with Paul Gover
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