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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 13th 2010
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 13, 2010 Quirky extras set stylish Renault apart TRENDSETTER: Renault Megane s credit-card style key is nothing to be concerned about. The reason I'm emailing you is because I am looking at purchasing a 2004 Renault Megane and the thing that is concerning me is the key --- I have never seen anything like it before. Instead of your normal looking key, it has a credit-card style key which you put into a slot and the press a start button to start the car up. Have you seen or heard of these before? Do they work well? I'm not sure if it is a good idea or not, have there been any problems with them? Megan email The key is a bit of quirky French design and something that sets Renault cars apart. No need to worry about it at all. Lots of cars now don't even need a key inserted to open the door or start them. Space-saver wheels are fine I'm concerned that quite a few small and mid-sized cars now have space saver'' spare wheels. I'm not sure why and how safe they are? Anne Marshall email Space savers are used because they are cheaper for car companies, mean less weight to carry around (economy) and because most people rarely get punctures these days. They are perfectly safe provided you don't drive too far or too fast before getting a full-sized repair or replacement. BMW 1 Series is great for city I've had a Commodore for a number of years as a company car and I'm excited as I finally get to choose my own car. I'm torn between the BMW125i and 123d. I'm doing lots of city driving. What would you recommend? I only plan to keep the car for four years on a lease so is one likely to have a better resale value than the other? Does colour matter in resale on BMWs? Are any of the optional extras important to resale? Nicole Dowling email If it's just for city work, always the 1 Series, as it is much easier to park and more fun to drive. But why the diesel? Unless you do more than 30,000km the sums won't give an advantage over petrol. Colour is the same for BMW as most brands on resale, so just stay with the basics. The extras are mostly worth nothing secondhand so stick to stuff you really want for your time in the car and don't be talked around in the showroom. Hyundais tick many boxes What are your thoughts generally on Hyundais over the past few years and also resale value? I am a real estate agent and on the road a lot but like the look of both the Hyundai ix35 and Mazda CX-7. What would your preference be and why? My other option is a second-hand CX-7 Jarrod Peterson email Hyundai is doing much better cars today than it has at any time in its history. The i30 was the landmark car and now the ix35 is carrying on the good work. The CX-7 is very good, but a second- hand car against a five-year warranty tips things in favour of the Hyundai. Better options than an Epica Would you please give me your candid opinion on the new petrol model of the Holden Epica. Geoff Grant email There are lots of better cars than the Epica, many of them a lot better. The Holden Cruze is a much better choice if you don't need the extra space. Rear windscreen dilemma I have a 2000 Kia Rio hatch and part of the adhesive --- double-sided sticky, 1/4 inch thick, foam strip which holds the rear windscren in place --- has become unstuck. Is there a product I can buy from an auto shop to secure this, or should I get someone like Windscreens O'Brien to fix it? I find it strange that a rear windscreen is only secured to the hatch by a strip of double-sided sticky foam, and not surrounded and secured by a reasonably thick strip of rubber or plastic as is the front windscreen, and rear windows of sedans. Andrew Dowling email The window will actually be bonded in place. Get an expert to do the repair for you as leaks can quickly destroy the cabin. New Micra worth the wait I love my Nissan Micra and wanted to trade it for a 2010 model. But I see that the 2011 is to be released in May this year, if that is correct. The 2011 seems very different than the current one, so should I wait or trade up now? I am thinking of trading every two years. Marion Byrne email The new Micra, previewed last week in Geneva, is a complete change from your current car and the 2011 model. It's definitely worth the wait, but unlikely to hit Australia by May. Speedo error is minor issue Wehavea2009GLXTriton. ..andthe speedometer is 7 per cent out. Not such a problem in itself until we realised that this does not only effect the speedo reading but also the odometer which means that the mileage shows 7 per cent more than the kilometres actually driven, which means that the service intervals come up 7 per cent more often, and the depreciation is also effected which will reduce the resale value. We have contacted all levels of Mitsubishi from the dealer salesman to Mitsubishi Australia and the basic message is --- that as this is within their tolerance standards --- they have no interest whatsoever in rectifying this problem.We find this unsatisfactory and believe it is a warranty issue as it is a new vehicle and the speedometer is obviously not working properly. What is your opinion on this matter? Is there anything we can do or anyone we can contact to get this fixed? Zelko Begovic email You are reading too much into a very minor problem as all vehicles have some degree of speedometer error. There are companies which specialise in correcting speedometers and that should be your target, since Mitsubishi is right that the legal requirement for speedometer accuracy is 10 per cent. BEAUT UTE: DJ s has this 2004 Holden One Tonner ute for just $17,990 drive-away. used cars Wayne's Car Sales DEAL of the week at Wayne's is a 1999 Toyota Landcruiser 100 series for $22,990. It features a 4.5-litre petrol engine, automatic gearbox, dual airbags and bullbar. Tilford TWO late model Holdens are available at Tilford, a 2006 VE Calais and a 2008 VE Berlina at $25,888. These well-optioned cars are in great condition and have factory options like reverse-park aid, alloy wheels and full electrics with dual zone climate control. DJ Motors A 2004 Holden One Tonner ute could be yours for $17,990 drive away. This 3.8-litre automatic is fitted with dual airbags, power windows and mirrors, alloy wheels, ABS brakes and tow bar. Co-Op CO-OP'S best used deal is a 2006 Toyota Aurion sedan. It has burgundy paint, has had one owner and comes with a full history. A rear boot spoiler, wildfire paintwork and only 64,000km on the clock, make this vehicle well worth consideration at $19,990. Performance Automobiles PERFORMANCE Automobiles has a powerful 2005 Subaru Liberty 3.0R-B AWD sedan. This family car has the performance and safety to keep everybody happy, and at $27,990 drive-away it offers great value too. Tilford Trade Clearance Centre TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP 6273 8533 www.tilford.com.au CHEAP CHEAP CARS & COMMERCIALS Hobart's true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome CARS 93 Toyota Corolla Sedan $2,500 5 speed, alloy wheels, June reg 92 Toyota Camry Wide Body Sedan $2,950 Auto, 8.10 reg, p/s, a/c 95 Hyundai Excel 5 Door Hatch $3,990 Auto, alloy wheels, CD, p/s, a/c 98 Kia Mentor GLX Sedan $4,500 Only 106,000klms, auto, red paint, p/s, a/c 97 Ford EL Fairmont Ghia Sedan $4,750 Leather, alloys, p/s, a/c 99 Hyundai Sonata GLE Sedan $5,500 Value, 4 cyl, automatic, p/s, a/c 96 Honda Civic GLi Sedan $6,000 5 speed, blue duco, p/s, a/c 93 BMW 318i $9,000 Full service history & books, manual, alloys 02 Ford Focus Sedan $10,000 111,000klms, auto, 2.0ltr, alloys, p/s, a/c 05 VZ Holden Commodore Exec. $11,750 T-bar auto, towbar, tidy, p/s, a/c 05 Citroen C3 Hatch $13,000 Only 36,000 klms, 5 door, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 04 Suzuki Liana GS Hatch $14,000 66,000klms, t-bar auto, immaculate throughout COMMERCIALS 97 Daihatsu Terrios 4x4 S/Wagon $6,000 5 door manual, 8.10 reg, p/s, a/c 97 Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4x4 Flat Tray $6,750 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, p/s 97 VS Commodore Utility $11,000 184,000klms, auto, alloys, p/s, a/c 03 Nissan Navara 4x2 D/Cab $12,000 111,000klms, manual, rear racks, p/s, a/c 02 Holden Rodeo 4x2 Dual Cab Flat Tray Ute $12,000 150,000 klms, manual, p/s, a/c 04 Ford Falcon BA Flat Tray $15,000 White duco, 3 seater, auto, p/s, a/c 07 Ford Ranger 4x2 Flat Tray $16,500 78,000 klms, 2.5 turbo diesel, p/s, a/c 04 Holden Commodore 1 Tonner Flat Tray $17,500 80,000 klms, black duco, p/s, a/c 02 Ford Courier XL 4x4 Dual Cab $18,000 135,000 klms, turbo diesel, 5 speed, silver duco 99 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed 4x4 S/W $19,990 7 seater, leather, auto, alloys
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