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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6548C Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au She says Lindy George If I were a grey nomad (which I’m not) and didn’t mind spending $82,000 of the kids inheritance (I wouldn’t mind) and was planning to travel Australia (nice thought), I’d want to do it in style and comfort. So I’d get myself a Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550, hook the caravan on and drive off into the wild blue yonder. Or I could make use of seven seats and a DVD entertainment system, and cart multitudes of children around the ‘ burbs, keeping them happy the whole time! Whatever the reason you choose for owning a vehicle in this category, the Nissan Pathfinder Ti 550 is worth considering. For a large vehicle, it’s surprisingly easy to manoeuvre – even easier with a reversing camera. And if you choose to travel extensively, you’ ll have br illiant sat-nav. Heated leather seats with power adjustment and driver’s lumbar suppor t will have you travelling in comfort no matter how far you go. If you plan to share the drive, you have the convenience of driver’s seat memory with two settings, including your side mir rors. Your travels w ill be much more enjoyable with side steps, glass hatch in the tailgate, power-folding door mirrors, keyless entr y, automatic levelling Xenon headlights (w ith washers), rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, electric sun roof, hill start assist, drive computer and Bluetooth. Inside, you’re surrounded by a Bose audio system w ith nine speakers, CD, MP3 and iPod connectivity. Dual-zone climate control will keep you comfor table in ever y climate – and all this is standard on the Ti 550. If you are carting the kids (or even the grandkids), those relegated to seats six and seven will not have their safety compromised – they have three-point emergency locking retractor (ELR) seatbelts, adjustable headrests and curtain airbags that extend to the third row. And when you’re kid-free, the third row of seats folds flat and the second row folds 40/20/40, opening up cavernous space. Along with your six airbags, you’ll have Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Active Brake Limited Slip (ABL S) – maybe ‘He’ can explain that one! All this is powered by a 3.0 litre, six- cylinder turbo diesel engine with seven- speed auto transmission averaging 9.3l/100km (combined). And with an 80 litre fuel tank, visits to the servo were few – but took a while! ANCAP Rating To be tested Green Rating ★★1⁄2 Life on the move October / November 2011 47
MNJ Aug Sep 2011