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Our staff member answers questions from readers.

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Eric Le Francois

Eric Le Francois
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patience

We have a 2012 Subaru Outback (130,000 km). We are among the first on the waiting list for a Solterra. Retired, with one vehicle, we travel primarily around town and plan to resume a routine of occasional driving, for example in Maine. Recent news doesn’t look encouraging. We don’t like to do without air conditioning or heating. Is the braking performance and safety/crash test performance of this vehicle known? We are looking for a very safe, comfortable, reliable and durable vehicle. Should we change or wait for future releases? If we get back on a waiting list for another vehicle, it could be long.

anita

It can actually take a long time. Small precision, the problem that the Solterra encounters is not the heating or air conditioning (however, to preserve autonomy it is necessary to know how to modulate the temperature of the cabin), but the fixing of the wheels. For this reason, the marketing of the Solterra was postponed and that of the Toyota (bZ4X) was suspended. These two vehicles were not recalled by Transport Canada. To answer another of your questions, at the time of writing this article, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test results have not yet been released. No road test was conducted either. Let’s summarize. Your current vehicle only has 130,000 km and still has many good years to come. So be patient.

prevention


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The Hyundai Tucson

My 2018 Hyundai Tucson has 90,000 km on the odometer. So I still have 10,000 km of warranty left. Question: Would it be advantageous to have a general inspection or just some parts of the vehicle before the warranty expires? If so, which organs? No major problems in four years.

Jean Clement T

Why limit yourself to a few mechanical components? To avoid nasty surprises, a regular inspection is essential, preferably at your specialist dealer.

end of life


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The Kia Sorento

We have a 2015 Kia Sorento with 210,000 km (engine replaced under warranty at 140,000 km) and a 2015 Nissan Rogue with 190,000 km and new transmission. We wonder whether we should bring these two vehicles to their end of life or swap one for an electric car, knowing that the weekly mileage is 1000 km for the Sorento and 500 km for the Rogue.

Chantal B

Given the waiting time before you can get your hands on a vehicle (electric or petrol), the best solution is to accompany your two end-of-life vehicles as long as no major breakdown occurs. In this context, it is important to ensure the preventive maintenance of your vehicles. In the meantime, we encourage you to focus your choices on your next electric vehicle.

The right grip


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The Genesis GV60

It’s hard to find! We love the Volvo C40, the comfort and its simplicity compared to the Genesis GV60. But some advances in Genesis are appealing. Is the C40 a smart choice? If not, what other model should be considered? We don’t want a Tesla.

Jean Nicolas C.

The torture of the hesitant. The C40 struck us as more of an exercise in style compared to the models (Volvo XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2) from which it descends. The GV60 is more functional, modern and also more avant-garde. Regardless, the GV60-derived models (Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6) offer similar performance at a better price.

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