Posts in Volkswagen
MAIL SACK 13 - Volkswagen Dieselgate Death Toll

In this episode: The end of the line for the Holden Cruze. Woof woof. How many people will the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal kill prematurely, and why those defective engines can’t be fixed without hurting power and economy. Plus a religious nutbag who really doesn’t like these videos, and the new even more irrelevant, outrageously expensive and faster Bugatti that can still never be driven on Australian roads.

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Which Small Car Should You Buy in 2016?

If you’re in the market for a mainstream small car costing less than $40 grand - that basically means a Toyota Corolla-sized car - let’s eliminate the utter crap

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Should I Sell My Volkswagen Golf Before the Warranty Expires?

I have a challenge ahead which is to separate my wife from her beloved Volkswagen Golf MkVI GTI before the extended DSG warranty expires. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is an awesome bit of kit if you enjoy actually driving a car, but you always have the shadow of long term unreliability and potentially very expensive repairs lurking over the ownership experience should anything go wrong with the DSG or anything else in fact.

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What 4WD Ute Should I Buy?

The 4WD ute segment is knee-deep in dogs. Once you flick the utes with fleas, the utes that are just under-done and the ones with expired use-by dates … there are just three 4WD utes you should consider buying. Let’s leave personal preference and marketing spin to one side and use the hi-tech miracle of objective criteria to process today’s dual-cab 4WD utes through the automotive abattoir. We’ll see which three manage to escape the knife.

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Should I Buy a Skoda? Is there an Octavia Lag Problem?

Hi John, I have recently driven two Skoda Octavias, the 103kW and the 132kW - both have the 7 speed automatice DSG gearbox. The main criticism is that when you planted the foot the car was sluggish for the first few seconds. I did a little research and it has been explained as an issue with the DSG. In all other respects I enjoy this car but I shouldn't have to manage the gearbox manually from a stop to avoid this 'lag'. Am I overreacting/over critical?

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