Readers have their say about everything on wheels
SPARE A THOUGHT
SHOULD you have the misfortune to have a puncture in a front tyre halfway to Broken Hill from Mildura, a distance of about 300km, the following actions have to happen.
First, remove your wife and three kids. Next, remove most of your luggage. Locate and remove space-saver temporary tyre.
Then jack up the rear of the car and remove a back wheel and replace it with the temporary tyre. Then proceed to jack up and remove the flat front wheel and replace it with the full-sized rear wheel.
Next, replace your luggage and family and pray you make it to Broken Hill with the car leaning to one side at the back as the supplied temporary wheel is much smaller in diameter.
Don’t forget to drive very slowly to prolong the experience as the maximum speed on the space saver is 80 km/h.
I find it amazing that Kia only fits a temporary tyre to a big comfortable cruiser like the Grand Carnival. Do they think people only drive them in the metro area?
Edward Lithgow, Dunolly Vic The vast majority of carmakers are moving to fit space-saver spares, or even puncture repair kits in their cars, to save money, space and weight. Sadly, now it’s a fact of life.
CONSIDERING A KIA
I HAVE signed up for a Hyundai ix35 Highlander which I am having trouble getting due to lead time blowing right out. I am trying to get my deposit back and have just started looking at a Kia Sportage Platinum. What are your thoughts on this model over the ix35. From what I have read online thus far, the Kia seems to handle a lot better.
David Oldaker, email The Kia does have a better ride and handling package, and is a little cheaper. But the two cars are clones and that means Kia has similar deliv- ery delays to Hyundai— especially on the diesel models.
ROADS TO RUIN
WITH our roads becoming worse with potholes etc through a lack of maintenance by the governing bodies, l thought you might highlight the damage that can be sustained to 18-inch alloys. It must be huge right across Victoria and the only way to get compensation is through legal advice.
Steve, email Big wheels means very low-profile tyres and less impact resistance. Another sad fact of life these days.
Spacesaver tyre: angry after a punture in Kia’s Grand Carnival .