Letters: Dishing out the advice
I occasionally find “complimentary” local car magazines lying around in coffee shops, since most of these rags are given away free rather than sold or recycled. I was reading one of the “leading” ones (aren’t they all “leading?”), and saw an awful review that copy-pasted stuff from press releases. Do you really need to know whether the “knuckles” in the suspension system are made of steel or aluminium? Do you even care enough to know that a car has knuckles? I sure don’t. I turn the page and there is a review for another car, with no engine or gearbox details mentioned whatsoever. There isn’t even a specifications list, even while half the review is wasted describing how the car looks. We can see it in the photos, dumbass. And you guys get paid for such mediocre work? Didn’t you learn anything in your British journalism college? On another note, the latest update to our no-nonsense Ultimate Car Buyer Guide now has used car specs for the 2001-2005 Toyota RAV-4, the 2001-2005 Land Rover Freelander and the 1999-2005 BMW 3-Series. The pages for some new cars have been updated, including the Dodge Charger, the Hyundai i30 and the Skoda Fabia. On to the letters.
Shahab says: Hi, i love ur site i always check it but i have heard about lexus IS F from some friends i wanna know if its out and wats the price…thank you.
It is not sold here, even though some magazines here have copy-pasted stories about it without clearly mentioning this fact. – MHC
Ahmed says: The change you have made to the web site is prity good, but I miss one feature from the previous look, which is the ability to see all the cars model for one maker (i.e. if I look for Ford, I will see all Ford’s car) as the new version I have first to choose the care maker then the model then the year manufactuer. some times I don’t know the car name as it may be a new model , then I have to look for all the types to find it out, it is time consuming.i suggest to put small thumbnail of each type beside its name. also you can make a filter for cars type i.e. SUV saloon etc…thanks
I’ll keep those ideas in mind, although technical limitations (mainly our non-existent budget) don’t allow it for now. – MHC
Nauman Zaidi says: Hello Boss, I am plannning to buy a car upto 125k. Cars i have in mind are IS 300, G35, S-Type Jag, Lumina SS, Aurion & Dodge Charger. Not interested in best resell value, only want reliability and performance. which car would you go for, and abviously why? Thanx.
I am assuming you are buying second-hand? Because a few of your choices are beyond your range if new. The top performers are the G35, Lumina SS and Charger R/T. The Japanese cars are the most reliable. The American/Aussie ones are fairly reliable, but will have small issues. If you want a Jaguar, get the later ones, as you can read about their problems in the car guide. – MHC
Vasanth Benjamin says: Hey guys,This site is a masterpiece of its own and I think a simple thanks wont do the needful.I wanted to buy a car and for the last 3 months I have been researching many websites for information and opinions, I never got any useful stuff out of them, then one day i came across your site, and I felt this is the one am looking for. Every single detail small and big in one single website, and it sure made a difference, Now am happy to announce that I am buying my new Dodge Charger this month and thanks to Drive Arabia for their unconditional support.I hope one day my car and myself will be on the site in the side of the Loyal users forum.Thanks again guys, keep up the good work.
Good to know, dude. Enjoy your car. And spread the word. We are sort of non-profit right now (we don’t advertise ourselves) so word-of-mouth is the only way to help more people here. – MHC
Geeta says: Hi, can you guys please let me know which one is more better Nissan – Murano or Honda CRV for dubai roads. Kinfly contact me on 050XXXXXXX.
I’m sorry, I don’t call women unless they are asking me out on a date. – MHC
Joseph Lee says: I was wondering if AED 70,000 is too much for a 2001 model Toyota Land Cruiser, its top model bt no leather seats, does it have most of the facilities that you have mentioned in the article in the Used 4WDs section….. and 1 more thing ..whats the difference between and All wheel drive car and a 4 wheel drive???
There are too many variations of the Land Cruiser so you will have to see what cabin features are there and what is not in that year. Otherwise mechanically, they are all very similar from 1997 to 2007. I hear that used Cruiser prices have gone up recently since the new model is so expensive now. Otherwise I would’ve said it is too much. A basic 4WD has a selector or lever to choose 2WD, 4WD and 4LO modes. An AWD system can choose between 2WD and 4WD modes automatically depending on road conditions. Only a few AWD vehicles come with 4LO as an extra feature. – MHC
Munsif says: Hello MHC. Fine Site you have, its amazing. i need a rather different kind of advice, and if you are not able to or chose not to help then it will be understood.Being an Expat from pakistan and working in middle management i am financially ok, but the way we (asian expats) gets treated sometimes here is just cruel, but nothing much can be done about that, we are here to earn so have to take that.But, atleast i want to buy a car that these egyptions and palestenians (i am not a racist- just a bit frustrated)should look at once before coming in front without giving any indicator, i might not be clear but i want a car that has some status or rapport, sounding like a kid? yea may be, but thats just a way to went out. i have a budget of approx 120-130 car will most probably be used. can you think of something ? or have i not made any sense at all?
I get the idea, since I have seen my fair share of bigotry here. Some vehicles here have more respect than others, even if it didn’t cost too much in the used market. For example, my Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 is a typical “European-driven” 4WD, but it has lower resale value than the Japanese cars so I picked it up cheap second-hand. But I still get more respect than any new Prado or Pathfinder on the road. Basically, you will have to buy something which is more rare on the road but at least from a premium brand, like a Land Rover or a BMW. That means you have to give up resale value a bit and pay more for maintenance. And size is also important, so a Freelander/LR2 or a common four-door 3-Series is not enough. Go for at least a midsize for maximum effect at an affordable budget, or even a coupe or sports car. Not everyone reads this website and they don’t have a clue about how much you really paid.
Fuad says: I was just asking about the 2008 infiniti g35. how is the resale value and would u advise it over the lexus IS300.
The G35 is the better overall package, but the IS300 will have better resale value. – MHC
Yassir Omer says: Dear Sir, Appreciate having your view regarding the subject car performance off road. Also, can we consider engine size (1.5 lit) enough to perform as a 4WD? Appreciate your response.
The Terios isn’t truly a hardcore 4WD and will have to be pushed very hard to do the more complicated stuff. As a casual off-roader, I think it will do well enough, such as climb over low sand dunes. – MHC
Mohamad Nadeer says: I found your site accidently, because i just thinking of having a new car. preferably yaris.so when i got ur site i could know about almost all cars that i interested. i am very thankful to you for your hardwork. Once again thanking you.
No problem, friend. Be sure to spread the word about the site. – MHC
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