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I READ with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle on Mit­subishi cars­Guide Septem­ber 5). I own a 380 LS 2005 and I’m more than happy with its per­for­mance. So far I’ve had no prob­lems at all.

On a run from Mil­dura to Bro­ken Hill I got 8.7 litres/100km.

It looks good, drives well and has heaps of cabin and boot room. The real shame is it’s his­tory now. Bob Pringle

email I was al­ways a fan of the 380, but it was just not spe­cial enough to save Mit­subishi from its other prob­lems.



LIKE a grow­ing num­ber of Aus­tralians I own a diesel-fu­elled car.

I be­lieve, maybe wrongly, that a fall of $1 a bar­rel in crude prices roughly equates to a cent a litre, though the dol­lar’s value is taken into ac­count.

The price has fallen from a high of $144 a bar­rel to about $103, so the price should have come down about 40 cents a litre. It has come down half that.

The diesel price does not have a weekly cy­cle but, last week, the big com­pa­nies raised the pump price by 5 cents a litre, and the re­ac­tion from motoring or­gan­i­sa­tions and the pub­lic was zero.

How can they be made ac­count­able? At the mo­ment they are ac­count­able to no one. It would be good if some­one from a ma­jor oil com­pany could ex­plain, in your pa­per, this last diesel price rise at a time of fall­ing prices. Per­haps Allen Fels could be brought back— at least he had a voice. Kevin Dri­nan



Sadly, I have no an­swer. All I get when we ask is fairy floss about the type of crude needed for diesel in Aus­tralia. Ed I DRIVE a 1997 Suzuki Vi­tara 2-litre V6, which I bought about three years ago and en­joy own­ing, but have al­ways felt it ran flat.

I no­ticed in the hand­book a 10 per cent ethanol fuel mix was OK to use, so about four weeks ago I started us­ing United’s 95 blend mix.

Well, I can’t be­lieve the dif­fer­ence. It has more life, fuel is ac­tu­ally cheaper for a higher oc­tane rat­ing, I get bet­ter econ­omy and, as an added bonus, it’s ac­tu­ally bet­ter for our en­vi­ron­ment. Alan Hunter



FOR the in­for­ma­tion of a cou­ple of petrol heads who drive low­ered and noisy Hold­ens and Fal­cons and prob­a­bly have never driven a de­cent car, I would like to say this.

I am­driv­ing my 15th sec­ond­hand Toy­ota, a 2000 model Avalon VXI with 186,000km on the clock. It is the nicest, smoothest ve­hi­cle I have ever driven.

My other Toy­otas have been Corol­las, Coronas, Crowns and Cam­rys. None of them ever broke down or gave any of the prob­lems that Hold­ens and Fal­cons have and are still giv­ing and will con­tinue to give while their build qual­ity and reli­a­bil­ity is so poor.

I have also owned Hold­ens, Fal­cons, Mercedes, Chevro­lets, Chryslers and Hill­mans. None of th­ese cars had the reli­a­bil­ity or econ­omy of the Toy­otas. Gor­don McLean



I COM­PLETELY agree with Adrian Lamb’s views ( cars­Guide, Septem­ber 5) on the cur­rent ridicu­lous en­force­ment of road rules.

Vic­to­rian driv­ers are con­cen­trat­ing more on the num­bers on the speedome­ter than ac­tu­ally watch­ing what is hap­pen­ing on the road. If for a few sec­onds a driver for­gets to check their speedo, the car could speed up by two or three kilo­me­tres, which is made to seem like the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death, and re­turn home to find a speed­ing fine in the let­ter­box.

Be­cause of this strict­ness, driv­ers are fear­ful of break­ing the $200 bar­rier that is the speed limit, and thus are not con­cen­trat­ing on the im­por­tant part of driv­ing: driv­ing.

If it was for safer roads, then there would be no need to hide the speed­cam­era cars. In other coun­tries, they are clearly marked.

Also, as Mr Lamb said, a bet­ter way to make the roads safer would be to man­date driver train­ing cour­ses. I re­cently did an ex­cel­lent course run by Mo­tor­vate, and I feel much safer hav­ing that un­der my belt than driv­ing 2km/h slower. Tom Smith


Qual­ity model: the Mit­subishi 380 LS.

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