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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 16th 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009 MITS EXPRESS VAN Commercial Vehicles BIO-DIESEL $1.10 per ltr del in 205 ltr drums. Johnsons 0438 383 843. 1 ISUZU FSR 1988 18ft flat tray with Hiab crane, lift 1 ton at 20ft. Goes well. $28,500. ..... Ph 6253 5790 1 Trucks, 2006, 74,000 Kms, cargo bar- rier, rubber matting, exc cond, $14,000 ono Ph 6295 1429. 1 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2 trucktray4.7mtrsalum $350 ono 2 x steer tyres, Hankook 9.00 R20 $300. ph 0415 498 210 1 MOREVEHICLES! ISUZU NPR200 tailgate/loader, excellent con- dition, $29,500. Ph 6231 4771 0 1 There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today’s classifieds. DEADLINE FOR CARSGUIDE 8PM THURSDAY ROOMY: The new PK Ranger’s tray has plenty of space. Despiteafew alterationsand cosmetic tweaks, thenewFord Ranger remains essentially the same.Mark Hinchliffe reports A NEWFord Ranger hero model has hit the show- rooms. The 4x4 Wildtrak Crew Cab three-litre diesel leads a re- styled Ranger PK line-up that includes seven extra models, more standard equipment andprice rises up to $2500. However, there are no mechani- cal changes to the Thai-made PK series. Thethreenew4x4 models are the manual and auto Wildtrak and an XL 3.0-litre TDCi Crew Cab auto. The four new 4x2 models are a 2.5-litre TDCi XL Cre Cab pick-up auto and a Crew cab chassis auto, and the XLT crew cab pick-up in manual and auto. Ford product marketing man- ager Christine Wagner said the new XLT and Wildtrak were intro- duced because of the market growth since its launch in 2007. ‘‘Most growth has been in the high-end vehicles because these are dual-purpose vehicles people can use in their trade and their lei- sure,’’ she said. ‘‘The XLT model has been our best performer.’’ The PK Ranger, which replaces the PJ model, gets a restyled front end, new seat trim and extra features. ADVENTUROUS: The new Ford Ranger is an all-terrain vehicle. Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —15 Perfect for work and play DUAL-PURPOSE: The new Ford PK Ranger Wildtrak model is being marketed to those who like to use their vehicle for trade and leisure. The front end features a bolder three-bar chrome grille from the F150 truck, a power bulge on the bonnet, reshaped headlights, re- styled front bumper, indicators integrated into the body, new XLT alloys and flared rear fenders. Cruise control and side airbags are now standard on the XLT and Wildtrak and optional on the XL. An auxiliary connector for iPod or other MP3 players are standard across the range. The XL price rises $2500 for the 24x2.5-litre single cab chassis, $1500 on the pick-up and $400 on the crew cab pick-up. Wagner said the price rise on these base models was due to exchange rate fluctuations and keeping pace with other manufac- turers’ pricing. ‘‘However, the net affect is less on the cab chassis because the factory option tray was $1540, but it’s now $1000,’’ she said. The Wildtrak adds 18-inch alloys, a sports bar, box rails, roof rails, aluminiumside steps, mirrors with integrated LED indicators and Wildtrak decals. Inside there are alcantara leath- er seats, steering wheel and gear- shift, a premium lighting system and a multi-meter that shows in- side and outside temperature, tilt level and compass bearing. on the road Despite the updates, the Ranger cabin appearsmuchthe same and Ford has persisted with the un- gainly umbrella-stick handbrake while the steering is still only adjustable for height, not reach. Ranger has a jittery ride with Trading motorhomes all across the world pervan owners can now enjoy the same holiday benefits as people who exchange homes. M A new website has launched, following the approach of a holiday exchange scheme, where owners exchange their houses — and more re- cently boats — to have the convenience of a well- equipped home in an- other part of the world at virtually nil cost. Theservicewasstarted by Chris Farrow, a mo- torhome owner from Hexham in England, after he swapped motor OTORHOME, recreational ve- hicle and cam- We have around 75 members on the website from all over Australia and a total of 500 members from all around the world ‘ homes with friends who lived in France. ‘‘Owners can have the reassurance that they will exchange with like- minded people who care about their motorhomes and RVs,’’ said Farrow. ‘‘We have around 75 members on the website from all over Australia and a total of 500 mem- bers around the world. Details and photo- graphs of motorhomes and their owners throughout the world from Australia to Alaska aremade available on the website ’ motorhomeholidayswap .com. The cost is an annual fee of $89.50. Owners can stipulate such things as whether it’s a smoker or a non- smoker motorhome, EXCHANGE: Chris Farrow who has launched a caravan,RVand motorhome swap site on the internet when you want to make your exchange and whether you would pre- fer your motorhome not to be used by small chil- dren. Members can also hire out their RV, motorhome or campervan when they are not using them. MARK HINCHLIFFE no load in the back; more so than the Nissan Navara and less than the Toyota HiLux. On the corrugated unsurfaced roads of the NSW central coast hinterlands, the back end side- stepped and clawed for traction. Slipping the all-wheel-drive model into 4H (high-range four- wheel drive) on the move sudden- ly tamed the rear end and sharp- ened turn-in. The Wildtrak model rides bet- ter on its 18-inch wheels with more grip and even more respon- sive turn-in. Engine noise is quite intrusive until you are purring along the highway at low revs, while the lack of double insulation in the doors does not seem to allow any dust to permeate the cabin.
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