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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 10th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 10, 2010 VW must supply up-to-date maps CHOICE: For value for money and longevity the Golf 118TSI comes out on top. MOTOR MAIL I TOOK delivery of a new Volkswagen Touareg V10TDI in February supplied with the satnav option at $4760 and it came with a DVD of maps (version two) which appeared immediately to be well out of date --- at least three years given the amount of time the unit told me I was driving off-road. After complaining, I was told that version three of the maps on DVD was due within the next month or two, however I was astonished to be told that the new DVD would cost me $1900. The dealership has agreed to help me out with this one but Volkswagen Australia needs to take a really good look at themselves in terms of what is reasonable and fair. John Wall email More satnav snags I WAS interested in a reader's letter about the cost of an upgrade for his inbuilt Toyota satnav. I had the same experience with my two-year-old Pajero. The dealer where I purchased the vehicle said it would cost $580. I visited the website for Whereis (the map provider) but Mitsubishi was not listed. After contacting Whereis I was told that they do not provide updates to customers. However, they provide the maps to Mitsubishi who, in turn, make up their own DVD to sell to Mitsubishi owners. I also have a portable TomTom GPS and you can purchase an updated Australia map for $140 which they obtain from Whereis. Barry email This is something we intend to push with car companies starting from these emails. Service saga WE bought a Toyota Corolla with 7000km on the clock and were told it was an executive car that was no longer required. That was OK, but when it came to our first service, we discovered several book services were skipped because the vehicle is serviced by kilometres/date --- whichever comes first. That meant that some inspections were not done by the book (for example brake hose inspections). When we took this up with Toyota they said we could bring the book up to date, but at our expense. Next time we will be checking the build/compliance plates to ensure services are correct. Keep up the good articles, apart from good reading, it is good information. Ray C Email Thanks for the warning. Softly, softly approach I READ every week and see people complain about economy, brake and tyre wear all the time. I have a 2004 Calais V8 that has now travelled more than 300,000km. I have owned it from new and apart from the depreciation, I am happy with this car. I have averaged 9 litres/100km and, to date, it has just had the third set of discs and pads fitted. The tyres last about 85,000km for each set. I think if you drive steadily and flow the car in traffic --- not race it between lights --- then results like this can be achieved with any vehicle. Chris Pitman email You are right. Decisions, decisions I AM looking at buying a new vehicle and would like your thoughts on which of the following would be the best option in regards to performance, value-for-money and longevity noting that, at my present age, this may be the last vehicle that I purchase. The cars are a Volkswagen Golf 118TSI, a Mazda CX-7 Classic, a Subaru Forester and a Hyundai ix35 Elite. Rod Thickins email The Golf is probably your best choice and the most manageable. Or look at a Mazda3 if you want to save a bit of money. You should never think about a 'last car' because we all run much longer these days and there is always something new and tantalising in showrooms. Imports' ETAs IS Toyota still going to import the FJ Landcruiser this year? A couple of months ago they had it on their website and now it's gone. I have spoken to a couple of dealers and they have no idea when or if it's coming. And is the new FT-86 sports car arriving at the end of 2011? Furthermore, I attended the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2009. On the show's website its says the next one will be held in December 2011. Has the 2010 show been cancelled? Geoff Braithwaite email The FJ Cruiser is definitely coming, probably around October and the FT-86 is likely to arrive in early 2012. The Tokyo Show is only held every second year so there was never going to be one in 2010. The date has been moved back for 2011 to clear some space from the rival Frankfurt Motor Show in October. RAV4 the best choice I WANT to buy a Toyota RAV4 three-door sport or a Suzuki Grand Vitara JB three-door. The only problem with the Suzuki is the bright red colour, but I will put up with if it is far better. Pauline Varga email You probably only want a suburban runabout which makes the RAV a much better choice. WHEEL DEALS used cars CHOICES: One of DJ's seven Tiidas. Wayne's Car Sales DEAL of the week at Wayne's is a 2007 Toyota Rav4 CV wagon at $26,990. It features a 2.4-litre motor, five- speed gearbox, power steering, air conditioning, airbags and electric windows. Tilford AT Tilford Auto Group Used Cars there is a great value Mazda 3 Maxx Sports. This 2005 model has done 72,000km and has all the factory extras expected from these popular models including alloys, cruise control, ABS, a six-disc CD player, and the safety of front, side and curtain airbags. Great value, reduced to $16,888. Co-Op A 2008 Holden Captiva SX is Co-Op's hot deal today. Sporting a 2.0-litre turbo diesel, this automatic features traction and stability control, alloy wheels, cruise control, six airbags and a cargo barrier. Great value at $26,990. Motors MOTORS Glenorchy have reduced their red hot 2006 Holden Commodore SV6 sedan. It has a high-output 190kW Alloytec V6 with an active-select five-speed automatic. It has 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, body kit including front spoiler with fog lights, side skirts, dual exhaust and a rear spoiler. Was $29,995, this weekend $27,995. DJs PRICED to sell at $15,990 drive away, DJs has seven Nissan Tiida sedans and hatches. These automatics are packed with features like dual airbags, ABS brakes, cruise control and the remainder of their three year/ 100,000km warranty. Each has travelled less than 35,000km. OPINION Share your thoughts
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