LASTWORD

with Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say -

PASS ON PAS­SAT

I agree with Tony Cross­ley ( Cars­Guide, Oc­to­ber 8). My first car was a Mor­ris Ma­jor and my cur­rent car is a Mit­subishi Magna that has never let me down.

I had a new 1974 VW Pas­sat I con­sid­ered a le­mon. They dis­ap­peared off the face of the earth, must have come back as Toy­otas.

FOR THE BIRDS

Mrs B. Keig, email The Pas­sat is a strong seller for Volk­swa­gen and qual­i­fied for cars­Guide car of the year runoff. I be­lieve Tony Cross­ley is right. New cars are for the birds. I’ve owned old, near-new and brand- new cars and I got more driv­ing sat­is­fac­tion from my old HR Premier than my new As­tra. Plus ser­vic­ing costs of new, es­pe­cially Euro­pean, cars is out­ra­geous. My As­tra is more than an HSV GTS E2. I’ll only ever buy 1960s-1980s in the fu­ture. Pos­si­bly value in­creas­ing ones such as Ca­maro or Corvette. Tony doesn’t live so much in a cave as the in­dus­try-sup­ported mo­tor­ing press lives on a pedestal.

Mur­ray Roberts, Strath­more It’s a fact new-model cars are safer, greener and more ef­fi­cient than any of the oldies. We ap­pre­ci­ate the clas­sics, and un­der­stand ser­vic­ing costs of some im­ported ve­hi­cles, but there is a lot to like in new cars. To­day’s HSV and FPV head­lin­ers are bet­ter than any Holden or Ford from the 1960s to 1980s.

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