A saga of servicing
The soon-to-be-released Subaru XV requires servicing at 12 months or 12,500km. Meanwhile, owners of vehicles such as the Forester (like me) are stuck with high annual costs to drive 10,000km-12,000km but pay for two services a year. The owner’s manual that comes with the Forester actually outlines a maintenance schedule based on 12 months/12,500km but Subaru Australia apparently doesn’t trust the oil that goes in the Forester or is looking after the dealers’ service revenue. Come on Subaru Oz, it’s 2017. This is becoming a bit of a saga, as the new generation of Subarus — first Impreza, soon the XV — have a new mechanical package with a different service schedule from Japan. Japan, not Australia, set the underwhelming schedule for previous-generation cars but this seems to be changing.
SHED SOME LIGHT
Re protecting your trade-in value. My last three trade-ins were never tested by the dealers. They were only interested in the build date and kilometres. I even did a deal for a Jeep over the phone, sight unseen. On another topic, you should have more info on headlights in your tests as many drivers have poor vision. The rise of the internet has changed the situation on trade-in research and also private sales. I’m well aware of the shortcomings of most headlights and recently gave a big thumbs-up to the Suzuki Ignis and its LED lamps.
Does Mazda have any plans to put the motor from the CX-9 into the Mazda6 to add a bit of performance to an otherwise fine car? It could be in the plan for the next couple of years if you read between the lines of this official comment from Karla Leach of Mazda Australia: “There are no immediate plans for an engine change to the Mazda6. However Mazda Australia would be very interested in this if it were to become a production reality.”
When will the new small SUV Hyundai be available? I saw the new baby, which is smaller than the Tucson, testing at the Hyundai proving ground earlier this year and expect it to here by about September.
THE BAD OIL
I bought my 2006 Kia Carnival in 2012 and have recently had a very negative experience with Kia. I had booked a service but the dealer called and said they would not service my vehicle due to the motor being sludged up, which was surprising as the vehicle had been in at Kia for work in the last 12 months. The service department told me I had two options: replace the engine or get the engine washed-out. They went ahead and replaced the starter battery, for which I was charged $258.60. I then had the car serviced by someone who was happy to give me options in regards to the sludge. I absolutely adore my Kia but I am so bitterly disappointed and confused that Kia absolutely want no part of my vehicle. I have received results of a comprehensive review of your case at Kia Motors Australia, showing a lack of servicing for several years, including more than 60,000km without
Subaru XV: New platform has longer service intervals; VW Passat, right