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icyred806

Hi, with our trusty Avensis having bitten the dust, it's come time to upgrade. We're ok with going smaller, but not smallest. Looking to pay around $15k, wanting no older than 2015. Looking at Corolla, Baleno, similar size. Anything in this arena worth a look/not to be touched?

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Anon

Hi there,
Most 3-4 year old normal vehicles you really can't go too wrong, I recommend looking at ANCAP safety specs and buy a 5-star if you can. There is the Corolla, Kia Cerato, Hyundai i30, Honda Jazz, Mazda 3, and then European if you are interested VW Golf, Audi A3, BMW 1-Series. Or Small SUV, Hyundai ix35, BMW X1, Honda CRV/HRV, Mazda CX5

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icyred806

Thanks for that, gives a few more ideas . A few specific vehicles to ask about: Ford Ecoboost, SSangyong Tivoli and Korando-yes/no? Any major flags for/against?

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Anon

I would steer clear of Ford's Power shift transmission fitted to a lot of their vehicles, Fiesta and Focus and possibly the Ecosport. (Ecoboost is a Ford engine).
I've not heard much lately on the Tivoli or Korando.

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icyred806

Thanks, good to know that about the Fords. The list slowly narrows, as more potentials get eliminated!

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icyred806

Ok, next couple of questions:Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio-anything for or against on either of them? And on the Aussie import front:is it true that hail damage is cause for write-off due to cost of repair over there? So if one's been brought up to snuff and is being resold, on basis of hail damage only, should be a reasonably safe bet (subject to AA inspection, of course)?

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