The Surf, good. The Montero, so-so. The Fortuner, ish-ish!

Dear Baraza, Thanks for the incisive analyses. I want to upgrade to a 4X4 but I am wondering which, between the Toyota Fortuner, the Toyota Surf and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, I should go for. I have not driven any of them but they look quite capable. Kindly give me your views in terms of […]

Take care of your Passat and it won’t disappoint

Hi Baraza, Thanks for the opportunity once more. Some time back I asked you about the 1999 VW Polo, 1600cc, and what you said is what I got. I loved the performance of the car, even though it was old. Now I have a year 2000 VW Passat, 1800cc. Kindly educate me on the following […]

Take note, Shell V-Power won’t turn your Vitz into a Ferrari

Hello Baraza, Kindly enlighten me on the difference between the ordinary super petrol and the V-Power fuel sold by Shell. I drive a supercharged Vitz — RS 1600cc — and have tried using both fuel types and experienced no difference at all in terms of speed, performance and kilometres per litre. Let me hear from […]

Yes, a Forester XT can beat a Lamborghini in a race, but…

Hi Baraza, One of my friends who owns a Forester XT claims that, if fully stocked, the car stands a chance against a Lamborghini Gallardo LP-400 in a race. What’s your take on this? Yes, there are races in which the Forester can beat a Lambo. Off-road races. Or a race to see who can […]

If you worry about costs, do not buy an ‘extrovert’ car

Hi Baraza, I want to upgrade my current vehicle to either a Toyota Mark X, 2499cc or Volkswagen Passat CC, 1799cc. Both being second-hand, auto and petrol engine. Kindly advise me on the pros and cons of running these two vehicles in the Kenyan environment. Bethi ———————— The pros and cons of running these two […]

An SUV for less than a million? You are fishing for trouble

Dear Sir, I have a 1996 Toyota Corolla 110 that I love so much since it’s my first car, but everyone else thinks that’s wasted love — especially my mum and my girlfriend — so I want to sell it and buy a used SUV. Considering the local roads, what should I go for on […]