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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 16th 2009
8— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 16, 2009 Bright idea for hazard lighting you tow and need to be draggingaboat up a slippery ramp. So, a rare challenge. If you’re buy- email@example.com with GRAHAM SMITH DRIVING through France a cou- when traffic had to brake fairly sharply for any number of reasons, the drivers activated their hazard lights. Obviously, the reaction of those following was to be alerted to some- thing going on up ahead that they should be aware of. I recently used this system when driving through the north-east of Victoria and we struck deep water running across the highway follow- ing a snap storm. I could see that the cars following looked to start stop- ping quicker than they perhaps may have done by just seeing my brake lights. This idea could perhaps be circu- lated by yourself and,whoknows,we may start doing it as much as the French. John Kelly Rosanna, Vic IT’S a good tip and one which resonates with carmakers. More brands are fitting an automatic system which triggers the hazard lightswhenit detects a panic stop. ple of years ago, I noticed that THECarsguide lead story about Holden being a car of choice for first-car buyers rings a bell. I suspect Holden is also the first choice of Australian motoring journalists, too. One only has to see the reaction to Peter Brock’s death and the litany of accounts of Brock being a journal- ist’s childhood Holden hero to begin to understand the leg-up Holden has in the journalistic world. Ford sim- ply does not stand a chance. Only in Australia can one expect so many positive Holden stories at a time when its parent company is on the brink, and where any negative Ford issues get amplified. Where else, but in Oz, can you expect to see a report on monthly sales figures that totally ignores dramatically increased Falcon sales, against all trends? If there is a good news Ford story, such as the opening of world-class research/design facility in the bush, look for a little article buried some- where in the middle of the publica- tion, certainly not the lead story. Holden sure has some good, faith- FAIR GO: The Ford Falcon XR6 has much to offer. ful friends. Where can I find friends like that? John Scott email NICE try, but no apology here. The reporting on Falcon and Ter- ritory brake dramas has been as extensive as the possibility of a death or major industries. Brock’s death was a one-off and reported the way any person would expect for a national treas- ure. The Carsguide gives huge positive coverage to Ford on everything from the smart plan to build the Focus at Broadmeadows in 2011 to the class leading Fiesta. Park your prejudices and take an impartial look. about 40,000km or a VE commodore with 35,000km. I have family of three I AMconsidering buying a Toyo- ta Aurion 2007 model with children aged 12, 11 and 10 and often mywife has to sit in the back to keep the peace. I intend to have gas installed on whichever we buy. Is the front wheel drive a disadvantage? Some reports said the Commodore was more com- fortable on a long trip, with regard to the quality of seating. Hertz Car Sales are selling these vehicles. I would like your opinion of these two cars, please. Gordon Seymour email IFyouare going for gas there isno discussion—I would recommend the Commodore. Particularly as Toyota doesNOT recommend any gas conversions on its engines. You should, however, drive them both. And check for space. Front-drive is no drama, unless ing from Hertz, however, you might find the Aurion will be in better condi- tion because it is a gentler drive and peo- ple would not be flogging it. vise me about the following choices? COULD My fiance and I are looking to buy a new small car. We are deciding between: Subaru Impreza R and a Mazda 3 Sport, both in Automatic. The Subaru is dearer, so do you consider that it is worth the extra money? Does it have features that make it better? I amleaning towards the Mazda. I have had a test drive of the Mazda and tomorrow I test drive the Sub- aru. Evan Gilholme email AN easy choice. The Mazda is a significantly better car. OK, the Subaru has all-wheel drive and five-star safety (don’t know on the new 3 as it has not been tested) but the quality is not up to Mazda standards, it is not as spritely to drive, and it’s not as good in the suspension. you ad- We’re only the best because you are! Honda Central would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to their customers, as they have again been awarded the prestigious Dealer of the Year ‘Overall Rural Excellence’ Award! That’s two years in a row! So please keep telling everyone how much you enjoy your Honda! 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