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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 12th 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 used cars ZIPPY: Motors Glenorchy have four used 2009 Hyundai Getzs available. Tilford THERE is a sharp deal on a 2005 VZ Holden S utility at Tilford. This automatic looks the business with factory alloys, body kit and tonneau cover plus electric windows and mirrors. Reduced by $2000 for this weekend only, drive away for $19,888. Motors Glenorchy A SECOND scoop purchase of 2009 Hyundai Getz has landed. These Getz have it all: MP3 CD player with iPod connectivity Bluetooth for your mobile phone, air conditioning, five-speed manual gearbox and central locking. They have low kilometres and a new car warranty until June 2014. These zippy hatches have great fuel economy of just 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres. Four automatic five-door models at $13,990. DJ Quality Used Cars WHEEL Deal for this week at DJs is a scoop purchase of Nissan Tiida hatches and sedans. All have low kilometres, automatic transmission, dual airbags, ABS brakes, cruise control and the remainder of their three-year/100,000km warranty. Six to choose from at $15,990 drive away. Hot hatch with a refined touch LUXURY: Volkswagen's Golf R32 was the carmaker's attempt to add some class to the hatch market. VW Golf R32 (2006-2008) 70/100 VOLKSWAGEN claims responsibility for the hot hatch, which is a fair enough boast when you remember the Golf GTi kick- started the movement back in the 1970s. Given its history, it's not surpris- ing VW pushed boundaries as other carmakers joined the party with their own GTi clones. The R32 was VW's attempt to build the ultimate luxury hatch, one that would offer a very differ- ent but still exhilarating driving experience to the GTi. model watch The Golf GTi has always been the hot hatch benchmark; it was the first and remains the one that comes to mind first when the chat turns to hot hatches. But in the wake of the GTi's success other carmakers have jumped into the fray with their own versions of the VW formula and the class has become rather saturated with choices. While the sizzling hot turbocharged front-wheel drive GTi retains pole position in the class, and delivers the sort of performance petrolheads lust after, the R32 offered a more refined driving experience. It actually irked VW that the R32 was described as a hot hatch; it saw it as a ''luxury class saloon'', one that offered a unique blend of performance and refinement. Unfortunately for the company to most eyes it looked like a hot hatch, so that's what it was. Badges aside there were few visual clues to identify an R32 from a distance; it looked pretty much like any other Golf. VW, however, was of the view that the aluminium-look grille, extra air intakes in the front bumper, and twin polished stainless steel exhaust outlets were enough to make it stand out. If the skin appeared little different from the rest of the range, what lay under the skin was quite a different story. The engine was a 3.2-litre double overhead camshaft V6 that put out 184kW at 6300 revs along with 310Nm between 2500 and 3000 revs. To put that into some sort of context, a turbocharged GTi at the time boasted 147kW and 280Nm. The R32 also differed from the GTi in the drive it employed. Whereas a GTi was conventional front-wheel drive the R32 used VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system. 4Motion used a Haldex mechanical coupling that was controlled electronically to give the best grip in all conditions. VW also reset the suspension to cope with the extra zip of the R32, which sat lower than a GTi, had uprated springs and shocks, and rolled on larger, 18-inch, alloy wheels. In line with VW's pitch that the R32 was a luxury sedan it came with automatic air-conditioning, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers and bi- xenon headlamps. on the lot To drive away in VW's upmarket sports hatch you'll need to spend $35,000-$42,000. in the shop VW build quality is generally of a high standard with good fit and finish inside and out. Few issues concern R32 owners --- the car's mechanical package is sound and well proven, including the 4Motion drive system. The main issue that eventually surfaces on this, and most other Euro cars, is brake wear. European cars are renowned for the rate of wear on both discs and pads and owners get quite a shock when presented with a bill that is usually quite substantial. Servicing is important so check for a credible service record that confirms regular oil and filter changes. on the road The R32 faced an uphill battle to convince buyers to spend the extra dollars needed over a GTi when the GTi was such a great car. That wasn't to suggest that the R32 couldn't hold its own on the road; it could do the 0-100 km/h sprint in a creditable 6.5 seconds. Given its head it would cover ground very quickly, with a finely balanced chassis and great grip on the road. But being more luxury focused the R32 did the job with little fuss; it was smooth, refined and comfortable. in a crash The R32 packed plenty of safety gear with front, side and curtain airbags for the ultimate protection in the event of a crash. Before the crunch came there was electronic stability control, anti-skid brakes, traction control and electronic diff lock to stave off trouble at the wheel. at the pump Like all performance cars the fuel consumption of the R32 is dependent on the way its driven. Road testers tend to be rather heavy on the throttle, using up whatever performance is available under the right foot. With that in mind road testers at the time of the R32's launch reported average fuel consumption of 11.5-12.5L/100km. look for Sizzling performance, all-wheel drive grip, compact dimensions, luxury refinement, a thirsty V6 and innocuous looks. also check these VW GOLF GTi 2005-2008 Set the hot hatch benchmark three decades ago and still thrills today. Has heaps of performance and a beaut agile chassis, yet is still comfortable and refined. Pay $24,000-$29,000. MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX 2005-2007 Evolved from the humble Lancer shopping trolley, the EVO IX is a pocket rocket. It's got the feel of a genuine high-performance car with the exhilarating ability to corner on rails courtesy of its all- wheel drive system. It offers practicality at an affordable price. Pay $31,000- $36,000. MAZDA 3 MPS 2006-2008 Understated looks disguise an impressive hot hatch. A well-built, low-key hatch with a 2.3-litre turbo engine, slick six-speed gearbox, brakes and handling the MPS is both thrilling and affordable. Worth looking at if you like to be anonymous. Pay $23,000-$27,000. the bottom line Great driving hatch, but why bother when the GTi delivers more thrill for less money. COMING UP: What do you think of your Chrysler Sebring? Send your comments to Graham Smith at CarsGuide or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 281 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Hans Kerkvliet 0411 174 411 Robert Heuke 0438 289 277 $23,990. Drive away. The V240 4x2 Ute -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio, ABS/EBD, air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. 4x4 $3,000 extra. Metallic paint $350 extra. The Great Cars of China are here! $23,990. Drive away. The X240 4WD -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio/mp3, ABS, climate control, electric windows/mirrors/driver s seat, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. Metallic paint $350 extra. 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 FINANCIAL YEAR CLEAR OUT! HUGE SAVINGS - DON'T MISS OUT! Hobart's true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome MODEL 94 Peugeot 306 Hatch Man $2,250 $1,750 92 Nissan Pulsar Hatch Man $3,000 $2,400 96 Hyundai Lantra Sedan Man $3,500 $2,500 97 Daewoo Nubira Sedan Man $3,000 $2,500 91 Nissan Pulsar Q Hatch Man $3,500 $2,750 92 Subaru Liberty Sedan Auto $3,500 $2,750 95 Holden Barina Joy Hatch Man $3,500 SOLD 98 Ford Festiva Trio Hatch Man $3,750 $2,800 99 Hyundai Excel Hatch Man $3,500 $2,900 96 Mitsubishi TE Magna Auto $4,000 SOLD 00 Ford AU Falcon Sedan Auto $4,000 SOLD 90 Mitsubishi Starwagon Auto $4,000 $3,200 97 Ford Festiva Hatch Man $3,750 SOLD 94 Honda Accord Sedan Auto $4,750 $3,700 93 Daihatsu Applause Sedan Auto $5,000 $3,750 98 Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon Man $6,000 $4,100 93 Ford Telstar TX5 Ghia Man $5,500 $4,300 94 Audi 80 2.6E Sedan Auto $6,000 $4,700 94 Peugeot 306 Hatch Auto $6,000 $4,750 90 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 d/cab Man $6,000 $5,400 98 Subaru Outback S/W Auto $6,990 $5,500 98 Suzuki Baleno Sedan Man $7,000 SOLD 99 Peugeot 306 Sedan Auto $7,000 $6,000 00 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet Man $7,250 $6,500 97 Ford Courier 4x2 D/cab Auto $8,000 $6,600 01 Hyundai Elantra Hatch Man $9,000 $7,500 99 Toyota Tarago Wagon Auto $10,000 $8,000 03 Kia Sportage S/W Man $10,500 SOLD 07 Hyundai Getz Hatch Man $10,500 SOLD 02 Holden Rodeo 4x2 D/Cab Man $10,500 $9,300 02 Holden Statesman Auto $13,500 SOLD 05 Mitsubishi Triton 4x2 D/cab Man $12,500 $11,750 97 BMW 318i S Auto $13,600 $11,750 03 Ford Courier 4x2 Extra Cab Man $13,000 $11,750 03 Ford Focus LX Sedan Auto $13,000 $11,800 04 Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X Auto $14,750 $12,800 05 Mazda Bravo 4x2 F/T Man $14,700 $13,600 04 Hyundai Sante-Fe Auto $15,000 $13,750 04 Mazda 6 Classic Hatch Man $16,000 $14,700 04 Ford Courier 4x4 F/T Man $17,500 $15,500 04 Subarua Forester Wagon Auto $18,000 $15,500 02 Holden Rodeo 4x4 D/cab Auto $17,000 $15,700 99 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Auto $16,490 $16,000 04 Toyota Kluger 4x4 S/W Auto $21,000 SOLD 03 Ford BA Falcon XR8 Man $22,000 $20,500 05 Ford Territory Ghia AWD Auto $24,500 $22,800 WAS NOW
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