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Drive Life : January 7th 2011
1HERSA1 F020 FREELANDER 2 TD4 $47,990 Driveaway* $150 per week* Free navigation & 18" alloy wheels New 2.2L Turbo diesel engine DEMONSTRATOR CLEARANCE Latest model demonstrators Low mileage executive vehicles Balance of new vehicle 3 year/100,000 km warranty DEFENDER 90 $39,990 Driveaway† Save over $9,000 for a limited time Legendary all round performance 6-speed, dual range transmission LAND ROVER WWW.LANDROVER.COM.AU *Finance provided by Land Rover Financial Services which is a brand name of Jaguar Land Rover Australia Pty Ltd ABN 84 004 352 238, Capital Finance Australia Ltd ACN 069 663 136 is the credit provider. Finance is available to approved consumer customers on a secured loan product. Fees and charges apply. Offer expires on 28 February 2011. Total cost of the vehicle is $47,990. Excludes metallic paint. Interest rate is 8.99% over a term of 60 months with a $4,799 deposit and one off final payment $19,196. The comparison rate for secured motor vehicle loans which most closely represents the amount of credit and terms offered in this advertisement is as follows: Loan amount $30,000 term 5 years annual percentage rate 8.99% comparison rate 9.97%. 'WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.' †Saving of $9,000 based on Defender 90 recommended retail driveaway price from $48,990. Excludes metallic paint. Land Rover Australia reserve the right to extend or withdraw any offer contained above without notice. Offer applies to vehicles ordered and delivered between 1 January - 28 February 2011. LR7 710/SMH/0701 Alto Land Rover 387 Pacific Highway, Artarmon. Telephone: 9439 587 7 MD15789 Trivett Land Rover Parramatta 60-64 Church Street, Parramatta. Telephone: 9841 4146 MD14839 Purnell Land Rover 990 King Georges Road, Blakehurst. Telephone: 8558 7000 DL520 Macarthur Land Rover 8 Yarmouth Place, Narellan. Telephone: 4636 8888 ND5514 Trivett Land Rover Alexandria 75-85 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria. Telephone: 8338 2117 MD16132 THE MAIN EVENT NEW YEAR SALE Choice of 3 engines/6 models Navigation & bluetooth standard Autobiography options RANGE ROVER SPORT FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TM 20 Friday, January 7, 2011 The Sydney Morning Herald DriveLIFE used J HOLDEN SS UTE 2007-ON It's one of the best load-luggers around but look for signs of abuse, writes David Morley. NUTS AND BOLTS Engine 6.0-litre V8 Transmissions 6-sp man/ 6-sp auto Fuel economy 12.3 litres per 100 kilometres (combined) Safety rating I (howsafeisyourcar.com.au) LIKES Big performance from strong V8. Economy isn't bad when driven carefully. Cabin finally gets some usability. Good resale value. Beaut, lairy colours from which to choose. DISLIKES Automatic gearbox is OK but not up with the best of the modern six-speeders. Interior plastics are way off the pace. A-pillar blind spot remains a real nuisance. Not a true workhorse in load- capacity terms. NEED TO KNOW Many of these have been thrashed by cashed-up apprentices who bought them new. Try to fathom its previous life. Watch for big tow hitches and signs of a hard life. Be wary of modified examples. Many have been fiddled with extensively. Any V8 ute needs a close check for crash damage. THERE was a time when local car companies didn't pay the utility market as much attention as they do now. In fact, Holden didn't even offer a sedan-based ute for a few years in the late 1980s. Ford was almost as indifferent and it wasn't until the AU Falcon ute of 1999 that the company moved away from a basic body shell that had been around since the XD Falcon ute two decades earlier. As the buyer demographic started to include increasingly well-off tradesmen and a move to outdoor leisure pursuits that suited the ute layout perfectly, no one could ignore it for too long. Holden's first move was in 1990, when it reintroduced the ute in VG form, based on the then-current VN Commodore. With the option of a fuel- injected V8 and some racier trim, the SS Ute was born and with it a whole market segment. Suddenly, people couldn't get enough of high-performance utes that could work through the week and then head to the beach or bush on weekends. Holden knew it was onto a good thing and continually refined the package until it arrived at the VE Commodore-based SS Ute of 2007. The VE version was much better than any Holden Ute before it. The tray was now lined with plastic to protect the metal structure, the basic safety and dynamic package was much better and the vehicle was more practical, with space behind the seats to accommodate a briefcase or small backpack. It drove pretty well, too, and the V8-powered SS was especially strong. All wasn't perfect, however. The same windscreen-pillar blind spot that blights all VE Commodores to this day remained probably the biggest driveability glitch. Many of the earlier problems of the Chevrolet-sourced V8 were fixed with the move to the 6.0-litre unit of the VE. Where the old 5.7-litre variant often gave trouble with oil consumption and noisy operation, the 6.0-litre is much better. That said, any engine that seems noisy (particularly on a cold start-up) should be treated with suspicion. Inside, the big thing to watch out for is a trashed interior in cars that may have been used as work hacks for a variety of company drivers. The condition of the tray will tell you a lot about the vehicle's life and a tray that is scraped, scuffed and has generally been bashed around suggests a working truck rather than a weekend leisure machine. Some misalignment in the fit of the individual plastic panels would be nothing new. Make sure the interior doesn't squeak and rattle over bumps. Check the rear of the car for evidence of a monster tow-hitch. The V8 version of the ute was always seen as a good tow-car and some owners may have abused this ability. A car that feels as though the rear axle is walking around as you move from power- on to power-off could be suffering from worn bushes caused by towing heavy loads. Strange wear patterns on the rear tyres are another giveaway. A combination of image and marketing ensured the SS Ute appealed to hoons and many have been driven hard. Be super-wary of modified cars.
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