with Paul Gover
ON SPACE-saver wheels, if the operation of the vehicle is not compromised why are they limited to 80km/h? Why can’t I get a roadworthy with one fitted to my car? Why is it illegal to fit two space savers? It is accepted that space savers adversely affect steering, braking and traction. In my opinion they are dangerous and should be banned. The reason they are supplied is to save the manufacturer money.
Mick Woods, email Space savers are restricted because they are only a temporary spare, not an extra regular tyre. You are right that they are supplied to cut costs, and also weight, in new cars.
I WAS driving towards Adelaide on the South Eastern Freeway, near the Hahndorf exit when I noticed a sporty car coming up behind me. I could not identify it — not a Porsche or Ferrari — perhaps a Lamborghini? The traffic was fairly busy and at my age (86) I have to concentrate on my driving so I did not study this car too much. After the car had passed me I saw ‘‘Jaguar’’ on a boomerang-shaped badge on the back. It had Queensland plates— reddish/brown — numbers then letters. It was very ‘‘hippie’’ — similar to the photo of the Jaguar from the Paris Motor Show in carsGuide. It was also similar to the Lambo you showed in the same paper. Do you have any comment?
Geoff Davis, email That’s not a lot to go on, but quite possibly a Jaguar XJ220. There are a couple in Australia and it fits the profile. The car was a mid-engined supercar b u i l t from 1992-1994 by Tom Walkinshaw for Jaguar, with a top speed of 317km/h.
MY PARTNER wants to buy a new car suitable for towing a caravan — he now drives a Ford station wagon which they no longer make. The suggestions are Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Prado, a Jeep, or anything else that you may suggest.
Katherine Logan, email My first choice is always the Prado. It’s tough, good for towing, and has pretty much bulletproof reliability.