Split­ting lanes

Read­ers have their say about ev­ery­thing on wheels

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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


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

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