Readers have their say about everything on wheels
I CANNOT believe you put Ford’s new 335kW engine so far back in the carsGuide. And we have the same boring VE Commodore stuff with a price freeze and small changes. I’m a Ford fan and I want one. Thanks for the news anyway, it’s exciting and I’m thinking how I can sweet-talk the missus.
John Hayes, email The Commodore is Australia’s bestselling car and deserves maximum coverage, whereas Ford Performance Vehicles is only tickling details on its new engine. We’ll have blanket coverage of the Falcon GT as soon as we can drive it.
IS IT just me or have Victorian drivers lost the plot? Everywhere I look, I see drivers in the wrong lanes doing under the speed limits on our highways. Our roads are riddled with drivers lacking driving skills, drivers who stay in the fast lanes and are unwilling to budge for the traffic they have built behind them, causing others to overtake them to avoid accidents or road rage. The unwillingness of our traffic-management authority to take action helps this menace grow and adds to our frustrations. Victoria’s problem is that we have incompetent drivers and it all starts with this issue.
Paul M, email Perhaps we need to start a Motorists Party as part of the carsGuide. It looks like the only way to get genuine road safety on the political and public-service agenda.
GREAT to read about the restoration of the FJ station sedan. What was very pleasing was the use of the appropriate aged number plate. Many fantastic restorations are spoilt by having a modern number plate. Also, why did the Mitsubishi brand fare so badly in the owner-loyalty article?
Frank Young, email The poor result for Mitsubishi is probably down to the wash-up from the end of local manufacturing with the axing of the 380. It took Nissan a long time to rebuild after it also ended local carmaking with the Pulsar.
COULD you please give your views on the Hyundai ix35 (above left)? I’m thinking of leasing a vehicle which can tow a Dove camper trailer — tare weight 915kg. We have a family of three so don’t need a big vehicle. We mainly drive around the city and usually travel about 19,000km a year max. I drive a Commodore VT wagon converted to gas and am contemplating leasing a vehicle which is a year old rather than new to keep the price down a bit.
D. Hickey, email The ix35 will be fine for your needs and has plenty of space and standard equipment at a good price. But to tow that weight you don’t need to go so big, so also look at a Subaru Forester.