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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 28th 2009
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, November 28, 2009 Firmer action required on tyres POPULAR CHOICE: The 2005 Mazda MX-5 convertible is a favourite with sports car fans. It sounds like he is a sports car fan and that means the MX-5. ' WITH regard to Arto Multanen's remarks concerning Prado tyre pres- sures, I drive a 2006 version of the same Prado fitted with the same Grandtrek tyres. My vehicle has done 72,000km on the original tyres and they are still in good condition. The vehicle has been driven to northern Queensland via Central Australia and Fraser Island. I have always driven the vehicle with the tyre pressures at about 36psi. I am not sure whether this assists in preventing wear and tear, but it certainly makes for a firmer, more car-like ride and definitely helps fuel economy. I also have a wheel rotation and balance about every 20,000 km. I estimate that I will get about 80,000km from this set of Grandtreks and will consider replacing them with the same be- cause they are brilliant on the road and reasonable in off-road conditions. No, I don't work for Toyota or Dunlop! Ian McDonald email It definitely sounds like firmer pressures are the solution to the tyre troubles on the Prado. Out of Focus MY 2008 Ford Focus has no mechanical means for opening the boot or the petrol flap if a flat battery or a fault in their circuitry occurs. A fully packed boot would prevent assess to tools, spare wheel or other essential items via the fold-down rear seats. In our current bushfire season or even on a jaunt to some remote location, this could result in a nasty situation. Wrinklybob email Many cars now have limited back- door access for security reasons. Sporting choice I WOULD appreciate your help with two vehicles my brother is looking at purchasing: either a 2005 Mazda MX- 5, either an auto or a manual, or a Mazda 2003 RX-8, either auto or manual. Which vehicle do you recommend and which transmission? John Maddaluno email It sounds like he is a sports car fan and that means the MX-5. The only reason to go for the RX-8 is if he needs more than two seats. As for transmissions, sports cars should always be manuals. Cruze control I AM looking at the Honda Civic, Nissan Tiida and Holden Cruze. Can you help in making this decision? Is there another car in this price range that you would recommend? Ian Jones email I would definitely drop the Tiida --- it's nothing special at all. The Civic is a good car but pricey, while the Cruze is surprisingly good and excellent value. Go for the Holden. Dodgy deal I JUST want to somehow make more people aware of a scam that is going on at the moment. I know it was around in 2002 as I did some research before continuing with any further emails to this person so I was aware of what the outcome may be and that is why we did not give out too much information waiting to see if it was a real deal or not. I currently have my car advertised on a website and I was originally contacted via a text message from a UK mobile number asking me to email them with further details of the car. Then there was a request for us to pay the shipping agent, with an amount that would be included in the final payment for the vehicle. We were suspicious from the beginning and haven't allowed ourselves to fall into their trap, but I'm hoping you can put a message out there to make sure that others aren't tempted to follow their requests. Jane Hamilton email $ unroof Captiva 7. ime only. Electric su on every Limited t 7 seats Over $7,500 extra value. Over $7,500 extra value. Commodore International SIDI Direct Injection V6 6 speed uto tic 18" oys# Re r p rk ssist Le ther ppointed se ts B uetooth® Fro on y As shown with et ic p int $35,990 $36,4901 Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* Sportwagon International SIDI Direct Injection V6 6 speed uto tic 18" oys# Re r p rk ssist Le ther ppointed se ts B uetooth® Fro on y As shown with et ic p int $37,990 $38,4902 Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* Captiva 7 SX AWD 3.2L V6 en ine 5 speed uto tic ectronic St i ity ontro ( S ) Du front & side curt in ir s 17" oys# ruise contro Fro on y As shown with et ic p int $36,490 $36,9903 Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* Small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million could claim an additional 50% ta x deduction on eligible vehicles bought before 31/12/09 with the Federal Government s Investment Allowance. Talk with your ta x advisor. Don t miss the chance to save thousands on a new vehicle. Hurry, ends 31 December. See holden.com.au/latestoffers for details.◊ Hobart Motors Ho rt 195 M c u rie Street 03 6230 7300 Test drive today at your local Holden Dealer. For more great offers visit holden.com.au/latestoffers Things you need to know: 1 M x. s e price for o odore Intern tion . 2 M x. s e price for Sportw on Intern tion . 3 M x. s e price for ptiv 7 SX AWD petro uto tic. Offers v i e on ode s de ivered efore 31/12/09, un ess extended, or whi e stocks st t p r ticip tin Ho den De ers. Ho den reserves the ri ht to ch n e or extend these of fers. Not v i e with other of fers. Priv te or ABN uyers on y. Over $7,500 extr v ue sed on RRP of extr s. #Stee sp re whee . B uetooth® is re istered tr de rk nd o o of B uetooth® SIG, Inc. heck ho den.co . u to deter ine your phone s co p ti i ity. *Reco ended drive w y price inc udes 12 onths priv te re istr tion, 12 onths co pu sor y third p r ty insur nce, De er de iver y nd st p duty. ◊B sed on the T x L ws A end ent (S Business nd Gener Business T x Bre k) Act 2009. i i i ity criteri pp y. HR 0423 _HP1_ _HM
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