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Drive Life : January 21st 2011
1HERSA1 F020 *Offer available on new stock vehicles purchased and delivered by 31 January 2011, while stocks last. Free on road costs comprise dealer delivery, stamp duty CTP and registration. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. FREE ON-ROAD COSTS ACROSS THE RANGE* Volvo. for life Scuderia Veloce Volvo Cars Sales, Service & Parts 586 Pacific Highway, Chatswood T: 02 9411 6677 Additional Service Dept 85 Hunter Lane Hornsby T: 02 9476 2150 svmvolvo.com.au DL034097 Eddy Rd Eddy Rd Fehon Rd MoriartyRd Critchett Rd d R n o t t i h W Bowen St Tr yon St Tryon Ln Goodchap Rd Nea St Seld on Ln Pearl Ave Lone Pi ne Ave Orchard Rd Nelson S t Ivy St SharlandAve HampdenRd Elizabeth St DrakeSt MowbrayRd 1 1 1 Pa cH wy Pa y GordonAve Bryson St Young St Whitton Rd XC70 3.2. SAVE $5,900* XC60 3.2. SAVE $5,800* on the manufacturer's recommended drive-away price. Now $58,700* drive-away, including metallic paint. on the manufacturer's recommended drive-away price. Now $59,950* drive-away. C70T5 S SAVE $6,100* on the manufacturer's recommended drive-away price. Now $63,500* drive-away, including metallic paint GEARTRONIC. C30T5 S SAVE $4,700* on the manufacturer's recommended drive-away price. Now $38,500* drive-away, including metallic paint. GEARTRONIC. XC90 3.2. SAVE $6,400* on the manufacturer's recommended drive-away price. Now $69,950* drive-away. THE JANUARY SALE EVENT DriveLIFE used 20 Friday, January 21, 2011 The Sydney Morning Herald FORD G SERIES This Australian staple is a good bet that's become even more appealing, writes David Morley. NUTS AND BOLTS ENGINE/S 4.0-litre 6-cylinder/ 4.0-litre 6-cyl turbocharged TRANSMISSION 6-sp auto FUEL ECONOMY 9.9L/100km G6; 11.7L/100km G6E Turbo (combined) SAFETY RATING (howsafeisyourcar.com.au) NEED TO KNOW Front brake rotors can warp. A shudder under brakes is the first sign. LPG models were affected by a factory recall. It's worth having the automatic transmission checked thoroughly by an expert. Not cheap to replace. Beware of cars that may have towed big boats and caravans. Don't buy a modified car. THE COMPETITORS HOLDEN COMMODORE Another big, tough Australian that will suit families. The Ford, however, has the edge on build quality and mechanical refinement. JII TOYOTA AURION Reliable and durable though all Toyotas are, the Aurion lacks the dynamic flair of the Ford. A good long-term bet, though. JII MITSUBISHI 380 Will be remembered as the car that killed off Mitsubishi's local production. It's not true, though, because the 380 was just a victim of bad timing. In fact, it's quite a good car. JII One of the casualties of Ford's move from the BF Falcon to the newer FG model was the Fairmont tag. Having served the company well since the 1960s, the Fairmont was consigned to the archives when the FG Falcon range landed in mid-2008. Its replacement (at least, the roughly equivalent model) was the oddly named G Series. Clearly, Ford was looking for a clean break from the BF model -- a situation made more difficult thanks to the fact the FG looked remarkably similar. In a nutshell, the old Fairmont became the G6 and the Fairmont Ghia became the G6E. If you wanted the turbocharged six- cylinder engine, you got the G6E Turbo. And for something completely different, you could also opt for Ford's factory LPG conversion in either the G6 or G6E model (not the Turbo). So, while it was no longer called the Fairmont or Fairmont Ghia, the broad intent was the same: a Falcon-based car with a higher level of creature comforts and all the otherwise optional safety gear thrown in. It makes packaging sense and the G Series remains a good bet. In second-hand terms, however, the G Series is even more appealing because, as they have traditionally done, the higher-spec models in a range tend to depreciate more quickly than base-model versions. That's great news for used-car buyers. The G6 was the kick-off point for the G Series. You got four airbags (dual front and side-front), anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brake-force distribution and traction control, plus climate- control airconditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. The G6E got more of everything, including head- protecting curtain airbags, stability control and full leather trim (curiously, the G6E lost stability control if you ordered the factory LPG option). Even so, the car was a five-star performer for occupant safety and, even in G6 form, always felt quite luxurious and well equipped. As a second-hand buy, though, you're better off finding a G6E -- mainly for the extra airbags and leather seats. The G Series drives well, with a particularly good match between the six-cylinder engine and the six- speed automatic transmission, plus suspension that is controlled but comfortable. They look pretty smart, too. Ford issued a recall for its factory LPG FG Falcons built until September 4, 2009, inclusive. The problem was the potential for the vacuum hose, which links the engine to the brake booster, to develop a leak, potentially reducing brake assistance. A Ford dealer will be able to identify affected cars and can tell you whether the fix has been done. One of the biggest hassles with Falcons for the past 20 years or more has been the issue of front brake rotors warping. The theory is that the standard rotors are simply underdone and the first time they get really hot, they warp and send a shudder through the car when the brakes are applied. In some cases, you might get away with machining the rotors back to true but it's generally a case of replacing them. Even then, the problem can recur and the only long-term fix is to have a set of FPV's bigger rotors and calipers fitted -- an expensive option. The highly capable six-speed automatic can also be problematic. A transmission inspection is definitely warranted. An engine that loses water could have a broken O-ring in the back of the water pump (another long-running problem) but the Turbo models can also be hard on radiators. Engine oil leaks are possible, although later engines are less prone. The relatively heavy G6 makes a good towing car but beware one that has hauled more than its fair share. A huge tow-hitch is a giveaway that the car has worked hard. We'd also steer clear of heavily modified cars.
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