Step up with the Stepway
DEAR Edwin I’m a 26-year-old mom, wife and a speed junkie. I’m considering getting the Renault Sandero or the Sandero Stepway. Would you say it is good value for money in the long term? I would like something powerful, but light on fuel. Mpumi Maphosa Dear Mpumi The Renault Sandero has been getting good reviews. At about R150 000, it is a budget-beater with class.
A new Stepway was launched in South Africa this week. The Stepway is based on the Sandero hatch, but has the look of an SUV. Much higher and sporting fatter tyres, it said to be better on fuel.
The standard features list is impressive, and includes cruise control, a MP3/CD/USB audio system linked to steering controls, electric mirrors and a rear parking sensor. For all this, you will pay R159 900, backed by a five-year/150 000km warranty and a two-year/30 000km service plan. Dear Edwin I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 2-litre Sport, but have a problem with the gearbox. When I drive in second and third gear, there is a cracking sound under the vehicle. It’s like a clicking sound that gets louder. I don’t know if it’s a common problem with Mazda 3s. I don’t want be ripped off. I just took it for a service recently. It has 141 000km on the clock. Jeffrey Mashalane Dear Jeffrey My Dial-a-Mechanic contact says it seems as if there might be a problem with the gearbox. The problem you describe, according to the mechanic, is not a common issue with the Mazda 3. For about R650, you can get the gearbox assessed by Mazda, but I was unable to source the costs associated with fixing the gearbox, because the problem needs to be identified first. Good day, Edwin I had a 2008 BMW 135i Exclusive Pack. My car was involved in an accident and written off. After the insurance paid out, I wanted to buy the same car, but it was too expensive. I got a good deal from a private seller for R200 000. The car has 53 000km on the clock, and the condition is excellent. Can I still buy the car though it’s off the motor plan? I am still paying for my Toyota, which I use for work. Anonymous Dear Anonymous Stick with your Toyota. It is cheaper, reliable and will save you money in the long term. Forking out R200 000 on a car that is past its sell-by date will cost you around R4 531 a month without a deposit over 60 months on an interest rate of 12%. A BMW without a motor plan is not advisable. Dear Edwin I have just bought a 2011 MINI One for R149 000. It has 66 000km on the clock. The car is neat with 17-inch mag wheels. I was driving a Corsa Lite 1.4 before the MINI. I got R35 000 and it had 96 000km on the clock. Do you think that was a good move? Parks Leshaba Dear Parks As long as you are happy with what is in your garage. But be warned, unless you have a warranty and service plan, the MINI can be expensive to run.
SPORTY: Renault has just introduced the new Stepway