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FORD RULES

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.

LANE RAGE

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.

WELL PLATED

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.

TOW HOW

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.

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