Camry for follow-on
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”.
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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