with Paul Gover
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.