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Drive Life : May 28th 2010
1HERSA1 F011 ALL 4 THE VALUE, THE SAVINGS, Sydney City Subaru's End of Financial Year Clearance is now on. THE DEALS, THE DRIVER. 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 1300 039 072 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. Offer not redeemable for cash or any other consideration. Offer excludes fleet and government buyers. 3. Extras valued at $3000RRP for an additional $990 more than the recommended all-inclusive retail price of a manual Forester X. 4. Extras valued at $2000 RRP for an additional $500 more than the recommended all-inclusive retail price of a manual Impreza R. 5. Offer excludes Liberty and Outback 2.5i Premium models. 6. Price is $200 0 less than the recommended all-inclusive retail price of a manual Impreza WRX Club Spec 10. * Exclusive to Authorised Sydney Metro Subaru Dealers only. EBA037. DL397. McKenzie21037D FORESTER X SAT NAV SPECIAL EDITION $35,870RRP1 DRIVEAWAY Rec. Retail price for manual. Automatic available at extra cost. WITH OVER $3,000 OF EXTRA VALUE. IMPREZA WRX CLUB SPEC 10 $49,990RRP1 DRIVEAWAY Rec. Retail price for manual. WITH $2,000 EXTRA VALUE AT NO EXTRA COST. IMPREZA R LEATHER PACK $24,490RRP1 DRIVEAWAY Rec. Retail price for manual. Automatic available at extra cost. WITH OVER $2,000 OF EXTRA VALUE. 2,3 2,6 2,4 SELECTED LIBERTY 2.5i AND OUTBACK 2.5i WITH BONUS VALUE: PLUS ALL 2009 BUILD SUBARU'S RECEIVE: DEMO SALE • FREE REGISTRATION* • FREE CTP INSURANCE* • FREE STAMP DUTY* INCLUDING: > Free registration > Free CTP insurance > Free 5 year roadside assist > Additional 2 year Subaru Assured Extended Warranty IMPREZA RX SEDAN DEMO $29,777 DRIVEAWAY AUTO, Dark Grey, 3,150kms. BLY52V LIBERTY 2.5i SEDAN DEMO $31,777 DRIVEAWAY 6SP, Steel Silver, 4,965kms. BNE60V IMPREZA RS SEDAN DEMO $34,777 DRIVEAWAY AUTO, Lightening Red, 3,550kms. BNE60M LIBERTY 2.5 SEDAN DEMO $34,777 DRIVEAWAY 2 to choose from. Sunlight Gold. 5,000klms. BMS17L, BMS17N LIBERTY 2.5i SEDAN DEMO $34,777 DRIVEAWAY AUTO, Galaxy Blue, 4,574kms. BMS17M 5 The Sydney Morning Herald May 28, 2010 Drive Life 11 Excellent safety State-of-the-art diesel drivetrain Petrol models use premium ULP Practical and upmarket cabin Drive Life recommends WHAT CAR SHOULD I BUY? CAMERON McGAVIN If Geoff can rationalise the odd mechanical hiccup, a used 320i is worth a serious look. It's not any more useful than the other two, not that quick and its servicing and maintenance costs won't be dirt cheap but its upmarket demeanour, engine and road manners mean it's the most satisfying car here. If, however, Geoff wants a newer car and the protection of a factory warranty, it comes down to the 6 and Octavia. Both rate highly in the areas that count and are lacking in serious flaws, to the point where character and long-term ownership are the main differentiators. A sober, solid and supremely classy European or a sporty, involving and slightly more dependable Japanese? It's Geoff's call. For full reviews of these cars, see drive.com.au/what-car-should-I-buy. THE DILEMMA Geoff has had his 1993 Nissan Pulsar SSS since new and is looking to step into a later, safer model. He clocks up big open-road distances and needs something reliable and economical with enough grunt for swift overtaking. Geoff also wants something fun to drive, with a manual gearbox, good looks and space for his two kids. He's tossing up between Alfa Romeo's 147, BMW's 3-Series wagon, Mazda's 6 Diesel and a Skoda Octavia. The budget is $30,000 to $40,000. THE SHORTLIST Alfa's 147 is likeable but -- sporty GTA model excepted -- a bit short on the grunt Geoff is looking for. A tightish back seat and boot also mean its practicality isn't up to bigger rivals on his shortlist. That leaves the 3-Series, 6 and Octavia, each of which satisfies the majority of our core requirements. They're not the only options for buyers seeking a practical, sweet- driving package but they are as good a place to start as any. 2002-06 BMW 320i Touring With used examples of the current 323i Touring kicking off at about the 50-grand mark, Geoff will have to lower his sights to the E46 320i model sold between 2002 and 2006. It's not necessarily a bad thing. The E46 was a class act during its lifespan, with handsome looks, a lovely cabin, great engines and standard-setting road manners. To all that the Touring added a welcome dose of versatility. The 320i's mandatory 2.2-litre six, though, was a little short on muscle compared with bigger versions, if just as sweet. A tatty BMW won't be dependable or cheap to put right, either, so only consider mint examples with a fully checked service record. 2008-onwards Mazda 6 Diesel The 6 Diesel immediately looks tempting. For a start, a factory-fresh wagon meets our budget, so Geoff can get the protection of a new-car warranty. Or he could save a few pennies with a near-new used hatch, in which case he'll still be able to get some coverage. Just as hard to ignore are the Mazda's swish exterior, great road manners, roomy cabins and punchy, flexible diesel engine. It's a quality package with typically Japanese (read: bulletproof ) reliability prospects. Some of the Diesel's issues, such as its mandatory manual gearbox, won't bother Geoff but the road noise and turbo lag could. 2007-onwards Skoda Octavia The Skoda, like the Mazda, is a more affordable proposition than a BMW, so Geoff will be able to buy either new or used, which will mean he can determine exactly the kind of warranty protection he gets. It's not a bad package, either. The Octavia's hatch and wagon bodies aren't as flash as the 6's but the cabin is comfortable, practical and upmarket, safety is top-notch and the petrol and diesel drivelines are state-of-the-art. The Skoda is a rock-solid drive, too, while a 2009 update brought more polished visuals, improved transmissions and a simplified line- up. It could be quieter, though. Petrol models need premium ULP and it won't be quite as dependable or cheap to maintain as a Japanese car over the long term.
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