I WOULD like your thoughts on the Holden Cruze YG manual.
Shaun Redman, email The Cruze is not the best in class— that would be the VW Golf— but it’s a solid and sensible contender. We rate it similarly to the Mitsubishi Lancer, though it does not have the rival’s fiveyear warranty.
DON’T FIT LPG
I AM looking at buying a turbodiesel Outback (right) or the previous model and fitting LPG.
Mick Noonan, email The Outback diesel is very good, though it needs kilometres to give its best. And it’s only a manual. Subaru is totally against LPG conversions on its engines.
SPEEDO TOO SLOW
I BOUGHT a Subaru Outback in February and love it, but the speedo is reading higher than the car’s actual speed. When it shows 100km/h I am actually doing 92km/h and at 60km/h I am doing 54km/h. After calling Subaru I was told this is correct and cannot be adjusted and all Subarus are made with this discrepancy deliberately set. At no stage during the test drive or purchase did anyone mention this was the case and I was disappointed to be told this after I have been driving around holding up traffic for three months.
Alan Foon, email Speedometer error is normal in every car. The world standard is 10 per cent error, plus or minus, but car companies do not deliberately set their speedos wrongly. Instrument specialists can correct it, but you already know the error in your dial.
SKODA IS A GEM
I JUST saw a Skoda wagon and it is a very striking car. How does it compare against the Volkswagen Golf?
Wayne McStay, email Skoda is the Czech brand in the Volkswagen family and the car you probably saw is an Octavia, one of the undiscovered gems in today’s showrooms. It’s bigger than the Golf and, depending on the model, more like a Passat but with better value.