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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 18th 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Commercial Vehicles BUS - VOLVO B58 4 spd auto, $4,500 ono. Ph 6267 2621 0 BUSES FOR SALE Merc - 49 seats. Mitsubishi - 24 seats, (both ideal school or motorhome), both A1, offers, Ph 0419 577 122 or 6267 1723. 1 Curtain sider, tail gate loader, $14,000. Ph 0418 355 158. 1 HINO TRUCK ’93 Mitsubishi Canter TIP TRUCK, 4 T, 2006, only 40,000kms, excellent condition, $55,000 ono. Ph 0407 303 130 1 1 MOREVEHICLES! There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today’s classifieds. DEADLINE FOR CARSGUIDE 8PM THURSDAY 1 Trucks, MITSUBISHICANTER Pantec, white cab, in great cond, 1992 diesel, 4lt, very low kms for age, rego to Nov 2009, has remov racks, new tyres, $12,999ono. 0411 417 633. 0 TOYOTA DYNA Vgc, reg, $3,000. 0402 824 357 CARSguide —15 TOUGHER: Mercedes-Benz’s new Sprinter is ideal for those whose work takes them off the beaten track. the beaten track Mercedes-Benz has launched a four-wheel drive ver- sion. Mercedes new four-wheel drive Sprinter comes in three and five- tonne models, van and cab-chassis variants, the latter with a choice of single or dual-cab bodies. The company is quick to say its not a rock hopper but will handle slippery conditions a tradie might encounter getting around a mine site, construction zone or over a farm paddock in getting to a remote power line or telecommunications tower. The 4ETS four-wheel drive sys- tem is typical of the modern all- wheel drive systems that rely on electronics rather than cold hard mechanics. It works in tandem with other electronic systems fitted to the Sprinter, like the weight sensitive any-skid control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, emergency brake assist and brake force distribution. Its a switchable system engaged Sprinter goes off road T HE regular two-wheel drive Sprinter is fine for most tradies, but for those whose work takes them off conditions off road. When low is selected the transmission ratio is reduced by around 40 per cent. with Graham Smith wheels by punching a switch on the dash, so most of the time when driving the road its in normal rear-wheel drive mode. But when the driver selects four- wheel drive all four wheels are driven in the ratio of 35 per cent front and 65 per cent rear. That ratio varies depending on the traction at each wheel as detected by the speed monitors at each wheel. If the system detects one or more wheels slipping it applies the brake to those wheel to minimise the slipping, and at the same time redirects the drive to the other wheels that have traction. A second switch alongside the main four-wheel drive control on the dash engages low range when needed for extra drive in adverse Raising its suspension to increase its ground clearance, approach and departure angles, and ramp-over angle has further enhanced the Sprinters offroad performance. Theresachoice of 110kW/330Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine or a 135 kW/400Nm3.0-litre turbo diesel V6, and a choice of six- speed manual or five-speed auto gearboxes. Big Wheels was recently able to test drive a Sprinter 515 4x4 long wheelbase van powered by the 2.2-litre four linked to the six-speed manual gearbox. The515CDIhasaGVMof 4495 kg, will haul almost 16 cubic metres of cargo or a payload of 1885 kg, and tow up to two tonnes. Onthe road the big Benz comfort- ably kept pace with town traffic, it hade plenty of pace off the line and easily maintained a comfortable cruise. Out on the highway it showed the ability to run at the highway limit with the engine turning over at a comfortable 2500 revs, and there was sufficient left in the tank to overtake safely when needed. The ride was smooth and supple, bumpsand potholes were soakedup without disturbing the inner calm in the cabin. Awayfrom the black top the four- wheel drive system handled the only sloppy conditions that could be found at the end of dry southern summer with aplomb and seemed capable of handling much tougher going. Back on the highway there was a noticeable whine from the front diff at the highway cruising speed. Not so audible at lower speeds the whine could become annoying in long spells on the highway. The raised suspension, while great for going offroadmadeit more of a climb to get behind the wheel, something not aided by the Sprin- ters rather poor assist handles that are even more out of reach than they are on the regular Sprinter with its lower ride height. The Sprinter 4x4 is priced from $67,990, which includes the 4x4 option price of $22,000. oil collection and recy- cling company has learnt that by switching to lower horsepower trucks it can cut its fuel bills without affecting its trip times. Oil recycler cuts power and costs HAGEN Oil, Tasma- nia’s leading waste Backing its belief that lower horsepower saves money the company has addedtwo 265 horsepower UD PKs to its fleet. The UDs are employed collecting used oil and transporting it to the com- pany’s facility in Laun- ceston. While its early days for the trucks having only just started on the run a few months ago, Hagen Oils projections are for a reduction of 60 per cent in fuel costs, as well as sav- ings in maintenance and repairs. Hagen Oil boss Doug Hagen said he had always preferred US drive trains, which typically have higher horsepower en- gines, but after trying a UD some time ago and finding it performed flaw- lessly Hagen has become a UD convert. I realised the higher horsepower trucks were overkill and that I could reduce my fuel costs and maintenance costs by switching tonewerEuro4 spec UDs without affect- ing travel times and per- formance. Fleetsgoeven greener THE road transport industry is leading the way in a move to cleaner, greener vehicles by taking up Euro 5 trucks at a surprising rate. All European brands are able to offer the Euro 5 trucks in addition to Euro 4 models through their use of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Using SCR means its a relatively simple tweak to step up to the tougher Euro 5 emission limits than it would be if they were using the alterna- tive EGR technology as the rival US brands do. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and DAF have all deliv- ered Euro 5 trucks to customers, and are find- ing some customers, such as Woolworths and Toll, are stipulating the tougher emission limits as a minimum require- ment for the trucks they purchase. Current Australian emission limits are the equivalent of Euro 4 and won’t step up to Euro 5 until 2011. Relaxed fatigue lawwelcomed THE NSW trucking industry has wel- comed changes to the state’s fatigue laws an- nounced by the Minister for Roads, Michael Daley that relieves drivers working locally of the tedium of filling out a work diary. The changes mean truck drivers operating within 100km of their base, and farmers work- ing within a 160km ra- dius of their farm will no longer have to carry and keep a work diary. They will, however, still have to keep basic records of the times and dates they drive. Now we can get on with powering local economies, ThirdIAPservice provider service provider to the Intelligent Access Pro- gram (IAP). OMNISTAR has been IAP is the monitoring program to keep track of heavy trucks approved under the Performance Based Standards pro- gram and makes sure they stay true to their limited access condi- tions. named as the third without being burdened by un- necessary paperwork, said Jill Lewis, manager of the Australian Truck- ing Association of NSW. The changes will come into effect in September.
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