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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 12th 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---15 Hyundai's grand plan NEXT LEVEL: The Hyundai Grandeur (2006-2008) represented Hyundai's foray into the prestige market. on the email@example.com with GRAHAM SMITH Choosing the right vehicle can be a difficult choice, so we asked CarsGuide's Graham Smith to make some suggestions. This week we look at the HYUNDAI GRANDEUR (2006-2008) HYUNDAI today is a very different outfit from the brand that corporate rogue Alan Bond introduced to the market back in the 1980s. Then it was simply a cheap-and-cheerful brand selling a range of modest small cars at affordable prices aimed squarely at buyers who were struggling to get into the market. Today it's a full factory operation and a sophisticated brand that has won the accept- ance of the local market with its range of unpretentious, solid cars that promise not only value for money but reliability and comfort. Cars like the Sonata sedan, and Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs have stretched Hyundai's boundaries and the company is represented in virtually all the mainstream segments. The Grandeur was the icing on the cake and again expanded the Korean brand's pen- etration of the local market, this time into the prestige segment. model watch An earlier attempt to launch a luxury model --- also called the Grandeur --- into the prestige segment was a dismal failure. The car was pulled from the market and it was three years before it was willing to have another crack. In that time Hyundai's evolution into a mainstream, accepted brand had progressed and the time was felt right to re- release the Grandeur nameplate. Luxury buyers weren't necessarily looking for badge credibility, Hyundai claimed at the time of the Grandeur's launch, but they wanted refinement, elegance, comfort and safety at a price that wouldn't break the bank. The Grandeur had the elegance they wanted; it was a handsome car with uncluttered lines enhanced with sporty alloy wheels and other touches associated with a prestige model. The interior was restrained but refined and stylish. There were the usual touches of woodgrain but it wasn't over the top. Most impressive was the low level of noise, vibration and harshness under most driving conditions. It all added up to a refined drive of the sort expected by the luxury club. Under the bonnet lay a 3.8-litre double overhead camshaft V6 engine with variable intake valve timing and boasting 194kW at 6000 revs and 348Nm at 4500 revs. A five-speed auto transmission was standard but it had sequential manual shifting for a bit of fun and the final drive was through the front wheels. The suspension was independent double wishbone at the front and multi-link at the rear. The brakes were a combination of ventilated front discs and solid rears, with standard ABS anti-lock and EBD brakeforce distribution. The earlier Grandeur was heavily criticised for its unruly suspension on local roads but Hyundai's chassis engineers took note of the complaints and ensured the new model wouldn't be canned for the same reasons. As a result the ride and handling were much better suited to Australian roads, although the steering was still thought a little vague. The two-model Grandeur range was made up of the V6 entry level and the Limited. The V6 came well equipped with standard air, cruise, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, alarm, leather trim, power seats, parking sensors and eight-speaker CD sound. Step up to the Limited and you also got heated front seats, a power sunroof and Xenon headlamps. on the lot An entry level V6 can be had for $16,000-$20,000, a Limited from $18,000-$22,000. in the shop With the earliest TG Grandeurs having clocked up just 60,000 km or so, it's early days for the luxury Hyundai and few problems of a serious nature have cropped up. Hyundai has in the past been thought of as a cheap-and-cheerful brand, plagued by the Excel problem of the early 1990s, but it shouldn't be considered so today. The fit and finish of the cars is of a high standard, the equal or any in the price segments it is represented in, and that reflects in the reliability of its cars. At this early stage of its life the focus of any pre-purchase inspection should be on possible crash damage and subsequent dodgy repairs or a lack of servicing. Check for poor panel fit, drooping doors, scratched or chipped paint, and scarred alloy wheels. Also check the service record to make sure it has seen the inside of a workshop since it left the showroom when new. in a crash The Grandeur was packed with an impressive array of electronic features that provided a safety net when all turned nasty on the road; there was ABS braking with EBD brakeforce distribution, traction control and stability control. If all of that wasnt enough to avoid a crash then there were dual front airbags, head airbags and side airbags to provide protection. at the pump A relatively large V6 engine in a car of generous dimensions, the Grandeur is no fuel miser but Hyundai claimed it would average 10.8-litres/100km, which is competitive in its segment. look for Elegant looks, a refined, roomy interior, fully equipped, smooth V6 performance, and a comfortable ride. also check these VE HOLDEN CALAIS 2006-2008 Attractive luxury sedan with the punch of a 3.6-litre V6 or 6.0-litre V8, the smoothness of a five or six-speed auto transmission, sporting handling and heaps of standard safety and comfort features. Be wary of problems that regularly send the battery flat. Pay $35,000-$35,000. VW JETTA 2006-2008 Small and compact, the Jetta is the luxury car for those who don't subscribe to the size-means- status mantra. The Jetta is a thinking person's luxury car. With a choice of petrol and diesel engines, great road holding and a smooth, comfortable ride, the Jetta has the lot. Pay $21,000-$30,000. HONDA ACCORD EURO 2005-2008 The European car built by the Japanese, the Accord Euro is a sporty, comfortable, fuel- efficient car of compact dimensions. Honda- built quality means it is generally reliable. Pay $21,000-$30,000. the bottom line Refined, reliable, comfortable and competent, the Grandeur is a real prestige contender. RATING 78/100 Motor Cycles HONDA 2000 XR50R and 2003 XR80R, very little use, $6,500 for both. Ph 0417 135 814 0 HUMMER 2008 250cc good cond $1,300 ono. Ph 0448 043 875. 0HUMMER 250, very good order, like new $2,500 ono. Ph 6259 7249 or 0400 029 095 0KAWASAKI KX 250F 2009 Very low hours, very good cond $7,900 Ph 0417 566 419. 0 KAWASAKIKX80x2 1 goes well $750 for both or separate. YZ 125 no go $250 ph 0417 313 016 or 6265 8682 0 KAWASAKI ZX12R 2005, one owner, like new, 13,000 km, braided lines, levers, fender eliminator, recent major ser- vice, includes original parts, $12,500. Ph 0408 723 249. 0 Kawasaki ZX10 '04 orange, 12,000 klms, reg, $9,500 ono Ph 0407 223 312. 1 KAWASAKI Z1000 2003, exc cond, 23,000 klm, 06/10 reg, $8,500. 6266 0343 or 0409 652 125 0 KAWASAKI ZX12R '05 black/gold, very good cond, $9,850. Ph 0418 569 603 0 KAWASAKI ZZR600 93, good cond, $3,200. Ph 6247 9171 or 0448 768 771 0KLX 125, 04/05 mod. Excellent condition, suit 11-16 year old. $2,500 ono. Ph 0419 309 144. 0KTM 250SXF '08 immac cond, 31 hrs, 1 industry graphics, great bike, $7,200 ono. Ph 6249 4618 or 0407 022 880 0 KTM 85 SX 2007 Excellent condition, $4,500. Phone 0409 513 591. 0 MINI BIKE 49cc, suit 7-9 year old. $350. Ph 0400 208 175 0 MINI QUAD BIKE 49cc ''Lei'' good condition $350. Ph 0400 681 068 0 MOTO X ACTION This Sunday from 10am. Cambridge Moto X Park. Arena X racing at it's best. Spectators welcome @ $5 per person More information ph 6247 6699 1 RMZ450 '06 exc cond, well maint, sticker kit, $5,800 ph 0408 076 007 1 RNZ 250 Suzuki '04 good condition, sell or swap $4,500 ph 0424 747 477 0Suzuki Boulevard M109R 1800cc, Dec 07, exc cond, 4,500kms, $15,500. 6273 1638 0 SUZUKI DR 250 R '98 road trail, reg, $2,500 ph 6275 0553 or 0439 336 345 0SUZUKI DRZ400SM 2005 super motard, LAMS ap- proved, 17,000k's $5,000. Sandy Bay ph 0407 564 464 0 SUZUKI DRZ 70 6 mths old, exc cond, $1,800. 6249 8552 or 0417 350 631. 0SUZUKI GSXR 1000 ('01) 30k, blue/white, exc cond, Yoshi pipe, March reg, $8,600 ono ph 6267 9046 or 0418 511 484 0Suzuki JR50 2005 --- Exc cond, $1,300. 0418 179 329. 0 SUZUKI RM85L, 2004 rebuilt top and bottom ends, Pro Circuit exhaust, race tech sus- pension. Mech A1. $3,200 ono ph 0418 316 781 0 SUZUKI RM85 (2005) Excellent cond, $3,200. Ph 6248 8388 or 0419 122 674. 0 WTB: BMW 650 GS Ph 0439 652 599. 0 Statewide Alignments, Balancing, all Mechanical work & Repairs including Trailers Mobile On-Site Service Phone Matthew 6423 1030 / 0408 503 433 116297-42 SUZUKI SV650 2003 with extras, exc cond, $6,800. Ph 0417 105 661. 0 THE EXECUTIVE and current members of South Motorcycle Riders Association would like to thank all the riders who partici- pated in our 30th Toy Run. Once again your generosity in donating food, vouchers, money and gifts have helped the Salvation Army meet the needs of many Tasmanian fam- ilies. Especially appreciated was the assistance of the Tasmanian Police, The Glenorchy and Hobart City Councils, Ambulance Private, along with those who helped on the day, as well as all past and present sponsors. We thank you. Yours in Riding, Mark Kirby, Gwyn Dixon and Shaun Lennard. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2 TRAIL BIKES X 2 70cc, 4 strokes. Great 1st or learners bike. Both good cond $850 or 2 for $1,600. Ph 0439 633 848. Triumph Daytona 955i 1998, yellow, pillion seat and cowl, high mount pipe, hugger, 24,600 ks, immac, $8,200. Ph 0418 595 882 0 TRIUMPH DAYTONA 955i 2002, blue, low ks, new tyres, 6 mths reg, sports pipe, great cond, $7,600. Ph 0438 255 211 0 XR600 92 model, excellent cond, $2,800 ono. Ph 0406 351 101. 0 YAMAHA R1 '02 red/white, many spares, new tyres, exc cond, $8,000. Ph 0439 998 964. 1 YAMAHA VIRAGO 250cc 1990, windscreen, topbox, 03/10 rego, good cond $2,900 ono ph 6278 9849. 0 Yamaha Virago 250 18,500 kms, just serviced, great learner $3,750. 6229 2742 0 YAMAHA YZ 125 2005 exc cond, $5,000ono. 6253 5481 or 0438 059 834 0 YAMAHA '98 YZF600R THUNDERCAT Hindle exht, excellent tyres low km, service history $5,000 ph 0407 508 093 0YAMAHA Pee Wee 80, helmet and safety gear, like brand new. $2,000. Ph 6268 0567. 0 ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY'S CLASSIFIEDS. 1 Trucks, Commercial Vehicles FORD TRADER 4.5T gvm vgc, $6,400 ono. ACCO 6x6 $4,500 ono. Ph 0400 127 321 0 FORD TRUCK 1943 Jailbar Series, fully restored, heaps of spares $30,000 ono Ph 6229 2099 0 MITSUBISHI FLAT TRAY 1997, $8,000. Ph 0419 546 752 0 Visit Truck & Machinery at: manheimfowles.com.au Introducing Truck & Machinery BUYNOW - available to the public for immediate purchase! Buy online 24/7 Australia wide. Telephone: 03 6263 3833 Looking for a par ticular vehicle? View the full catalogue online.
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