ad­vice from Nis­san Aus­tralia about the faulty fuel gauge in my Nis­san Pul­sar I dropped it in to my Nis­san dealer. It turns out the sender unit in the tank was faulty. Order­ing and fit­ting a new part may take a week but they’re cov­er­ing it un­der war­ranty. Thanks for your help. Jim Cum­mings, email That’s ex­actly the right re­sult. Glad to help.

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