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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 24th 2010
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 24, 2010 WHEEL DEALS new cars Motors Holden SAVE a massive $16,000 on a Phantom Black automatic Holden HSV GTS demonstrator. This hand-crafted Australian masterpiece provides amazing performance and show-stopping looks. With a massive 325kW of power and 550Nm of torque, it is one mean ride with plenty of grunt. Featuring 20-inch wheels, magnetic ride control with track mode, hi-flow intermediate exhaust system with bi-model mufflers, HSV performance leather seats with eight-way electric adjustment and upgraded six-piston SV enhanced brakes, this GTS is the complete performance car. Normally $96,000, now $79,800. Tilford DEAL of the week at Tilford is an ex-demonstrator Falcon XR6 sedan. It looks sharp with 17-inch alloy wheels, sports styling and sports handling. This vehicle has a smooth-shifting automatic transmission, and also comes equipped with the optional Tech Pack comprising iPod integration and Bluetooth connectivity. Great value at $30,990 drive away. Honda Central HONDA Central is offering CR-V manuals from $30,990 drive away on stock units. That is a saving of $3000 off nationally advertised prices. DJ Nissan DJS has a 2010 demonstrator Nissan Navara ST-R 4WD dual cab. Powered by a powerful yet efficient turbo diesel, the Navara boasts a long list of standard features including alloy wheels, side steps, airconditioning, alloy sports bar, power windows and mirrors. It has also got an Extreme Pack including alloy nudge bar, driving lights, headlamp and bonnet protectors, tub liner, soft tonneau cover, moulded front and rear rubber mats, driver and passenger weathershields and a first aid kit. Priced at $32,990 drive away for ABN holders. Hobart Great Wall A GREAT Wall V240 4x2 dual cab ute is available at $23,990 drive away. Leather-trimmed seats, dual air bags, CD/radio, ABS/electronic brakeforce distribution, aircon- ditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels, 2.4-litre 100kW engine and five-speed manual transmission round off this feature-packed vehicle. DJ Kia THIS is your chance to grab a great deal on a Kia Cerato S. It has got 115kW of power, SRS airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, six-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity, electric windows, airconditioning, power steering, remote central locking and a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty. Drive away for $18,990. Motors Citroen MOTORS has a special offer on the Citroen C4 Exclusive powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-charged diesel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. Save more than $4000 in July with free on-road costs. It features black leather interior and Bluetooth for $41,990 drive away. Standard features include a five- star Euro NCAP rating, six airbags, airconditioning, ABS brakes, electronic stability program, alloys, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, speed limiter, cruise control, central locking, trip computer, electric windows and a six-speaker sound system. Motors Hyundai IN stock and ready to sell is an i30 SX hatch at $22,310 drive away. Powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, this 1.6-litre vehicle has only just been added to the award-winning Hyundai i30 range and features a five-star ANCAP occupant protection safety rating. Expect six airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, airconditioning, electric windows, CD player with USB audio input, keyless entry with alarm and glove box cooling system. Lexus of Hobart A 2010 LEXUS IS 250 Prestige demonstrator can be yours for $59,990 drive away. This 2.5-litre V6 is fitted with a six-speed automatic, silver paint, grey leather trim, moonroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Co-Op Toyota IT'S Co-op Toyota's Mid Season Rev Up and they have fantastic drive-away deals on a new Corolla Ascent from $20,990, Yaris YR from $15,990 and Rav 4 from $29,990. DJ Mitsubishi DJS has a great deal on one white dual cab. This Triton GL-R 4x2 turbo diesel features ABS brakes, active stability and traction control, 16-inch alloys, side steps and alloy nudge bar. Retail price is $39,000, now $32,990 drive away to ABN holders. Q&A Don t drag the chain on engine check ASK SMITHY Graham Smith RATTLE: A strange noise in a 2005 Holden VZ Commodore SV6 engine could be a loose timing chain. Q Last year the engine in my 2005 VZ Commodore SV6 began to idle funny and I haven t been able to get it fixed. Sometimes there is a very loud clattering sort of sound that usually goes away when I rev it. My mechanic is struggling for an answer, while the local Holden dealer says its just the timing chain. I don t know what s going on, I have the feeling I might have to resort to a new engine. What do you reckon? Dev, email. It does sound like a loose timing chain as the Holden dealer has suggested. We ve had another report of a broken timing chain on an Alloytec engine and the result in that case was a badly damaged engine, so I would act quickly and have the chain checked and replaced if worn or loose. Q For the past six months I have had a problem with oil in the radiator of my VX Commodore. I thought it might be the radiator, so I had the mechanic replace it, but that hasn t solved the problem. The mechanic gave it a carbon monoxide test because of bubbles appearing in the radiator coolant. This test indicated exhaust gasses in the radiator. Could it be due to problems with either head gaskets, cracks in the head, etc. or timing cover gasket, or water pump problems? Richard Mt Gambier, SA The presence of exhaust gases in the coolant suggests its either a head gasket leak or perhaps a cracked head. Q I recently took my 2008 diesel Toyota HiLux on a day trip up the beach and after 15 minutes of driving in medium conditions the transmission light came on. I immediately put it in low gear and the light went out. My concern is that I also tow a van weighing 1200 kg, which makes me ask if the auto could be running at high temperatures most times when towing and driving up the beach, and causing damage before the temperature light does come on? I have had older model manual Hilux diesels with less power that only needed 4WD high in the same conditions and never had any problem. If I was to fit a transmission oil cooler to my vehicle and Toyota decided to recall vehicles with this problem would it be likely that I would be refunded the cost and then would the warranty on the auto still be valid after fitting the cooler? Shane Its unlikely that you would cause any damage to the transmission provided you acted quickly once the warning light came on. If you kept driving you would most probably damage the transmission. In the event Toyota decided to recall the HiLux for this problem they wouldn t refund the cost of fitting the oil cooler, that is something that you decided to do without any consultation with the company, so it would be your responsibility alone. Fitting the oil cooler would affect the warranty; it s a non factory-approved modification. All that said I would fit an oil cooler to be safe. Q For the first six years I had my 2002 Holden Astra Convertible serviced by my Holden dealer, but for the last two years I have had it serviced by Ultratune. During the latter period I have had a number of electrical problems with the car; the driver s window winder failed and cost $500 to repair, then there was the fuel pump that cost $475 to fix, next came a coil pack and the ignition key transponder at $520 and $220 respectively. In all cases I was told they couldn t be repaired, they simply had to be replaced. Are these common faults? Do manufacturers deliberately build parts that can t be tested and repaired? Can I expect to have more of these problems in the future? PJ Hickson Penrith, NSW They are relatively common faults. Carmakers do make parts to be replaced rather than repaired, its considered cheaper for all concerned if a mechanic simply has to pick up a new part and fit it instead of spending possibly hours repairing the old part. It means lower warranty costs for the carmaker, greater volume of work going through dealer workshops, and usually results in lower costs for the owner. Its impossible to say you will have more troubles in the future, but its a fair bet that you will. Q I had the gearbox in my 1996 Hyundai Lantra serviced recently and brackets placed front and back on the motor, but the engine still shakes at idle. I ve been told there is not much that can be done to fix it, is this true? Is it a fault with the Hyundai? Sharon Coote, email Its not a particular problem of the Lantra, and I would expect it could be fixed. I had a recent case where the engine in a car of another make was shaking at idle; that turned out to be the PCV valve. The valve was replaced and the car ran fine. So check the engine for things that could cause an air leak at idle. Q I have a deep passion for cars and it is important to me that what I drive is fun, practical, quality assured, safe and economical. I have owned a 1991 Falcon wagon, a 1990 Fairlane, a 1999 Fairlane, a 2002 Commodore Executive, a 2006 Commodore Executive and have recently sold my 2005 Commodore SV6 in my short driving history to date. While I have enjoyed owning the majority of these vehicles, they haven t been as much fun to drive as I initially thought they would be. I am now looking at vehicles in the small to medium car segment but am stumped as to what I might enjoy as my next mode of transport. I haven t really given small cars a second thought until now, however I have been considering Mazdas, Hondas, Volkswagens, Subarus and Peugeots post 2005, and have also considered the 2002 Lexus IS200 as an affordable small rear-wheel drive vehicle. I was wondering if you could suggest something in the small to medium car range around the $17,000 mark that would be more satisfying to drive than the big sixes I am used to? Steven Parks, e-mail. Everyone has their own idea of what makes a fun car, so my suggestions could be coloured by what I think, and might not be what you consider to be fun at all. My first thought is that I wouldn t describe any of the cars you list as having owned as fun cars; to my mind they re basic, boring transport. The Lexus IS200 is certainly one car to consider and you should be able to find one within your budget. You could also look at a 2000 BMW 325i, a 2004 Mazda 3 SP23, a 2003 VW Golf GTi, and a 2002 Subaru WRX. All of those are what I would describe as fun cars. The Japanese models are likely to be cheaper to run and maintain than the European models, but Im sure you would enjoy all.
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