A Prado you can easily tip over but a BMW? I don’t see how

Hello Sir, I need some clarification on two issues. A friend of mine says that Toyota Prado is one of the easiest cars to flip over. I have seen a couple of overturned Toyota Landcruisers, although they were older models. How stable is the Toyota Prado V6 4000cc? I have driven a not-so-recent model BMW […]

Apart from the names, the Harrier and the Lexus have different specs

Congrats for the good work. I am working on my car magazine and for sure I’ve got a lot to write about, given what I am learning from you. Now, apart from their names, what is the difference between the Toyota Harrier and Lexus? I only know that people love the Lexus because they say […]

Which is the fairest from the list of Rav4, XTrail, X3, Forester, CRV?

Hello Baraza, I have previously owned a Toyota AE100 and 110. I now believe it is time for upgrade. I am looking for a used car that won’t cost more than Sh2m. Though I mostly drive in urban areas, I won’t mind a four-wheel drive (4WD). I am looking for stability, safety, comfort and manageable fuel cost. […]

The non-turbo Impreza is easier to maintain and uses less fuel

 Hello Mr Baraza, I’m interested in buying a Subaru Impreza but there are some things I don’t understand, so I need some clarification: 1. What’s the difference between an Impreza plain, Impreza WRX and an Impreza WRX STi? 2. What are the pros and cons of a non-turbo Impreza and one with a turbo with […]

Why cars made in the ’80s and ’90s will outlive the ’00s by far

Hi Baraza, In the past two weeks, I have driven down to Nakuru three times, every time using a different car, namely a 2003 Toyota Kluger, a 2007 Toyota Premio, and a 1991 Mercedes Benz 190E. By quite a distance, the 190E was the most comfortable and most stable. Older Volvos and Mercedes’ seem way […]

Do Subarus really wear faster than Toyotas? I don’t think so

Hallo Baraza, I want to purchase my first car and I’m in love with the Subaru Impreza (LA-GG3, 1500cc). Some of my friends are advising me to instead opt for a Toyota 100, 110, G-Touring or Allion, based on the following arguments; 1. The Subaru Impreza 1500cc consumes more fuel than a Toyota of the […]

Why do Touareg common rail engines require more care?

Hi Baraza, Thanks for your informative page in DN2. Two quick questions: 1. What is the meaning of “common rail engine” in VW Touareg? 2. Why do vehicles with a common rail engine require more care than other engine types? Thanks in advance, Charles 1. The common rail feature in an engine is a type […]

Toyota RunX beats the Spacio and Peugeot 206 hands down

Hi Baraza, I am a regular reader of your column and I must say I appreciate your work, even though I don’t own a car yet. However, I am looking to buy my first car, and I have in my sights a Toyota RunX/Allex, Toyota Spacio and a Peugeot 206. Please advice me on the […]

The Avensis is just another bland Toyota

Hi Baraza, I have shipped in a Toyota Avensis from the UK and have been told of certain concerns regarding the car: 1. That parts are not locally available; I will have to get some spares, such as suspensions and ball joints, from Dubai. 2. That body parts can only be found upon placing a […]

When your car is turned into a yatch…

Baraza, Recently, a rain storm in South C tried to convert my Nissan B15 into a yacht; the water line was just below (about 1 cm) the side wind windows. It refused to float and ended up taking in water. Once safe, I got it towed to higher ground and left it overnight to get […]