The [inaugural] regular weekly segment where I answer your car questions

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I’m thinking of buying a Mazda SP25 Astina. Can you provide some input on the pros and cons of the 2.5-litre petrol engine over the 2.2-litre diesel engine? - Wayne

See also my in-depth report on petrol versus diesel >>


Can I use e10 petrol in my car? It’s a 10-year-old Hyundai i30. - Kathy


Should I buy the Volkswagen Golf GTI or the Hyundai i30 SR? - Tina

Pretty much a lay-down misere for the Hyundai i30 there. Visit my i30 Home Pave >> or search more Volkswagen reports >>


I need a vehicle that will tow 3.5 tonnes, and I’ve been reading your website. You only talk about the utes, not SUVs. How come? I don’t want to spend more than $42,000. - Wendy

Utes are the cheapest entry point into the 3.5-tonne tow capacity class. See my latest ute reports >>


After 16,000km my Ford Focus started to shudder. They’ve done a software upgrade and later fitted a new transmission control module. It’s still defective. What can I do? This is a defective transmission, and Ford is just not helping. I feel like I’m stuck. How do I get my money back? Please help. - Ivan

The Ford Focus transmission is notoriously unreliable. See my latest Ford Focus reports >>


The Subaru WRX STI or the Chrysler 300 SRT8? I like the Subaru WRX STI because it’s a four-door sedan and a manual (so the wife won’t be able to drive it) but I’m really stuck against it and the Chrysler 300 SRT8. Is the Chrysler reliable? Is the fact that the WRX STI is running the old engine going to be a problem for resale when the new one arrives eventually? - Daniel

I've reviewed both of these cars. So you can see for yourself, but the differences are really self-apparent. The Chrysler 300 SRT8 is unashamedly a muscle car - brutal straight-line acceleration and it's got the look. The Subaru WRX STI is a super-fast hi-tech performance car that can't match the Chrysler in a straight line, but is a monster between (and in) bends. Amazingly sure-footed and quick from A to B in all conditions in the real world.