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MAZDA2 2007 – 2020 USED CAR CHECKOUT

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2019 Mazda2
2010 Mazda2, 2014 Mazda2, 2019 Mazda2

USED CAR CHECKOUT MAZDA 2 2007 – 2020

By EWAN KENNEDY

Mazda2, is quite spacious for a car in its class as its relatively tall body making for decent space in the cabin. It can used as a small family car and the kids are in their preteen years. Though in Australia it mostly sells to singles and couples.

Build quality is very good inside and out and like all Mazdas the ‘2 holds its value pretty well. All the more she if you have it served by the book by an official dealer.

2010 Mazda2

2010 Mazda2

The Mazda2 is commonly used as a city car. Try to find one that hasn’t been thrashed around in the rush and bustle of constant traffic, not to mention bump and scratches in carparks. Low kilometres on the clock are often a sign of extensive city use.

The majority of Mazda2 are five-door hatchbacks. A four-door sedan was introduced in 2010, it was only sold for less than a year, but was reintroduced midway through 2015.

You may also care to look at a Mazda CX-3, a small crossover SUV. Despite its confusing name it’s based on the Mazda2 not the Mazda3.

Earlier models were sensible rather than stylish in their shape, but things changed on the fashion front with the second generation Mazda2, which reached us in September 2007.

Style became the byword with the launch of a new generation Mazda2 in November 2014. Using the so-called Kodo theme it moved up from utilitarian to pretty desirable.

Mazda2 is still no powerhouse, though, so if you’re travelling with a fair load of people and in hilly areas it may struggle at times. Try for yourself during your pre-purchase road test.

Noise levels are usually reasonably low but rough roads can significantly increase them, as can concrete surfaces on some motorways.

Mazda updated the ‘2 late in 2019. Always a company to listen to owners, the changes were based on feedback from them as well as potential buyers.

The  facelift brought it into line with big brothers Mazda3 and Mazda6. This included a new mesh grille. Front and rear lower-bumper sections with garnishes at the outer edges to give it a premium finishing touch. Foglamps were integrated into a new LED headlamp design.

Finished in a high gloss paint, 16-inch wheels got a straight spoke design. The 15-inch on the lower spec models featured a silver finish.

Inside, the Mazda2 G15 Pure is available with Brown cloth; the G15 Evolve has dark Navy cloth and G15 GT has Blue Grey leather with Granluxe synthetic suede.

On the infotainment front the Mazda2 received Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2014 Mazda2

2014 Mazda2

The 1.5-litre engine moved up from 79kW to 82kW, torque increased from 139Nm to 144Nm.

Standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane-keep Assist System and pedestrian detection for Smart City Brake Support. There’s a 360-degree View Monitor on G15 GT models.

The underbonnet area is reasonably spacious and a good home handyperson can do routine servicing. Safety items must be left to the professionals. Having a workshop manual on hand when you do your own work makes life easier.

Insurance rates are generally low. however, there seems to be a bigger spread than normal between companies so it’s worth shopping around for the best deal. Make sure you’re doing accurate comparisons.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Listen for rattles and squeaks inside the cabin by driving on rough roads, they don’t have to be unsealed roads, just some in poor condition. These probably that it has led a harsh life.

Check for signs of body damage or crash repairs. Viewing the car in good light you should be able to see if the paint doesn’t match from panel to panel. Paint overspray on windows, mirrors, badges and other unpainted areas is another bad sign.

Look at the interior trim and the lining of the luggage area for tears or stains.

An engine that’s rough at idle may have problems. During your test drive feel for hesitation in the engine, particularly when it’s asked to accelerate suddenly.

Make sure the brakes pull the car up firmly in a straight line and that the ABS system kicks in under high pedal pressures.

HOW MUCH?

Expect to pay from $2000 to $4000 for a 2009 Mazda2 Maxx; $4000 to $7000 for a 2011 Neo; $7000 to $11,000 for a 2014 Genki; $8000 to $13,000 for a 2016 Maxx or a 2018 Neo; $9000 to $14,000 for a 2016 Genki; $10,000 to $15,000 for a 2018 GT; and $13,000 to $19,000 for a 2019 GT.

CAR BUYING TIP

Small city cars often lead a harder life than those used in the country, so don’t be taken in by low kilometre readings.

To browse recalls on all vehicles go to the ACCC at: www.productsafety.gov.au/products/transport/cars/

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49 is out today as usual it is available from all Newsagents, leading Service Stations, General Stores and Woolworths Supermarkets from Coffs Harbour to Southport and as far west as Tenterfield, every town in the northern rivers. A very full 80 pages to read on these rainy and cold days ahead with over 32 pages of local news, 4 page lift out TV Guide, 2 pages of puzzles, 7-8 pages of local sports, 7 page of Rural news, 4 pages of Local Entertainment, trades and professional services, funerals, community news and events and a special 7 Pages on Lismore’s the Star Court Theatre 100 year Anniversary. This is a brilliant edition and all of our readers will absolutely love it from page 1 to page 80. Only $2. But HURRY as last weeks edition 48 sold out all copies within 3 days.

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JEEP 80TH ANNIVERSARY

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition.

JEEP 80TH ANNIVERSARY

By EWAN KENNEDY

80th Anniversary Special Edition Jeep, the vehicle that helped win a war.

Jeep Australia has introduced a limited run of 80th Anniversary Special Edition models across the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ranges.

“Since 1941, Jeep SUV’s have been renowned for their unparalleled off-road capability and freedom. Today, the Jeep range continues to drive best in class 4×4 leadership, as well as leading safety and convenience features, premium craftsmanship and exceptional on-road dynamics,” said Kevin Flynn, Jeep Australia Managing Director.

“We’re excited to mark eight decades of the Jeep brand with these limited-edition models and give Jeep customers the opportunity to own a piece of history.”

They feature Granite Crystal accents, badging and wheels. There’s an 80th Anniversary exterior badge, featuring the side profile of the original open air Willys Jeep and “80th”.

Inside there’s black leather upholstery complemented by Light Tungsten accent stitching and an 80th Anniversary seat tag for the front seats. The upgraded Berber floor mats also include 80th Anniversary tags, which feature the original Willys Jeep profile.

The 80th Anniversary interior applique is on the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee instrument panel, and across the console inside the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Wrangler Unlimited features an exclusive Jeep 80th Anniversary swing gate plaque.

The 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen says “Since 1941” across its infotainment welcome screen each time they start the engine of their collector’s model.

To further celebrate the 80th anniversary, Jeep Australia has launched Jeep Wave. This is Capped Price Servicing program for new vehicles, Lifetime Roadside Assistance when you service through Jeep and 5 Year/ 100,000km Factory Warranty.

JEEP CHEROKEE

The Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 80 units for the Australian market, and is priced at $51,941 MSRP. It is available in Bright White, Granite Crystal and Diamond Black.

It is based on the Jeep Cherokee Limited 3.2L. The features below are in addition to or replacing standard Jeep Cherokee Limited specification unless otherwise specified.

2021 Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

2021 Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

  • 18-inch wheels with Granite Crystal finish
  • Granite Crystal Rear Fascia Applique
  • Rear Fascia Lower Valance Matte Black
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Commemorative Badges
  • Granite Crystal Grille Surrounds
  • Body Colour Fascias
  • Black Day Light Opening Moldings
  • Body Colour Wheel Flares
  • Body Colour Exterior Sill Moldings
  • Body Colour Door Claddings
  • Granite Crystal Roof Rails
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Badging
  • Exterior Accents-Granite Crystal
  • Granite Chrystal Exterior Mirrors

Interior

  • Premium Black Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching
  • 80th Anniversary Front Seat Tags
  • Light Tungsten Interior Accents
  • Berber Floor Mats with 80th Anniversary Tag
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Instrument Panel Applique
  • Anodized Gun Metal Interior Accents
  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 160 units for the Australian market, and is priced at $66,941 MSRP. It is available in Bright White, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black and Slate Blue.

It is based on the Grand Cherokee Limited 3.6L.
The features below are in addition to standard Grand Cherokee Limited specification unless otherwise stated.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

  • 20-inch wheels with Granite Crystal finish
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Commemorative Badges
  • Dark Lens Tail lamps
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Mirror Caps
  • Granite Crystal / Black Grille
  • Front and Rear Accent/Body Colour Fascia
  • Dark Day Light Opening Mouldings
  • Body Colour Door Handles
  • Body Colour Claddings
  • Black Roof Molding
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Badging
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Accents

Interior

  • Black Leather seats and Light Tungsten interior accents
  • 80th Anniversary Front Seat Tags
  • Piano Black/Anodized Gun Metal Interior Accents
  • Berber Floor Mats with 80th Anniversary Tag
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Instrument Panel Applique
  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 80th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 160 units for the Australian market, and is priced at $71,941 MSRP. It is available in Bright White, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black and Sarge Green.
The Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Special Editions are based on the Wrangler Overland 3.6L. The features below are in addition to the standard Jeep Overland specification unless otherwise stated.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

  • 18-inch wheels in Granite Crystal
  • Mold in Colour Bumper with Neutral Gray
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Commemorative Badges
  • Body Colour/Accent Colour Grille
  • Gray/Black Jeep Badges
  • Gray/Black Trail Rated Badge
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Swing Gate Plaque

Interior

  • Premium Black Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching
  • 80th Anniversary Front Seat Tags
  • Light Tungsten Interior Accents
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Console badge
  • Open Air Freedom
  • Sky-One-Touch Power Top

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2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 COUPE

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AMG Line body-enhancement pack on the E300 Coupe adds sporting flair.

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 COUPE

By EWAN KENNEDY

AMG Line body-enhancement pack on the E300 Coupe adds sporting flair.

For the 2021 season the Mercedes E-Class Coupe has had a solid overhaul with an emphasis on sporting look and upgrades in many departments.

For a start it has the AMG Line body-enhancement pack that was once an option is now standard in all variants.

Meaning that you get the looks of a sporting coupe but can opt for the Comfort settings if that’s more your style of things.

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 STYLING
Mercedes E-Class Coupe is a long handsome machine that gained some envious looks on several occasions during our week’s road test.

As well as the AMG grille there’s a new headlight design, widened wheel arches a larger front splitter. The rear has a split taillight design. There’s what looks like diffuser in the tail though we’re not sure it actually acts as aero aid. Perhaps it would nail down the rear if we were cruising in Germany at 180 plus km/h, though…

INTERIOR
It has genuine high-quality leather that we have praised in all topline models of all the prestigious German company’s topline models for many years of road testing them.

There’s a redesigned flat-bottom steering wheel looks good and provides a little more belly-room for owners who aren’t as slim as they once were.

The rear seats are for two occupants only and there is good leg- and elbow-room because there’s no need to squeeze a third seat in there. The rear seats fold in 40:20:40 to give a choice of human/cargo room.

INFOTAINMENT
A 12.3-inch infotainment screen is operated by a touchpad on the centre console and isn’t the easiest to use. Calling out “Hey Mercedes” makes life simpler as it responds to voice commands – I’ve seldom had any problems getting the system to work, though others I’ve spoken others who don’t have much joy. It can also be controlled by capacitive pads on the steering wheel.

The very-wide instrument/infotainment layout didn’t appeal to me when I first used it in other Mercs, but I’ve grown to like it.

The Mercedes MBUX native satellite navigation system worked well there are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Connectivity is provided by multiple USB-C points at the front and rear.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
Power comes from four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo-petrol that provides 190kW (out that’s only there between 5800 and 6100rpm. That’s well balanced out by it having 370Nm all the way from 1800 to 4000rpm. The nine-speed automatic drives the rear wheels.

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 SAFETY
Mercedes has been working on car safety since the early 1940s and continues to be one of the leaders in the field. It has nine airbags and has high five-star ratings.

To avoid the need to use the nine (yes, nine!) airbags the E300 Coupe has active brake assist with cross-traffic detection, lane-change and blind-spot assist. Should the driver not be paying attention to the road steering assist will nudge the car back onto line.

DRIVING
The front seats are well-shaped and comfortable and support well without being too aggressive, after all this is a touring car not a sports machine.

Getting into the rear seats isn’t always easy as this is a large car with big doors and you’re sometimes pretty close to cars alongside in tight parking spots. Once you’re in there they are nice and comfortable as they are tailored for two.

Drive modes range from Comfort to Sport and Sport+. And there is an Individual mode to let you choose your own settings).

Sport and Sport+ sharpen up throttle response and keeps the engine in lower gears for longer before automatically changing up. It also reduces some of the steering wheel assist to give the driver added feedback.

The adaptive air suspension gives the feeling of being on a magic carpet in its softest setting.

Mercedes claims a combined fuel consumption of 8.0 litres per hundred kilometres. We typically used about nine to eleven litres around town and it was easy to get it under eight litres per hundred on motorways and easy country running.

SUMMING UP
Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe is a pleasant car for day-to-day driving as well as long country trips or weekends away. Though it can be used by four, somehow we feel it’s best used for two as luxurious personal transportation.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
E 200 Coupe: $103,700
E 300 Coupe: $117,400
E 350 Coupe: $128,200
AMG E 53 Coupe: $164,800

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe 2.0-litre turbo-petrol two-door coupe)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.991 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 190 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 370 Nm @ 1800 rpm
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 8.0 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 182 g/km

DRIVELINE: Nine-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4841 mm
Wheelbase: 2873 mm
Width: 1860 mm
Height: 1457 mm
Turning Circle: Not supplied
Kerb Mass: 1700 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 66 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Five years / Unlimited kilometres

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