LASTWORD

with Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say -

AN ISO­LATED IN­CI­DENT

RE­CENTLY I trav­elled to north­ern Aus­tralia tow­ing a van with my Huyn­dai Ter­ra­can diesel (right), with which I am very happy.

In a large town or city in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory I ar­ranged for an oil change and fil­ter at the lo­cal deal­er­ship. The bill I re­ceived came to $405.

When ques­tioned, the dealer said that no other work was per­formed and that the price was nor­mal.

Upon my re­turn to Mel­bourne I ob­tained a quote from my lo­cal dealer on an in­ter­me­di­ate ser­vice which in­cludes a new oil and fil­ter as well as a full ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion, which was $252.

I guess this was a costly warn­ing to ask for a quote at all times, par­tic­u­larly in iso­lated places.

Gary Mahoney, email

AL­LOY UPDATE FOR SR5

I’VE heard a whis­per that an up­grade of the SR5 Hilux will be avail­able in Novem­ber, with 17-inch wheels as stan­dard. Not sure what else will change. Can you con­firm if this is true be­cause I’m look­ing to up­grade my 2005 SR5 model.

Mur­ray Trap­nell, email There is a mi­nor change com­ing next month and, yes, an al­loy wheel change is part of the mi­nor update — but only for the SR5 diesel.

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

WHAT is this ob­ses­sion with driv­ers that you must drive at the posted speed limit at all costs, re­gard­less of the road/ weather con­di­tions?

The speed limit is just that— it’s the max­i­mum per­mis­si­ble speed at which you can travel at for that sec­tion of the road.

It is not an of­fence to drive at a speed less than that posted, re­mem­ber­ing the Wipe Off Five cam­paign.

I do agree, how­ever, that driv­ers should drive in the left-most lane where pos­si­ble, but some­times you can get caught in the right-hand lane.

I can quote two sit­u­a­tions where I was guilty of driv­ing in the right-hand lane at a speed less than that of the posted limit and had head­lights flashed, horns blar­ing and tail­gat­ing.

The im­pa­tient driver be­hind me was only held up for about 20-30 sec­onds.

All I can says is peo­ple, get over it — and get a life.

Bill Hill, email

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