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
SUZUKI FUEL SWITCH
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
TOYOTA TOP PERFORMER
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
SAFETY BEFORE RULES
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.