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My Wheels: David Airey
David Airey and his Audi Q5 3.2 FSI Quattro. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian

REIWA president David Airey says his Audi is the best car he's ever driven and he would never buy another Rover.


I have an Audi Q5 3.2 FSI Quattro. I bought it because I loved the design and style, and it was the right size for me. It has great economy, especially on a long run, and exceptional performance. I bought it not long after release and it is the best car I have driven.


That is a hard one, but if money was no object, I would go for a Bentley Mulsanne. I have always wanted to own a Bentley, but it's not looking good.


It was Datsun 1000, rego number UBP976. It was a demo model and I had saved and saved to get a deposit together. The old man (Dad) went guarantor on the loan for me and, yes, I did work a second job to pay for it. A car was a must-have, especially one with "heater-demister, wind-up windows and push-button radio too", as the ad jingle went. It was a great little car - sporty, fun and reliable.


I would be a 4. I've owned a lot of cars over the years. I was a victim in my 20s, especially for Fords, although the most exciting car I had was a Monaro. I liked speed and style, loved to drive anywhere for long periods. Bathurst watching was essential.

When I got married and had a family, I found myself into Falcon wagons and later Fairlanes, which I loved. The '77 Marquis V8 was like driving a lounge room, but fuel was cheap then.

The most memorable was the '89 Nissan Patrol with a huge 4.2 diesel motor, probably the slowest car I'd owned. We crossed the Nullarbor several times and towed a horse float for years.

It easily wins the prize for longevity - it clocked up more than 600,000km with no engine work needed at all. The kids all used it for years till it was sold in 2008. More recently, I've had a Rover (never again), Volvo, BMW 3 and 5 Series followed by an X5. Then I went to an Audi A6 and today the Q5.

The West Australian

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