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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 6th 2010
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 6, 2010 used cars EYE-CATCHING: The 2008 HSV Maloo R8 at Motors Glenorchy. Motors Glenorchy MOTORS used cars in Glenorchy have a 2008 HSV Maloo R8 performance ute. This six-speed manual 307kW V8 is equipped with a remote operated, lockable hard cover, climate control, leather interior, stability control and 20-inch alloy wheels, all for $49,995. Co-Op A 2009 Toyota Kluger KX-R is Co- Op's hottest used deal. This 3.5-litre V6 automatic has air conditioning, cruise and stability control plus seven airbags. Priced at $39,990. Wayne's Car Sales WAYNE'S Car Sales' deal of the week is a 2007 Nissan X-Trail ST. It features a 2.5-litre motor, automatic gearbox, alloys, sunroof and the balance of its new car warranty --- priced at $21,990. Tilford TILFORD Auto Group Used Cars have a top-quality pre- owned Jaguar X-Type. Finished in classy British racing green and with a superbly appointed leather trim this all-wheel drive model also has the added power of a 2.5-litre V6 engine. Buy a Jaguar at an affordable $21,888. DJ Used A 2009 Holden Captiva LX has been reduced by $1000. With only 8400km on the clock this 2.0-litre turbo diesel is packed with features like leather seats, hill descent, stability and traction control, reverse parking censors, front side and curtain airbags. Was $41,990, now $40,990 drive away. Performance Automobiles AT Performance Automobiles $26,990 will buy you a 2003 Audi A4 B6 Avant wagon. It has a constantly variable four- cylinder 2.0-litre engine, superior safety features and great performance with 45,500km on the clock. Little bubble just won't burst This week, CarsGuide's Graham Smith checks out the Mazda 121 (1990-97) LITTLE BEAUTY: The Mazda 121 is eyecatching but lacks safety features. Graham Smith scores it 65/100. 65/100 M AZDA caused quite a stir when it unveiled its bubbly little 121 in 1990. The new model wasn't a classical beauty, but it was certainly an eye-catching little car. With its extravagant curves it was instantly dubbed the ''bubble top'' and became an overnight sensation. Even today, when you see one on the road, it is hard to stop yourself from smiling. It was that sort of a car. model watch After the ''Plain Jane'' car that preceded it, the 121 was a breath of fresh air when launched in 1990. Available only as a four-door sedan, the 121 was a real head-turner. With its soft, rounded shape it stood out from the rather bland angular cars of the day. While it looked small, it was in fact larger than its predecessor. It was taller, wider and longer, and had a longer wheelbase and wider track. Inside, four adults could be accommodated in quite decent comfort in a roomy and airy cabin. They sat in a rather upright position, which liberated quite a bit of room fore-aft, and with the high roof line there was quite good headroom. The boot was also a good size, while the 50/50 split/fold rear seat made it even more flexible. There was just the one engine available at launch, a 1.3-litre single overhead camshaft four-cylinder engine with throttle body fuel injection. At its best it put out 54kW at 6000rpm and 106Nm at 3700rpm. A little more zip was injected in 1994 when Mazda added the choice of a 1.5-litre engine, which offered 8kW more power and 14Nm of extra torque. At first, buyers could choose between a five-speed manual and four- speed auto, until the auto was dropped in 1993. The suspension was conventional, MacPherson Struts at the front with a torsion beam at the rear, and coil springs all round. Being tall, roll could have been an unsettling trait in the 121, but Mazda kept a fairly tight rein on it to keep it riding flat. That, coupled with the stiff body, meant the 121 was quite a fun little car to drive. on the lot Pay $3500-$5000 for a 1.3-litre car in tip-top shape, or $5000-$6000 for one with the larger powerplant. in the shop Cars as old as the 121 bubble vary enormously in condition. Shopping around is important to find those that have been well looked after. Paint can be a problem. It is quite common to find faded paint, particularly on the darker colours. Check the body for rust, lift the carpets and boot mat to look at the floorpan, and check around the windows. Listen for rattles in the engine, remove the oil filler and look for sludge, and watch for smoke from the exhaust. Make sure the auto transmission selects gears smoothly and without hesitation. On the manual, observe for any reluctance to engage when shifting gears. Check for a service record. Regular oil changes are crucial to keeping the engine alive. on the road It looked bright and bubbly and the 121 drove that way as well. Its compact dimensions, tight body, and stiff suspension made it quite sporty in nature. Nicely balanced on the road, it was accomplished on all types of roads. While its rather large frontal area limited its ultimate speed, it accelerated well, making it zippy in traffic. in a crash A small car and no airbags is not a great recipe for safety in today's crash-and-bash world. Because they are often bought for starter drivers, parents should consider the relative lack of safety of the 121 before putting their kids into one. at the pump Small and compact, the 121 was an economical car. At its launch Mazda claimed it would do about 7.0l/100km around town and 5.5l/100km on the open road. look for Cute looks; upright, roomy cabin; modest performance; fun driving; few safety features; economical running; good overall condition. also check these SUZUKI SWIFT 1985-95: Small car lived up to its name. Zippy performance and nimble handling made it a popular choice, but it felt light and rather fragile. Showing its age. Pay $1500-$4500. DAIHATSU CHARADE 1987-93: Solid, reliable little car was well respected, but largely flew under the radar. Worth a look if you could find one in good condition. Pay $1800-$4000. bottom line A cute, cuddly sedan that, in good condition, can make a good first car. Do you drive a Mercedes-Benz 190E? What do you think of it? Send your views to Graham Smith at CarsGuide or email to email@example.com Visit Performance Automobiles to book a test drive today. 20th Anniversary Event B Surprised! www.mbhobart.com.au PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS, HOBART 2010 B Class Model from $39,990 Drive away Limited time only. Price refers to B180 manual petrol model. 6210 7000
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