Why attend motor vehicle launches if you don’t even get to drive the car?

Everybody by now must have heard about the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. If you haven’t, you need to leave your cave immediately and step into the sunlight just a little bit. It is the latest release from the makers of the best four by fours by far. The local launch was done last Thursday […]

To spare yourself trouble and tears in future, be careful with Peugeots

Hi Baraza, I am an avid reader of your column, thanks to which I have learnt a lot about cars. In 2013 I bought an ex-Japan Peugeot  206 SW. My husband didn’t understand why and how I settled for the car, but I was in love, period. However, after a year, it started overheating, forcing […]

Is replacing the Toyota Caldina’s engine impossible? I beg to differ…

After fixing the overheating, problem in my Toyota Caldina’s D4 engine, fuel consumption went from an average of 10-11km/l to an average of 7-8km/l. I would now like to replace the engine with a new 1.8 engine from a Toyota Caldina or Premio. My mechanic says that this change is not possible because the gearbox […]

Explain how a car engine works to a 6-year-old? They’ll learn nothing

Hi Baraza, Over the past one year I have been reading your articles and have to say nowadays I find myself making smart car comments thanks to you, even though I am yet to own one. I was asked by my nephew whether cars have stomachs and the questioning deteriorated towards embarrassing as I tried […]

I prefer a first-generation Vitara to the tiny, bouncy Camis and Jimnys

Dear Baraza, I have been wondering why you answer questions only from people who drive big and expensive cars? This is the third mail I am sending, although I can already tell you won’t respond – if at all you care to read it. Now to my question: Which small SUV would you go for […]

Modern cars far outshine the classic Peugeot 404 or 504 you’re keen on

Hi Baraza, I am torn between getting a classic Peugeot 404 and 504 station wagon for daily use. I have driven modern cars, from SUVs to hatchbacks, but feel that the cars lack character. When I was growing up, my father had a car that was treated like a family member; that does not happen […]

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 […]

Your engine’s faulty; Demios don’t normally make tractor-like sounds

Hello Baraza, I really love your column and look forward to the Wednesday issue of the Daily Nation. I hope you will respond to my mail this time round. Now on to my question: I have a 2005 Mazda Demio and of late, I have been seriously disturbed by a noise coming from under the […]

If you’re looking for a car simply to ferry your bikes, Avensis is fine

Hi Baraza, Great work in your column. I am an avid cyclist and have been looking for a car that will help me get my bike(s) from point A to point B without having to completely dismantle them. This would probably mean a roof-mounted bike carrier or an estate car with lots of boot space, […]