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Drive Life : April 30th 2010
1HERSA1 F011 Sydney City Subaru At Sydney City Subaru we are here to help and we pride ourselves on putting you, our customer, first. CALL US TODAY SYDNEY CITY SUBARU 380 Parramatta Road, Petersham 9572 5055 > Satellite Navigation > Rear View Reverse Camera > Bluetooth® Mobile Phone Kit > Six Speakers and Sub Woofer FORESTER X $35,870RRP1 DRIVEAWAY EXTRA INCLUSIONS: Rec. Retail price for manual hatch or sedan. Automatic available at extra cost. 1. Price may vary between retailers and is based on a private purchaser with a good driving record and may be higher for other purchasers. 2. Extras valued at $3000 RRP for an additional $99 0 more than the recommended all-inclusive retail price of a manual Forester X. Offer excludes Forester X Columbia vehicles. 3. Offer not redeemable for cash or any other consideration. Offer excludes fleet and government buyers. 4. Extras valued at $2000 RRP for an additional $500 more than the recommended all-inclusive retail price of a manual Impreza R. 5. Some parts of seating not full natural leather. All offers end 5pm Sunday 2nd May 2010. DL397 McKenzie21037B NOW WITH EXTRAS WORTH $3,000. LIMITED STOCK. 2,3. IMPREZA R SPECIAL EDITION. HURRY, LIMITED STOCK. DEMONSTRATOR SPECIALS. IMPREZA R $24,490 DRIVE Rec. Retail price for manual. Automatic availab WITH LEATHER PACK WORTH $2,000. > RS sports bucket leather seats 5 > Leather steering wheel > Leather gear knob LEATHER PACK INCLUSIONS: 3,4. ANYONE 4 SAT NAV? LEATHER? EXTRA VALUE? SYDNEY CITY SUBARU EAWAYRRP1 le at extra cost. IMPREZA RX SEDAN $27,377 Driveaway 5SP, Obsidian Black, 3,125kms. BMS22K IMPREZA RX HATCH $29,777 Driveaway AUTO, Spark Silver, 3,350kms. BMS33 LIBERTY 2.5i SEDAN $31,777 Driveaway 6SP, Steel Silver, 4,9 6 5kms. BNE6 0V IMPREZA RX SEDAN $29,777 Driveaway AUTO, Dark Grey, 4,474kms. BLY52V IMPREZA RX HATCH $29,777 Driveaway AUTO, Spark Silver, 5,2 9 5kms. BLY53S IMPREZA RS SEDAN $34,777 Driveaway AUTO, Lightening Red, 3,5 50kms. BNE60M LIBERTY 2.5i SEDAN $35,377 Driveaway AUTO, Sunlight Gold, 4,189kms. BMS17L LIBERTY 2.5i SEDAN $35,777 Driveaway AUTO, Galaxy Blue, 4,574kms. BMS17M LIBERTY SPORTS PREMIUM $42,777 Driveaway Crystal Black, 3,650kms. BMG35V The Sydney Morning Herald April 30, 2010 Drive Life 11 All-wheel-drive in some models Tight rear leg room Solid body Drive Life recommends WHAT CAR SHOULD I BUY? CAMERON McGAVIN When you're looking at cars with a decade-plus behind them, considerations such as brand and model are ultimately less significant than condition. Still, assuming Joshua is faced with a 323/Laser, Impreza and Corolla, all in great nick, some sense can be made. The Toyota is the safe choice. It's not the best drive or the easiest to love but if you want something solid, safe and with low- impact ownership, this is it. However, if you want more satisfaction and can commit to by-the-book servicing, then the Mazda/Ford and Subaru rise to the top. Which one? The 323/Laser twins are better presented and sharper in drive and performance but lack the security of the Impreza's all-wheel-drive. In this safety-conscious contest, that gives Subaru a narrow win. Airbags THE DILEMMA Joshua is trying to find a car for his younger brother. He will be getting his licence a year before his friends, so Joshua is thinking a low- performance two-seater will be the best way for him to avoid being revved up by groups of friends. He is thinking a Toyota Hilux or similar but is worried about the lack of safety equipment and now wonders whether a small car might be a better option. The budget is about $5000. THE SHORTLIST While a used commercial ute such as a Hilux offers a chance to restrict seating capacity and performance, it also means a less than sophisticated safety armoury. Inferior road holding compared with your typical car is another disadvantage. So, as Joshua suspects, the safety benefits are questionable. I'd feel more comfortable steering an inexperienced driver into a small car. Safer than a ute, not so frisky it gets the boys excited and has the kind of predictable handling that helps save young drivers from themselves. Here are some good starting points. 1993-2003 Mazda 323/Ford Laser Most 323s and Lasers in the $5000 bracket will be 1993-98 models but the odd 1998-2003 example will also pop up. They're all similar in their core attributes, so condition should be the determining factor. Whichever 323 or Laser you go for, you can count on capable road manners, great quality and competitive safety for the era. Sedans weren't as nice to look at as the hatches but all were smartly designed and respectably roomy. Usually we'd recommend the bigger 1.8-litre engine but in this circumstance the less than stirring 1.6 might be preferable. Be wary of examples with a half-baked service record as it can lead to trouble. 1993-2000 Subaru Impreza Think Impreza and the boy-racer WRX probably comes to mind but more pedestrian examples are well suited to young drivers. With its solid body and airbag availability, the Subaru was safer than many small cars of its era and handy in five-door wagon form. Some models got all-wheel-drive for exceptionally predictable handling in slippery conditions. It became mandatory in the similar second-generation model of 2000. The original Impreza came in 1.6 or 1.8-litre form but neither was particularly willing, while the cabin was plasticky and short on back-seat space. Like the 323/Laser, examples with patchy service records are best avoided. 1994-2001 Toyota Corolla Buyers at this mark will have a wide array of 1994-99-generation Corollas to ponder, with a few 1999-2001 examples thrown in. As with the Ford and Mazda, the newer ones aren't so much better you'd overlook an older version in better nick. Later models, however, were fully imported and, in liftback form, nicer looking than earlier cars. They were also more generously equipped with standard safety features. In the main, all 1990s Corollas share the same competence, good cabin space, flexible performance and firm road manners. Rock- solid reliability and low running costs make them unbeatable for buyers on a budget.
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