with Paul Gover
LIVING IN THE PAST
HAVING followed your column for some time, it occurs to me that owners of new or late-model cars are dissatisfied with their vehicles and being treated unfairly by dealers.
At age 50, I’ve never owned or even driven a new or late-model car, and have no desire to. I think older vehicles that have been restored are a much better proposition.
I own a restored 1984 XE Falcon (right) and am very satisfied with it.
I think the answer to the current woes affecting new vehicles is to restore older ones. New cars are too expensive, full of problems and don’t last.
Tony Crossley, email You need to come out of the cave. Your car is a gross polluter and would perform badly in any sort of crash. That’s without worrying about all the other massive improvements in car design, performance, comfort and quality in the past 26 years.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
JUST wondering if one of your team could do a piece on our prices versus what the US pay for BMWs, Mercedes and so on. I just saw a 335i BMW on sale in the US for $49,000, yet we pay around $120,000. It can’t be all tax, can it?
Craig Rahilly, email American buyers have always paid less and, yes, it is mostly tax. They don’t have the stupid Luxury Car Tax — there is no tax on a helicopter, plane or boat — for a start. You also have to remember their price leaders often have far less standard equipment than the model sold in Australia.
ARE slow right-lane drivers Bill Hill and G. Bond not aware they are a frustration to other drivers, and it is against the law to travel in the right lane unless overtaking on roads over 80km/h?
Mark Skaife’s article on driver attitudes last year highlights the point that these ‘‘safer low-speed’’ drivers seem to have the right to ‘‘police’’ other drivers by their actions.
It also seems some drivers have no idea on how to change lanes, and would rather stay in the right lane when they need to turn right 5km up the road.
Every day I see slow drivers blocking the right lanes on our freeways and highways, which is adding to the congestion on our roads.
John Gordon, email