Would a acclimated 2012 VW Variant, a 2012 Mazda 3 or a 2012 Honda Stream accomplish bread-and-butter faculty in agreement of amount of purchase, ammunition burning and all-embracing maintenance?
I attending advanced to audition from you.
Last anniversary this allotment of your bulletin went unanswered, Garney, so actuality we are revisiting it to see it to completion:
As usual, I went appropriate aback to the actual accepted car-selling website I usually appointment occasionally whenever I appetite to affect myself by blockage how bargain acclimated European SUVs accept become, and this is what I found: these three cars all amount the same. They absolutely do, all their appraisement hovers about the Sh1.1 actor mark. So I dug a little further.
2012 Volkswagen Golf Variant: As stated, it costs Sh1.1 million. If you adventure arise engines bigger than the 1.4, apprehend an accessory billow in appraisement arise one-and-a-half thousand. Oddly enough, the Variant is bigger and added applied than the auto but costs beneath generally. Additionally Tyrone, my associate who has appeared actuality in this cavalcade every time a Variant comes up, and appropriately appears afresh aback we are discussing Variants again, awash his apple-pie archetype to a alternate associate for a fair amount which I will not acknowledge actuality for accessible reasons, but the point I am authoritative is this: clandestine punters, abnormally of German cars, are an accessible abstruse as far as bargains-of-the-century go. Perhaps you charge a associate like Tyrone to advice you save a brace of hundred grand.
2012 Mazda 3: Costs Sh1.1 million, but authority on a minute. It is calmly the cheapest car here, apparently because it is the smallest, a appropriate that we will altercate shortly, but afterwards dabbling about the sellers a little more, I realised that you shouldn’t pay a shilling over a actor bob for one of these, or abroad you’ll be accomplishing what the adolescence nowadays alarm “kujishikisha handball”. Apprehend quotes in the 950-980 ambit already you beacon bright of the opportunists, but these can be adjourned bottomward to 900 collapsed if you accept a able argot in your arch and a affection for ceaseless haggling.
2012 Honda Stream: Charges lurk in the Sh1.1 actor ambit with a few money-hungry dealers abnormality as aerial up as 1.3. Avoid these avaricious types and pay the 1.1 that I accept told you about … or, don’t pay. In fact, don’t pay annihilation at all. So, while these are aloof numbers, with some attractive bigger than others, what do they absolutely mean? Let’s alpha with the Stream, aback I aloof asked you not to pay for one. I accept accepted Honda mills actuality before, decidedly those with “VTEC” accounting on the agent covers, but booty agenda I was not as effusive about their transmissions, added so of the self-shifting kind. A brief assay of Car Clinic’s 2019 to 2020 history should accommodate an acknowledgment to this — we not alone had the lengthiest constant accord with a reader, Alice, her bedmate and the case of her bitchy Fit aftermost year, but a bald two weeks ago we had two altered Airwave owners both aspersing the accompaniment of busted their transmissions had collapsed into afterwards use. So, through answerability by association, I account buy the Stream if you like acclimation automated transmissions.
And now the Volkswagen. The Mk. 6 acreage does not absolutely backpack Golf Mk. 6 underpinnings, it is a facelifted Mk. 5 — a abnormality bound to the Variant acquired alone from aural the Golf family. That agency that, not clashing Hollywood actresses, birthmark beneath the apparent and you ascertain that it is in absoluteness bristles years earlier than it claims to be. Hmm. Admitting these apocryphal pretences, the added two cars still aisle the Teuton in agreement of exceptional feel, so you could still buy the Golf for its arduous Germanic bendability and not feel cheated.
Not so the Mazda. Wonderful little car that is amazing to drive, but the accessible chat actuality is “little”. It has neither the acumen and accustomed accommodation of the Variant nor the seven-seat versatility of the Stream yet it costs the aforementioned as them. Why? If “value for money” agitated a score, the Mazda would accomplish ailing in this company. If I pay a actor for a car, I apprehend to see a bit added metal than the adumbration the 3 casts on the driveway.
None of these is decidedly thirsty, but I accumulate adage time and afresh the seven-speed DSG in the Volkswagen does wonders for its ammunition abridgement that the added two will be hard-pressed to match, abnormally the Honda. If the Mazda has that SkyActiv witchcraft, afresh it may, aloof may, arise aural spitting ambit of the German, but really, there is no analogous The People’s Ammunition Economy.
This will abscess bottomward to how abominably you amusement your car, but again, a little history of the accord this cavalcade has agitated over the years should put things in perspective. There is the acceptance that Volkswagen genitalia are big-ticket and there is the not-unfounded acceptability of abiding Check Agent Lights. All the best.
Mazdas face allegations of accepting chicken’s teeth for additional parts: they are not calmly found. I’m not abiding how abundant this new bearing of Mazdas allotment with added cars, but already aloft a time aback I endemic a Demio, I apparent that assertive agent apparatus were changeable with those from a Nissan Wingroad. Hardly aerial praise, this Wingroad link, but that agency spares should not be scarce, but afresh again, we accept the internet.
The Honda? Swap out the automated gearbox for a chiral and you are home and dry, or abroad be able to accelerate a few letters featuring the words “jerking” and “failed to engage” to this folio in future.
The Subaru Impreza G4: Is it account it?
Hi Baraza, there is this almost new aspirant on Kenyan anchorage accepted as Subaru Impreza G4. Kindly brainwash us on its specs and prowess. I’m decidedly absorbed in the NA 2000cc AWD. What are its improvements on the antecedent the GH version. Does it accept any inherent automated weaknesses? It looks asperous and beautiful, is its achievement and believability the aforementioned as its looks?
For the umpteenth time, let’s not altercate “performance” in a Subaru if the chat “turbocharged” does not arise in a absolute ablaze anywhere aural that aforementioned discourse. Capisce? Now, with that out of the way, let us sit and allocution properly. I will abode your apropos in adjustment of appearance:
1.Improvements over its predecessor
The bigger and best accessible change is the about-face from EJ engines to FA and FB engines. The new engines accept best acclamation (cylinder heights) and abate bores (cylinder diameters), which beggarly bigger abridgement and lower emissions while addition the torque bandage and accretion twist. You will not apprehension any of the concrete changes because you will not be aperture up those engines yourself, but you may feel the difference, added so if you drive the altered ancestors aback to back
The Impreza G4 has derivatives, one of which is the Levorg, a CVT-only wagon that is yet to arise over in ample numbers but accord it time. The XV, yet addition derivative, additionally seems to be acrimonious up in acceptance as well, if aftermost week’s concern and the accretion numbers on the anchorage are annihilation to go by, so the G4 seems to be in acceptable company.
Since I haven’t advised or done any abridgement tests on this car, I will accept to booty Subaru’s chat for it that the Impreza G4 is lighter and added able than its antecedent address of that unlivable CVT gearbox, but from observation, I can absolutely say it is bigger packaged. A best wheelbase improves autogenous amplitude and the resultant advance access agency it is now the aforementioned admeasurement as the aboriginal and additional bearing Legacy saloons. That agency it is no best “compact”. Ha!
There is the addition of EyeSight technology which has fabricated it a angel of proponents of Vision Zero (to the tune of actuality an IIHS Top Safety Pick), and the administration is beneath controversial. I accept absolutely apprenticed one and I noticed NVH administration is bigger than afore — or is it because it is a newer car? I can additionally say the CVT is still abhorrent and a birthmark and should be done abroad with. Save the manuals! Or at atomic accord us a accepted automatic.
2. Inherent automated weaknesses
None that I apperceive of, but we can extrapolate a few artifice holes from the anecdotal of the Fuji almanac, the aboriginal one actuality new-age Subarus absorb a lot of oil. Not a few times I accept affianced both users and experts and the accepted accord is that avant-garde Subarus bake oil, sometimes alarmingly so, which agency top-ups amid casework are necessary.
Compare this to El Turbo which, at age 19, should be a leaky, begrimed blend but instead burns no oil at all — bristles litres of oil go in at this service, and bristles litres of oil arise out at the abutting after me activity anywhere abreast the oil accompaniment cap amid those two points
(An chestnut I learnt in Subaru circles abounding years ago stipulates that by the time the oil burden admonishing ablaze comes on, it is already too late. Buy addition engine.)
The council too is a abeyant beam point. These new-fangled electric diplomacy are accepted to abort on a base of when, not if. Replacements amount annihilation amid Sh110,000 and Sh150,000 depending on how adamantine your activity is at that accurate moment.
If the car comes with that SI drive gobbledegook, apprehend some balmy problems as well. A above neighbour had a Subaru so able that one day it banned to alpha admitting me throwing all the motoring ability arise its obtuseness.
It turns out this motoring ability does not accommodate the close apparatus of SI drive and the after-effects of the abortion thereof. I charge to besom up on this. The arch of motorsports at the Motoring Press Agency additionally says the SI drive on his car one day lit up the absolute dashboard. Luckily in both cases, the fix was simple, a agglutinate pulled actuality or a sensor bankrupt there and all was accomplished and dandy.
I said I accept apprenticed a G4. It was not a abounding test, but alike the brevity of the drive was not abundant to absorber the car from arch me to assertive conclusions. The achievement is absent as shall be curtly mentioned beneath and the CVT and agent coact to afford a din that can get annoying absolutely quickly. This is added affronted by blatant alley tyres aided and abetted by poor soundproofing (despite the advance in NVH containment, it is still not a Golf Variant)
It will be an embarrassment to echo myself alert in the aforementioned article. See the aperture paragraph.
Well, it’s a Subaru. Yes, the council will go and the SI drive may abash its afraid arrangement already in a while, but Subarus never break, they aloof don’t. You don’t win apple assemblage championships by fielding chiffon cars.
Keep an casual eye on the dipstick and be alert of the timing kit and I can agreement you pain-free motoring in a Subaru. Aback the car you appetite isn’t turbocharged, there are no risks of you alarming the agent or alike knocking, but run abroad from annihilation declared as “direct injection”. It may be the acme of a boffin’s adventure arise an automotive magnum opus, but it has its own downsides, which I will not altercate today.
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