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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 9th 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 Challenger worth wait TOUGH: The Challenger will take you deep into the bush. ROOMY: The interior has plenty of luggage space. The change is refreshing when it comes to getting into something with drive to all four wheels that can actually use it. Stuart Martin reports[ T HE new Challenger has been a while coming back to the market but it has been worth the wait. With plenty of the good bits from its LCV Triton cousin, the Chal- lenger turbodiesel --- in this case an LS five-seater --- sounds a little trucky when first started, but it's not thrashy or too rough from within. The $44,490 base-model five-seat LS (the auto starts from $46,990) sits on 17in alloy wheels, including a spare to match, has side steps, climate control, wheel-mounted cruise and sound system controls, power windows, remote keyless entry and central locking, a six- speaker CD sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter and cloth trim. The centre display shows the current radio station but also has a compass, trip computer, exterior temperature display, altimeter and even a barometer, although the last two are a bit naff --- unless you're planning on drawing topographical maps or doing your own weather forecasting. There's dual front, side and cur- tain airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes, so the equipment list is decent. But the best bits on the features' list are what the company calls Super Select 4WD and the rear diff lock, the latter being standard fare. The wagon can be run in 2WD or 4WD with the centre diff unlocked --- the rear-wheel drive mode will give a slight reduction in fuel consumption but means you have to be a lot more judicious with the right foot, as 400Nm of torque can set the rear wheels talking. Run in 4WD mode, with plenty of city and country running, with some dirt work, the fuel consump- tion from the 131kW/400Nm 2.5-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder was still returning around 10 litres per 100km, despite hauling two tonnes around. Throwing the Challenger at un- sealed surfaces didn't cause any concern at all, with the 4WD system offering ample traction. Rougher dirt showed the ladder- frame chassis still feels a little rubbery but the ride quality is good, the payoff being that it rolls around a little bit and the steering needs plenty of twirling in tight stuff. Locking the centre diff, employ- ing the rear diff lock and getting into bumpier stuff doesn't deter the Challenger either, with more than enough gumption to get way off the beaten track, even on road-biased rubber. Complaints with the Challenger --- the powerplant needs a solid prod of the throttle and 2000rpm on board before it hits its straps. The 70-litre fuel tank is a little on the small side for a serious off- roader --- even if it was running at 8.3l/100km, it's range is well under 900km, which is below par for the category. The new Prado's tanks carry 150 litres. Rear vision is a little restricted, which would make parking sensors a must --- a desire not unique to this model, but a safety feature that would be a good addition to all SUVs and wagons. If you have any desire get the wheels dirty on your family wagon, the new Challenger is priced com- petitively and will go much deeper into the scrub than most of the medium SUV offerings. SMALL TORQUE Mitsubishi Challenger LS Price: from $44,490. Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder DOHC, 16-valve common-rail direct-injection intercooled turbodiesel. Transmission: five-speed man- ual or automatic, four-wheel drive with rear diff lock. Power: 131kW @ 4000rpm. Torque: 400Nm @ 2000rpm (auto 350Nm). Fuel consumption: 8.3litres/ 100km, on test 10.2litres/100km, tank 70litres. Emissions: 219g/km. Suspension: independent double wishbones, coil springs and stabil- iser bar (front); independent three- link with coil springs and stabiliser bar (rear). Brakes: four-wheel ventilated discs, with ABS, EBD and stability control. Dimensions: length 4695mm, width 1815mm, height 1840mm, wheelbase 2800mm, track fr/rr 1520/1515mm, cargo volume 714/1813litres, ground clearance 220mm, approach angle 36, depar- ture, weight 2041kg. Wheels: 17in alloys. In its class: Ford Territory AWD, from $44,490. Toyota Prado, from $55,990. Nissan Pathfinder, from $48,490. Jeep Cherokee, from $44,490. Call 1300 787 060 Yo u 've just picked the colour, chosen the trim and agonised over the accessories. Ask your dealer how you can finish thejob. It seems a shame to attach a pair of ordinary old number plates to your new pride and joy. Especially when you can create the perfect finishing touch with a set of personalised plates. With a variety of colours and styles on offer from just $295 and no annual fee, finding the right plates is easy. And if you order them through your dealer when you're buying a new car, delivery is even quicker. 0015 Motor Cycles SUZUKI KING QUAD 700, 2 WD/4WD auto, high/low, good cond $8,500 ph 0439 633 697. 0SUZUKI RMZ 250, 4 stroke, 2004, sell or swap for car, ph 0424 747477 or 0450 563652 0SUZUKI RM80 2001 complete rebuild, new tyres Pro taper bars $1,795 neg 0417 287 813 0 THUMPSTER $1,100 DHZ 140 '09, good condition, heaps of brand new spares. Phone 0437 870 835. 0 TITAN BIKE N TRIKE Closed Monday 11.01.10 out of respect for Laurie. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2Vespa Scooter 2002 ET4, 150 cc, red, 4,300 ks, 6 m reg, $4,500. Ph 0488 435 442. 1YAMAHA BANSHEE '03 Pipes and extras $6,000 ono Ph 0439 119 486. 1 YAMAHA R1 '02 red/white, many spares, new tyres, exc cond, $8,000. Ph 0439 998 964. 1YAMAHA WR 250 '97 model, 2 stroke, $2,500. Braapp 150 exc cond, goes well $1,200 ono ph 62477206 0 YZ 490 '82 Rebuilt motor ... $1,500. Ph 6297 0079 or 0407 043 154 0 ZX9R Ninja 1998 53,000 ks, slight damage on lhs fairing, good tyres, no reg, $5,000 ono. Ph 0420 410 208. 1 ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY'S CLASSIFIEDS. 1ZZR 600 good condition, reg, goes well, $4,900, consider trade. ph 0409 167 407 0 Z1000 2006 Exc cond, 6 mth reg, Bellypan, $10,000 ono. Ph 0419 185 673. 1 Statewide Alignments, Balancing, all Mechanical work & Repairs including Trailers Mobile On-Site Service Phone Matthew 6423 1030 / 0408 503 433 116297-42 Z750 2005 Blue, Protaper bars, megacycle pipe, 19,200 km, good cond, $6,500 ono. Ph 0419 586 821 or 6243 8583. 02001 R6 excellent condition, extras, 6 months reg, $6,800. Ph 0418 565 502 0 4 Wheeler Kawasaki KLF300B, goes well, trailer, $2,500. Ph 0438 986 124. 0 Trucks, Commercial Vehicles DAF 3300 FLAT TRAY tipper and flat tray tipping super dog trailer, complete with poppy and potato bins. Low mileage truck, all reasonable offers considered Ph 0418 128 915 0 FM MITSUBISHI 18' steel flat top, 8 ton, 190K, ex fire truck, good cond, $5,500ono. 0400 250 320. 0FORD CARGO, D SERIES, '67 reg, 80% restored, spare parts, ideal hay carting, low tray and ramps, 6.7gvm. $10,500 or best offer. Ph 0488 471 113. 0Gorsky 07 Bissalloy Body subframe hoist, tarp, ringfeeder bracket, swing tailgate, 4.6 long, 1.30 high sides. Done little work offers will separate. Ph 0400 179 977 0 ISUZU FTS 4WD 1989 truck, with or without 17m GMJ cherry picker, Fully garaged. Truck exc cond. Gen 82,000 ks, $9,000. Ph 6286 3204 0ISUZU FUR900 1991 f/tray, 7 spd, good cond, $18,000. Ph 0409 445 655 0 ISUZU NRR400 1999 auto side tipper, $17,000. Ph 0409 445 655 0 ISUZU 2004 4.5 GVM 79,000 kms, 12 mths reg, steel flat tray, drive on car lic, $30,500 neg. Ph 6265 1016 0 IVECO 2002 6700 Series 580hp, 18spd, 6 rod, Elphinstone tri-axle trailer, nothing to spend, sell complete or truck only. 0407 823 153. 0MACK SUPERLINER 1986 500 hp, ex cond, all new tyres, Ph for details 0447 541 980. 0 MITSUBISHI L300, 1990, good cond., VIN:JMFSF1M38LJ022622, $1,800 ONO, 0431257231. To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email email@example.com 2WRECKING Isuzus NPR400, 1990-'96, most parts avail. Ph 0409 445 655 0
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