Stars out of align­ment

The Advertiser - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST - PAUL GOVER GETS AN­SWERS FOR YOU GOT SOME­THING TO SAY? WRITE TO CARSGUIDE AT PO BOX 2808, GPO SYD­NEY, NSW, 2001 OR EMAIL PAUL.GOVER@NEWS.COM.AU

I hope you can clar­ify a cou­ple of things for me about the Ford Mus­tang’s two-star ANCAP rat­ing, as I have a 2016 Mus­tang and a 2016 Toy­ota Prado. The Mus­tang lost a lot of points due to not hav­ing rear seat belt reminders, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, blindspot mon­i­tor­ing, auto brak­ing etc, yet my Prado has none of th­ese fea­tures ei­ther but scores five stars. How does this stack up? I un­der­stand the con­cern about the passenger airbag but I also have read the cabin on the Mus­tang scored four stars, so can you shed some light on this? Al­lan McHat­tie, email ANCAP scores can vary ac­cord­ing to when the ve­hi­cle is tested, as re­quire­ments are tight­en­ing all the time and more ac­tive safety sys­tems — such as lane-de­par­ture warn­ing — are now needed for a max­i­mum five-star score. Toy­ota says the Prado was last rated by ANCAP in 2013 af­ter a mild facelift but it was last crashed for test­ing in 2010.

SAFETY DELAY

I need some ad­vice as I have a 2017 Mus­tang GT auto fast­back on or­der. Should I can­cel and re­order the 2018 model due to the two-star ANCAP safety rat­ing and the re­lease of a new model? Rick Ca­muncoli, email You will have a long wait as the 2018 Mus­tang is not com­ing un­til the sec­ond half of next year. Ford spokesman Martin Guns­berg con­firms a safety upgrade: “The MY2018 Mus­tang will ar­rive in Aus­tralia stan­dard with driver as­sis­tance tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing (with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, pre­c­ol­li­sion as­sist and for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing) as well as lane-keep­ing aid.”

BACK TO BA­SICS

To your cor­re­spon­dents ex­press­ing mis­giv­ings about Mus­tang safety I can only say, “Go and buy an up-to­date SUV or Merc with all the trim­mings” as you don’t want a Mus­tang. Af­ter wait­ing 15 months for de­liv­ery, I’ve now had mine for eight months and knocked out a thor­oughly en­joy­able 7000km. The Mus­tang is not the best car I’ve owned but def­i­nitely the most ex­cit­ing. It’s to­tally im­prac­ti­cal as a daily driver and, as for no rear seat belt reminders, you’d be re­garded as a sadist if any­body was con­fined for any length of time in the back seat. An­drew Yeend, email

OIL BET­TER NOW

Mazda Aus­tralia is re­plac­ing the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in my 2016 Mazda6 and hope­fully this will rec­tify my prob­lem. It some­times takes a few sec­onds to en­gage when shift­ing from re­verse to drive. It revs re­ally high, then takes off fast, which is a safety is­sue as far as I’m con­cerned. Af­ter ini­tially say­ing they could not repli­cate the fault and that it is not a known prob­lem, they have found streaks in the oil, al­though I’m not sure what this means. Thanks for your help. Greg Pisani, email Any­thing for­eign in the gear­box oil is not a good sign, so a salute to Mazda Aus­tralia for mov­ing promptly when I ad­vised them of your prob­lem.

TREAD CARE­FULLY

Re deal­ers ad­vis­ing the need for new tyres. I re­placed the tyres on my Toy­ota Au­rion last year. One month later I had the car ser­viced and was told how dan­ger­ously low my tyre tread was get­ting. I don’t think they even look at them. Steve Tet­low, email Some deal­ers will do any­thing to keep the money com­ing.

PRICE WATCH­DOG

Joshua Dowling in­di­cated in Carsguide the Mit­subishi ASX was go­ing to re­turn to its $25,000 drive-away deal soon. How re­li­able is that in­for­ma­tion and does he know when it will hap­pen? I want to buy a new model auto ASX very soon. Janet Howlett, email No one has bet­ter con­nec­tions in dealer land than Dowling and he says the price should drop this month as Mit­subishi has been sell­ing the ASX at $25,000 as a drive-away auto for the bet­ter part of the past two years.

BEST OF THE BREED

We have a 50th-an­niver­sary Ford Fal­con, with 170,000km on the clock, which we are think­ing of re­plac­ing. We would like to get some­thing with sim­i­lar spec­i­fi­ca­tions, such as space for five adults, com­fort­able for longer trips, rea­son­able lug­gage space and sim­i­lar han­dling, towing ca­pac­ity and per­for­mance. What would you sug­gest? Jim Lang­ford, email If you’re talk­ing about a new car, it has to be the Holden Com­modore. It’s the best of its breed and you can still get one, un­like a new Fal­con, be­fore the fac­tory closes. Un­less you’re a rusted-on Ford fan, of course.

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