Split­ting lanes

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WISH­FUL THINK­ING

I BOUGHT a Golf GTI, or rather or­dered it and put a $1000 de­posit on it, in June and I am still wait­ing for it. But I was won­der­ing if the price will change be­cause of the strong Aussie dol­lar. In June it was about 80 US cents, so does this mean I will get it cheaper be­cause of the dol­lar be­ing about 99c US?

Mark Simp­son, email Let’s put this an­other way — would you be pre­pared to pay more if the Aus­tralian dol­lar dived on the cur­rency mar­ket? There is no chance of a cut, but car com­pa­nies are look­ing to boost value. Cut­ting prices also un­der­mines re­sale value and re­ally, re­ally up­sets peo­ple who have re­cently paid a higher price.

MIX IS NO MATCH

I’VE been us­ing E10 fuel just re­cently in my 2001 Mazda 323 Pro­tege five-speed man­ual. Be­fore that I got 600-625km around town in Mel­bourne us­ing 91-RON un­leaded. The ve­hi­cle is reg­u­larly ser­viced and I have had it since new. I de­cided to try the E10 mix be­cause it is in many ser­vos and cheaper by a few cents, so the tank was filled with 40 litres and off I went. In the same ar­eas, with the same driv­ing man­ner, I re­turned only 530km. I also no­ticed that the amount of en­ergy re­quired to get mov­ing was dif­fer­ent and that the car was slug­gish on hills. So I have to agree with other read­ers that E10 has a long way to go be­fore I’ll ever use it in my fleet again.

Ray Brown, email

PIL­LAR PROB­LEM

YOU were hard on the reader who loves his 1982 Fal­con, but you shouldn’t have crit­i­cised him for its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. If he con­tin­ues to drive his old Fal­con for an­other mil­lion years he may come close to dam­ag­ing the planet as much as the pro­duc­tion of just one new car. You should ap­plaud his re­cy­cling con­tri­bu­tion in­stead. Ac­tu­ally, old cars do score some points on pri­mary safety — the vis­i­bil­ity from the driver’s seat of all post-1990 slant-wind­screen cars is chron­i­cally dan­ger­ous. A 100mm-thick pil­lar is placed di­ag­o­nally across the driver’s side view. It’s worse than that of my 1938 Chev. Be­ing able to see out of a car is an im­por­tant ac­ci­dent-avoid­ance tool and all new cars are much worse in this re­gard than the HQ Holden of 1971 with its un­par­al­leled vi­sion.

Peter Rat­cliff, email We’re talk­ing about the amount of pol­lu­tion that comes out of the tailpipe of a 1980s car. You’re right about tighter vis­i­bil­ity in mod­ern cars but big pil­lars are nec­es­sary for mod­ern crash test im­pacts.

Long wait: does the rise of the dol­lar mean a Golf GTI will be cheaper?

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