Letters: Answers to your shopping needs
Here is the latest batch of letters to the editor, for the month of June. Glad to clear up any confusion about resale values of Toyota, Infiniti, Nissan…and VW.
Alistair says: Hi, looking for a sedan/hatchback with the best resale value as i never know when i might leave Dubai. Choices are Lexus IS300, Infiniti G35, Golf GTI/R32, Volvo C30 and anything else similar you can suggest that costs up to 150,000. This website is a great resource, keep up the great work.
You got the descending order of resale value exactly right in your list. The BMW 320i and the Mercedes-Benz C200 K can slot in between the Lexus and the Infiniti. The Golf and the C30, along with any Saab or Cadillac, will bring you pocket-change when it comes time to sell. – MHC
Mohamed Abu Taleb says: Dear Sir. I really trust your website and believe in the information you are providing. I got new Mercury Mountneer and i install Navigator Kenwood brand now i would like to have tinted windows so can you advice what should i use V-Kool or 3M film. I really appreciate if you can give me good advice. Thanks for your time.
Go for whichever is cheaper between the two. I have seen that the differences between brands are not noticeable at all. – MHC
Resham Dhillon says: I am in the process of moving to Dubai and have a 2008 SLK 350 registered and bought in the UK. Is it possible to bring this car to Dubai, as it is a RHD car? I have driven in Europe and have had no problem. Looking forward to your response.
I am sorry to say, but RHD cars are banned in Dubai. You might see a handful of UAE nationals driving around in RHD cars here, but they have connections within the police department. I’d say sell it and buy something here, since cars are generally cheaper here than in UK. – MHC
Zeid Al Waheide says: First of all I would like to thank you for our amazing work and your great website, you are really doing a great job here. Second of all I would like to know when are we going to expect the new Audi TT-S here in the emirates, i would really appreciate it if you can get back to me regarding this matter.
Audi’s range has always been limited here. However, I’m sorry to say that you will have to contact the dealer for that information. We don’t have a good relationship with Audi ever since we lightly criticised their cars and they arrogantly tried to make us change our views. – MHC
Atif Ur-Rahim says: Hi, I don’t know I will get the reply or not but I you reply that will be very great. I am planning to buy a new car and I am looking for new Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima. I have read the car review from your site and also the road test for both cars. I am just curious about how is the resale and maintenance of Altima compare to Camry. Toyota has a great resale value but I don’t know about Altima. Look wise Altima is good I am not able to make my decision can you please help me in this regard. Lastly you have done an awesome job on this website providing all this information which is very good effort. I like most of your road tests, they are great. Thanks & Regards.
The resale for an Altima is a bit lower than the Camry. A look at the newspaper classifieds will help you see by how much. Otherwise, the Altima offers more for the price. Can’t say about dealer maintenance costs, but last I checked, Nissan costs weren’t high. – MHC
Abbas C says: Hi, I have been looking at various cars to buy and am seriously considering the Passat 2.0 Turbo. I test drove it and find it very good. Also I find it much better value for money than the 3 series or the C Class. Could you give me some advise whether it is a good car to consider buying?
The comfort-oriented Passat is technically a competitor for the Accord/Aurion/Altima, instead of the luxury-sport compacts that you may be comparing it to. As you may already know, Volkswagen has a poor reliability record, and generally poor resale value for any model except for the Golf. About the only reason to buy it is to drive something a bit different from the usual cars, in which case you have to decide whether the other points bother you. – MHC
HVB says: I wud like ur advice on which car to buy. my budget is around 180,000 . i m confused between infiniti and lexus models specifically infiniti g35 and lexus es350 and also infiniti fx35 and lexus rx 350 . though i like infiniti interiors and exteriors design of infiniti more than lexus i wud like to buy my car on the following criteria performance, durability, resale value and after-sales serivce. thanks for ur help.
In the simplest terms, the Infinitis are sportier and more powerful performers, while the Lexuses are more comfortable. The two are about even in durability, but the Lexus has better resale value, since Infiniti is a new brand. Can’t say about after-sales service, since no comprehensive studies have ever been done locally. – MHC
B. Bader says: Firstly I want to thank you in advance for your time and care. Also I’ll be very thankful if you’re site decides to make an road test article for the new Subaru Impreza, it’s my favorite car among the compact ounces and I’ll be very happy if you’re web site tell more about the advantages and disadvantages of this car for instance the reliability and the resale value. And last but not is it a good purchase after all it cost as much as a large sedan. I saw that 2.0 automatic model costs 19000$/70000DHs (probably with manual transmission will be with 1000$ cheaper, which I prefer). This is more expensive than a Mitsubishi Galant and a Hyundai Sonata, it cost as much as a Mazda 6 and the price is close to the bestsellers Nissan Altima and Honda Accord.
The Impreza is a very reliable vehicle. The problem is that, due to poor dealer support and marketing, the car has poor resale value. It is expensive because it has all-wheel-drive in a compact car, which is great for handling, but it also weighs down the car, making it slower than comparable compacts. I believe the spare parts may also be expensive. In the end, you will have to decide if the exclusive nature of this car appeals to you. – MHC
Ziad says: Hi, what is the reason to not test drive hyundai santa fe despite it has many good characteristics.
Hyundai dealers here are not very communicative with us about giving out cars, so we don’t bother too much with them, especially when we have so many other popular cars lined up for testing. – MHC
Juan says: Hi, I read your web very often. I would like to know if there is any chance to buy brand new hybrid cars in Dubai like the Toyota Prius. Congratulations for your web. Best Regards.
Nope, hybrid cars are not available here whatsoever. – MHC
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