Readers have their say about everything on wheels
SCHEME IS A LEMON
AS THE proud owner of a VS Commodore (right), the cash-forclunkers scheme is a joke. Vehicles made in 1995 are elegible for a $2000 government rebate to trade in. Had my car been manufactured in 1995 it would have lost probably close to, if not half, its value.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to judge the carbon emissions of the vehicle instead of the year of manufacture? Considerations must be made to certain cars, such as those with LPG dual fuel, which I have.
This scheme may rip off hardworking Australians who cannot afford a new car or first-car buyers whose budgets only stretch to vehicles made in 1995 or earlier.
Ms Gillard, you certainly don’t get my vote, that’s for sure.
Liam Dwyer, email Exactly the point.
I AM amazed at the lack of vetting of parent instructors. I have instructed three generations of my family and no questions have been asked of my students (girlfriendnow-wife, children and grandchildren) who the instructor is or any vetting of my driving record.
Some analysis of the instructor’s demerit points should be made to determine their ability to teach the correct attitude to driving. Perhaps motoring bodies such as the RACV or NRMA could run information nights to assist parent instructors.
Brian Mackey, Scoresby
NEW FALCON IN 2011
I WONDERED if you knew when a makeover is due for the current Falcon?
Tony Reynolds, email Sorry, no firm details, except it will be next year, when Ford also installs a four-cylinder turbo engine.
I HAVE owned five Saabs and 11 Fords. The Saabs have all been marginally cheaper to service and maintain than the Fords and we have been able to keep the Saabs longer because of this. I chose Saabs because of their safety feat- ures, practicality, comfort and value-for-money cost against other European brands.
Ever since GM bought them out, Saab have been left to languish. That’s why they failed.
The Saab we currently own is a 2004 model and after six years it still has nothing wrong with it and looks like new.
The features you are beginning to see on many cars today have been available on Saabs.
Saab pioneered turbo-engine automotive technology because they convert engine-waste gases into power. Thus a smaller fourcylinder engine provides a similar power output to many large sixcylinder motors.
Ford and other car manufacturers have recently woken up to this fact, hence the reason they now offer turbo variant motors.
Tony O’Connor, email