NEW IS BEBETTER

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

Not nec­es­sar­ily nec­es­sar­ily. The maxim “Never buy an early ex­am­ple of a new model” sti still holds true. A new-from-the-wheels-up car will of­ten have a few prob­lems, in some cases se­ri­ous ones that soon cause their own­ers to wish they could make “that new car feel­ing feel­ing” just go away. Ex­am­ples i in­clude 2004 Ford Ter­ri­tory (pic­tured), Holden’s 20 2006 VE Com­modore and Cruze, sev­eral Ben­zes from the n noughties, in­clud­ing the C, E and M-Class, Jeep Gran Grand Chero­kee, Peu­geot’s 2001 307 and sev­eral Audi and V Volk­swa­gen mod­els, notably those with the DSG/S Tro Tronic trans­mis­sions, in­clud­ing Q5, Polo and MkV-VI Go Golf. En­gi­neer En­gi­neer­ing devel­op­ment on a new model doesn’t stop when it goes into pro­duc­tion. By the time a car has been in pro­duc­tion for a cou­ple of years, the man­u­fac­turer usu­ally will have fixed most of the bugs and made other im­prove­ments in re­sponse to owner feed­back and what the com­pe­ti­tion is of­fer­ing.

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