We live in New Hampshire for the summer and would like to buy either a used GEM electric car or electric golf cart for the gated neighborhood we live in. I have heard pros and cons on the electric GEM cars. We also need to have a small bed in the car for yard work.
QUESTION: We live in New Hampshire for the summer and would like to buy either a used GEM electric car or electric golf cart for the gated neighborhood we live in. I have heard pros and cons on the electric GEM cars. We also need to have a small bed in the car for yard work.
ANSWER: Do not buy a GEM car. There is no service or customer support at all. Polaris Industries took over the GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) company and try calling them to get any support before thinking about buying one. The way to go is with an electric golf cart. Club Car models 2007 and newer have a great track record, and there is plenty of support and many parts and accessories available. You may pay a little more up front for the purchase, but the price is well worth it.
QUESTION: I am interested in buying a new Jeep Liberty or Wrangler and would like your opinion on both vehicles.
ANSWER: I have driven both for a week, and the new 3.6 V-6 engine is far superior to the outgoing 3.8 V-6. The suspension has also been upgraded. The new Wrangler now rides like a car versus the old bang and bounce over bumps. The hard top is also quiet and no wind noise at highway speeds. The list of options make the Wrangler a great all around vehicle. The manual transmission is easy to shift and requires little clutch pedal pressure. I personally prefer the two-door versus the four-door version.
The Liberty seats four with comfort and also has the same 3.6 V-6. Again the Liberty has more a car ride than an SUV. The paint finish and body lines are not like the old days, nor is the interior. There is no question that quality has improved on these vehicles. The problem for you is which vehicle fits your needs.
QUESTION: I own a 2005 Mercedes Benz and the tire pressure monitoring system has failed because of the sensors in the tires. The dealer said the batteries are not replaceable and all sensors need replacement at an expensive cost. I checked around and, sure enough, the sensors have to be replaced. Are there any other options besides spending almost $800 for the sensor replacement?
ANSWER: This is an ongoing complaint on a lot of high-end import vehicles. On some models using a factory scan tool only the dealer technician can reprogram the computer to eliminate the tire pressure monitor system. The service cost is one hour at the dealer rate and in my opinion well worth the cost. The downside is you will not know when the tires are low on pressure.
Junior Damato writes regularly about cars. You can send questions to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360.