Readers have their say about everything on wheels
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
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?