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What city car should I buy?

The Mazda2's greater ownership credentials and polished ride and interior put it at the top of our list.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Helen needs a car that fits into her narrow garage but won't be out of its depth on the highway.

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What mid-size sedan should I buy?

Subaru's Liberty 3.6R brings affordable technology.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Raymond is looking for a worthy replacement to his much-loved Honda Accord V6.

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Q&A: Winter tyre checks

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Amanda is wondering what tyre checks she should do coming up to winter.


Q&A: Air filter on VF Commodore

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Rick is wondering if a K&N air filter will provide any benefits.


What long-term car should I buy?

Hyundai's i30 is a no fuss small car with great ownership credentials.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Sid needs help pinning down what is likely to be his last car.

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Q&A: Air conditioner fire

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Tracy's air conditioner caught on fire after getting it repaired two months ago.


Q&A: Performance upgrade


Jeff's dealer offered him a performance upgrade endorsed by the manufacturer.

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What comfortable car should I buy?

Volkswagen Golf.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Damian needs to downsize from his Statesman but doesn't want to sacrifice comfort.


Q&A: Price of a tow bar

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Craig is wondering if he is being quoted a fair price for a new tow bar on his Audi.

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Q&A: Leaking oil

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Lorenzo is wondering what is causing the oil leak in his Honda Jazz.


What SUV should I buy?

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is the best fit for Hamish's need for fuel efficiency and a roomy cabin.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Hamish has a hankering for a seven-seat SUV but can't find one with the combination of space, flexibility, economy and security he needs.

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Q&A: Tyre inflation system

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Kylie is wondering what the hose connected to the centre wheels of a truck is.


What van should I buy?

The Mercedes-Benz Vito starts at $42,990.

CAMERON MCGAVIN We road test a Fiat Ducato, Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes Vito to determine which van has enough grunt to tow a caravan.

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Q&A: Petrol engine sounds like a diesel?

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Paul's Kia Rondo petrol sounds a lot like a diesel, and is wondering whether this is a fault.

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Q&A: HSV capped-priced servicing

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Scott has been informed that as he is not the original owner of his HSV Senator he is not eligible for the capped priced servicing program.

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What little run-about should I buy?

The Mazda2 finds the middle ground between price and equipment to make it the benchmark city car.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Greg needs a cheap, small and reliable commuter to back up the family Commodore.

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Q&A: Coasting in neutral

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Diane is wondering whether shifting an automatic into neutral and coasting saves fuel or effects the vehicle.

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Q&A: Tyre striping

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Rick is wondering if tyre striping/colouring will have an adverse effect on his tyres.


What fun small car should I buy?

The Subaru WRX provides all-wheel drive traction and turbocharged performance.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Damian and his wife are after a fast, fun AWD small car to replace her much-loved Subaru Liberty.

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What first car should I buy?

Hyundai i30

CAMERON MCGAVIN Peter is in the market for a safe first car for his daughter.

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Q&A: Noise while idling?


Emily's Captiva makes a bearing noise from the engine while idling.


What city car should I buy?

2015 Renault Captur

CAMERON MCGAVIN Ian's wife needs a city-friendly car that's easy on her back and won't feel out of place on the open road.

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Q&A: Replacement Jack

Rod needs a new jack for his son's Ford Mondeo

Mark Short Rod needs a new jack for his son's Ford Mondeo, and asks which one is suitable

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Q&A: Noisy Camry engine

Terry wants to know if the rattle from the engine of his 2012 Toyota Camry is normal

Mark Short Terry wants to know if he should be concerned about the rattle from his engine


What towing SUV should I buy?

The Ford Territory still offers plenty of space and value despite approaching the end of its life.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Georgia needs a car that can tow her caravan without being too much of a pig in the city.

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Q&A: Low profile tyres

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Bill wants to know if he can buy a new Mercedes C200 without low profile tyres.

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Q&A: Diesel Particulate Filter

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Sam wants to know what he needs to consider when buying a car with a DPF?


Q&A: Stop-start engines

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Merv is wondering if the air-con switches of in the new Camry hybrid like most cars in stop-start mode.

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Q&A: Sat nav settings

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Global Positioning System (GPS)

Susan is wondering if it is possible to turn of the petrol station indicator on her sat nav.


What compact SUV should I buy?

Winner: Kia Sportage offers a well-rounded package for small families.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Emily and Kevin are after a compact SUV that will handle a weekender's lifestyle and their upcoming first child.

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Q&A: Blocked fuel injectors

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Mark is wondering if he should notice if his fuel injectors are blocked.


What multipurpose car should I buy?

Honda's CR-V is a versatile all-rounder

CAMERON MCGAVIN Padraig needs a car that can double as a daily commuter and weekend hauler.


Q&A: Car shudders

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Kylie is wondering why her 2012 Ford Focus shudders when moving off from a stop.

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Q&A: Upgrading satnav maps

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Global Positioning System (GPS)

Warren is wondering if it really should cost $375 to upgrade his in-built satnav maps.


What tall and small car should I buy?

Fits the bill: The Honda City is the only tall sedan that suits Michael's wife's requirements.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Michael's wife is after a small car that's easy on her back


Q&A: Faulty tyre pressure mointoring system?

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A Drive reader is wondering if the tyre pressure monitor system in their BMW X5 is faulty.

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Q&A: Satnav issues

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Kev is getting error messages when using his satnav and is wondering who can help.


What large SUV should I buy?

Hyundai Santa Fe

CAMERON MCGAVIN Cameron is looking for a large diesel SUV that fits in with his high-kay lifestyle.

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Q&A: Privacy glass UV protection

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Graham is wondering whether the privacy glass in his Mercedes GL deflects VU rays.

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Q&A: Bets tyres for lots of kays

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Anil is wondering which tyres would be best for him as he averages over 50,000km a year.


Q&A: Five-speed auto reliability

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Mike is wondering how long his five-speed auto will last in his 2008 Holden Calais.

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Q&A: White smoke


George's Toyota HiLux is blowing white smoke and he is wondering what may be the cause.


What SUV for towing should I buy?

Land Rover Freelander 2.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Andrew needs a towing-friendly replacement for his Nissan X-Trail.

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What SUV should I buy?

Mazda's CX-5 Akera is the pick of this bunch.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Darryl is looking for a mainstream SUV with an upmarket flavour.

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Q&A: Shock absorbers


Monique is wondering if she has the right shock absobers to fit on her 1995 Mazda 323.


Q&A: Checking rego date

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Hugo is wondering what is the best way to check vehicle registration date now that cars no longer have rego labels in NSW.

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What family-friendly car should I buy?

Affordable and agile: The Hyundai i30 Tourer compares favourably with the CR-V.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Roger is looking to trade his Ford Fiesta for something more family-friendly.

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Q&A: Flat-plan crankshaft?

Elvis is wondering what a flat-plan crankshaft is in the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang.


Q&A: Sat-nav pronunciation problems

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Alan's new VW Golf GTI's sat nav doesn't pronounce even the simpliest of words correctly.

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What small car should I buy?

The Ford's great ownership credentials give it the edge in this small-car comparison.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Tony is in the market for a second car to complement his Hyundai i30.

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What SUV should I buy?

The Honda CR-V diesel is a spacious but compact alternative to larger SUVs.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Graeme wants a car that can carry a lot but isn't too big or thirsty.

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What small used car should I buy?

Honda's Jazz is a practical, reliable hatch.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Janet is after a small, practical and affordable small car with an automated manual transmission.

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What second family car should I buy?

Winner: The 2006-2012 Hyundai i30cw  is thrifty, dependable and has a five-star ANCAP rating.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Rick is looking for the right second car for his family.

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Q&A: After market or standard?

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Marcel wants to know if he should get an after market-chip on his 2008 Vito or keep everything stock standard.


Q&A: Clutch thrust bearing failure

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Will's clutch thrust bearing has failed again after being replace only just over a year ago on his 2010 Forester.

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What family wagon should I buy?

Sharp: Hyundai's i30 wagon is a practical option for families.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Nick wants a safe and roomy family wagon that won't cost a bomb to fuel or maintain.


Q&A: Torque v kilowatts

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Jason wants to know what's the difference between Nm and kW when measuring a car's power.

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Q&A: Mysterious noise when turning

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Dave's 2010 Outback makes a strange sound when turning at low speeds.

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What small wagon should I buy?

Honda Jazz VTi: Supremely practical.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Looking for a small car or wagon that won't choke when asked to carry a bike? Here are some suggestions.

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What reliable city car should I buy?

Brand new: The Honda Jazz VTi is one of the most well-rounded cars in its class.

CAMERON MCGAVIN Catherine is looking for a light hatch with a strong reliability streak.

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The full low-down on what new cars are coming in 2014 from each brand.

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Buying a car

Here's how to take the stress out of buying your next car.

New car buying tips

Dealing with car dealers can be daunting, but not if you go in with a clear understanding of your needs - and your rights.

Used car buying tips

Follow these simple steps and you'll emerge with your dream car and not a nightmare on wheels.

Getting a new-car bargain

Drive reveals their secrets on how to score a deal.

Choosing a car

Choosing your next car from the hundreds of models available can be bewildering.

Where to buy?

Buying from a dealer, privately or at auction each have benefits and pitfalls for the unwary.

Car brokers

Drive examines the swings and roundabouts of paying someone to negotiate a sharp price.

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How to test drive

Never rush your first encounter with the car that could become your best friend or worst enemy.

First car for the kids

Give yourself some peace of mind as you set your children on the road with their first set of wheels.

Trading in? Don't get ripped off

Going in prepared is the best way to maximise your old car's value.

Drive Car of the Year

Have a look at the past winners of Drive's ultimate car comparison.

Drive's motoring Q & A

Drive experts answer all your automotive queries.

Drive Green motoring guide

All the latest on driving that's friendlier on the environment.

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Ford Falcon Ecoboost has become a forgotten hero

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Blue oval's frugal four-pot Falcon is a forgotten hero, and a second-hand bargain.

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