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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 25th 2010
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 25, 2010 WHEEL DEALS new cars DJ Kia A BLUE Kia Koup with aggressive sports styling is available today for $26,740. This 2.0-litre four-cylinder offers 115kW of power with automatic transmission. Features include frameless doors, six SRS airbags, ABS brakes with ESP, 16-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, fog lights, sports seats and suspension. Great Wall GREAT Wall's X240 SUV sports a long list of features at an affordable price. Expect leather trimmed seats, electric drive seat, ABS, 4WD, electronic brakeforce distribution, reversing sensors, climate control, 17-inch alloys, dual airbags, electric windows, remote keyless entry and immobiliser. Powered by a 2.4-litre 100kW four-cylinder motor coupled to a five-speed manual transmission at $23,990 drive away. DJ Mitsubishi WHEEL Deal for the week at Mitsubishi is a Lancer ES sedan demonstrator. This five-speed manual has a five-star safety rating, stability and traction control, seven airbags, cruise control and a 2.0-litre engine. Priced at $17,990 drive away. Honda Central HONDA has an Accord V6 Luxury in bold beige metallic paint. It sports a 3.5-litre V6 engine, navigation and rear camera at a low $41,990 drive Away, save a gigantic $13,000. Lexus of Hobart A 2010 Lexus RX 350 Sports Luxury demo can be driven away for $99,600. It features a 3.5-litre V6, six-speed automatic, silver metallic paint, black perforated leather and just 1500km on the clock. Motors Holden SAVE over $5800 on a Holden Commodore International demonstrator in karma metallic. This automatic sedan is full of features including leather interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear park assist, Bluetooth, cruise control, electronic stability control and six airbags. Powered by the new SIDI 3.0-litre engine there is plenty of power with great fuel economy. Normally retailing at $40,796, drive away today for $34,990. Motors Hyundai Hobart AN award winning 1.4-litre Hyundai Getz five-door hatch S has been reduced. This manual is finished in white paint and priced at $13,490 drive away with airbags, seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters, power steering, air conditioning, MP3/ WMA/CD player, integrated Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity. Motors Citroen AS Citroen celebrates the arrival of the stunning new DS3, Motors have a special offer on the Citroen C4 Exclusive powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. With free on road costs and free leather interior, it saves the buyer $7000 this weekend. The C4 has black leather interior for $34,490 drive away plus standard features such as airbags, air conditioning, ABS brakes with electronic stability program, alloys, electrically adjustable drivers seat, heated front seats and automatic headlights. DJ Nissan DJ Nissan is excited to announce the pre- release of the new Navara ST-X with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing 170kW of power and a stump-pulling 550Nm of torque. They are taking orders and expressions of interest now for delivery in January 2011. DJ Mazda LAST chance to take advantage of the DJ Mazda's September offer of free three-year roadside assistance, a free fourth year of warranty and $500 of free accessories on all passenger vehicles from stock. Commercial vehicles will receive free third-year of roadside assistance and $500 of free accessories on all vehicles from stock. Tilford A MONDEO Titanium diesel is available today at $46,990 drive away. The 2.0-litre turbo charged Titanium is at the forefront of automotive technology, packed with advanced features including adaptive cruise control, dynamic Bi Xenon headlights, park assist, rain sensing wipers, Bluetooth and voice control. The Mondeo Titanium also has a 5 star ANCAP safety rating with seven airbags, dynamic stability control and Ford's Collision Mitigation System. Ford issues' have driver rattled ASK SMITHY Graham Smith Q I recently purchased a secondhand 2008 BF Ford Ute. It is still under warranty and I m just about to put it in for 30,000km service. After all of the Ford issues I have been reading about recently I m wondering what I should be asking the dealer to look at when it is serviced? The driver s door on mine rattles like crazy around town but doesn t when it s out on the highway. Any clues? Alan Barrett, Latrobe, Tas If it s driving well and the only thing that bothers you is the door rattle, I wouldn t be too concerned about checking for anything else. The dealer should check the car over in the service and I would expect him to bring any problems to your attention, but it doesn t sound like it has any issues needing attention other than the door. Q I notice these days that dealers do not add a separate transmission cooler when people option a tow pack. They seem to think that having an integrated transmission cooler in the radiator is sufficient for towing, but I know for a fact that this is not good enough. I have a RWD Ford Territory that has a four-speed auto and a dealer-fitted genuine tow bar, and I had the same issue with the transmission light coming on while towing that Toyota HiLux owners are complaining about. In my case the transmission goes into limp home mode , stuck in third gear. The camping trailer I was towing was nowhere near the maximum limit; it was about half the weight. The dealer didn t want to fit the cooler as they said it wasn t needed, but I managed to buy one through Ford parts and fit it myself and got them to flush the transmission fluid as it was already burnt. When the transmission fluid heats up it burns and loses its efficiency to cool the transmission, that s why a good-sized cooler needs to be added for towing. High automatic transmission temps are the No. 1 cause of transmission failures --- talk to any auto mechanic. So if anyone has had that light come up, fit a transmission cooler and get your auto flushed/serviced. Alek Nestorovski, e-mail I agree, high transmission fluid temperatures are the fundamental cause of the problem, and once the transmission fluid is burnt it needs to be replaced. Fitting an external cooler is usually enough to keep the temperatures under control. Q The low-beam headlamp bulbs on my 2007 Subaru Outback are continually blowing. Last week the sixth bulb went on the right side and the seventh on the left. I ve removed them and checked the filament and it s definitely broken. All other connections are good, clean and tight. I just can t seem to work out why they are doing this. Is there an inherent problem and if so is there a solution? J. McCormack, e-mail. We haven t had any other reports of this issue here at Cars Guide, so we asked Subaru for their help. They advised that they have found that upgrade headlight globes (brighter/cleaner light) tend to have shorter lives . It seems that they have a trade-off between higher performance and longevity. This is true of genuine and non-genuine parts, although non-genuine parts seem to be worse as regards longevity. The recommendation is to buy standard genuine globes from the dealer and try these. They added starting the car with the headlights off will assist with longevity of the bulbs . In general, they said, if there was a problem with the car s electrical system, such as an alternator issue, the problems would be more general and not restricted to the headlight globes only . Q Recently I had a large inner- Melbourne Honda dealership quote for repairs on my daughter s 1990 Honda Integra, which consisted of a head gasket replacement and a new top radiator tank. All up their quote was $3600 --- more than the car is worth! My local A Grade Automotive Engineer did the identical work to a high standard for $1460! Can you tell me what the extra $2140 might have covered? Alan Smith, Trafalgar, Vic Its not possible to say without actually seeing a detailed quote of what the dealer proposed to do, but you could do that if you had such a quote. It s hard to justify a difference of that amount, but I would guess he would charge you a substantially higher labour rate and a higher price for the parts. Even with all of that it s hard to justify the difference. It further underlines the need to have a detailed written quote for work to be performed and it justifies the use of independent specialists who are often factory trained anyway. Q I have been told that the turbo on my 2000 Saab 9-5 might give trouble around the 100,000 km mark and that if it does it would require an expensive replacement. Can they repair the unit instead of replacing it? Max Oxlade, e-mail The trade puts the turbo life at 100,000-150,000km, depending on how they ve been serviced. If they ve been well serviced they will last up to 150,000km. The word is they can t be rebuilt and a replacement is the only real option. A new factory-supplied turbo costs around $2200 fitted. Q The tyres on my 2005 Ford Territory have done 60,000km and will soon need replacing. Most of my driving is done in town, none is off-road, I don t drive hard and I pride myself on being a defensive driver. I am looking for good road holding and longevity from the tyres. What in your opinion are the best for my car? R. Downes, e-mail The original fitment Goodyear tyres are no longer made in Australia. Goodyear is now importing its tyres like all other tyre companies operating here. Once there was no alternative but to buy the Goodyear tyre but there are a now dozen or so brands making tyres of the right size for the Territory. The best advice is to shop around and take the best deal going. They are all much of a muchness so you can buy on price. Q I would like to change the tyres on my 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe AWD from 225/70 16 HT to an A/T tyre for, say 60/40 off-road. By changing to an A/T would there be any adverse effects on vehicle handling? Murray Evans, e-mail The most popular A/T tyres in your size are the Goodrich All- Terrain and Cooper ATR. Both are quite good highway tyres with some off-road capability, but both are a compromise in that neither is as good on the highway as a dedicated highway tyre would be.They both have a fairly heavy block tread pattern for off-road use, and that means the on-road performance is diminished a little and they will be a little noisier. 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Minimum deposit MUST be paid on the day for these GREAT BARGAINS! 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 • Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 • Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 00 Toyota Camry CSi -- 5 speed................................... $ 5,990 94 Toyota Corolla Conquest -- auto, 1.8 litre ..... $ 5,990 00 Holden Barina -- 5 door, manual.............................. $ 5,990 97 Triton Flat Tray -- 2.4 litre ......................................... $ 5,990 00 Hyundai Accent -- auto, 62,000 km ....................... $ 6,990 01 Pulsar ST Sedan -- 1.8 litre alloys, spoiler ............ $ 6,990 00 Falcon AU -- 85,000 km .................................................. $ 7,490 01 VX Commodore -- full body kit and alloys .......... $ 7,490 02 Lancer Coupe GLi -- 5 speed .................................. $ 7,490 03 Pulsar ST -- automatic....................................................... $ 7,990 03 Mazda Bravo -- flat tray, dual fuel ............................ $ 8,990 01 Holden Vectra CD -- automatic ................................ $ 8,990 04 Ford Futura -- alloy wheels ........................................... $ 9,990 06 Hyundai Accent -- 3 door sports, 30,000 km ..... $ 9,990 05 Magna ES -- 3.5 litre, auto...........................................$ 10,990 07 Mitsubishi Colt -- auto, CV.......................................$ 11,500 07 Toyota Yaris -- 46,000 km ..........................................$ 12,990 05 Kia Sorento EX -- 4WD wagon..............................$ 15,990 05 Navara Single Cab -- 4x4 diesel ..........................$ 17,990 Good cars at cheap prices! SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 04 Hyundai Elantra GLS Auto, leather trim, alloys .........$8,990 OPEN FROM 9AM-2PM TODAY
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