Readers have their say about everything on wheels
NICE story on the new Cruze hatch (right) and I agree it has good looks, though I have to say at first glance I thought it was an updated Subaru Impreza hatch.
Side-on and with those window lines, there’s not a lot of difference. At least the Cruze won’t have those ugly bling rear tail-lights.
Julian Tebay, email Perhaps it’s a pointer to what Subaru should be doing.
I READ with interest the article by Fraser Stronach in regards to the Best of the Best Awards. Pleasing to see that my favourite, the Land Rover Disco 4, takes it again, even though my wife calls it the ugly one.
But it was more interesting to note that Mitsubishi Pajero took the crown from Toyota Prado.
Does Toyota take heed of such awards, or have they still got their heads in the sand and do what they want to do?
When the 150 Prado first came out, some write-ups indicated the diesel was lacking power, particularly when towing. Are there any plans to upgrade to a V6 or even the 4.5 V8 diesel, as in the 70 Series Cruiser, in the near future?
I thought I read somewhere that it is available overseas.
My six-year-old 120 Petrol Prado is getting a little tired and worn from all the bush work, and I’m looking around for a replacement but don’t want to go backwards. Edward Aleksandrowicz,
Hoppers Crossing Toyota has been the four-wheeldrive leader in Australia for so long it runs its own race. We know of no plans for an engine upgrade.
YOUR answer to Ruth Stanley about taking her Honda Jazz to Uluru might have been a bit misleading.
Ruth mentioned ‘‘Kings Canyon and Alice Springs’’ and staying on the blacktop, which would be essential for the Jazz.
It’s a very long trip from Kings Canyon back to Alice Springs then doubling back to Melbourne down the Stuart Highway. One could go on from Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop Road to Hermannsburg then the Alice, about half the distance, but definitely not a route for a Honda Jazz.
Another way would be to go back south and take Ernest Giles Rd across to the Stuart Highway, however this is a very rough road and not Jazz country, though it does save about 180km.
I suggest Ruth needs to really plan her route to take into account having to stick to the black top all the way and try to avoid increasing kilometres travelled by doubling back. It’s a fantastic trip.
James Wilson, Melbourne She will need to plan, like every outback adventurer, but her trip is possible and the Jazz will be fine if she stays on bitumen roads.