Readers have their say about everything on wheels
BOOT THE SPARE
I HEARTILY agree with eight out of 10 of your no-good gadgets, but two criticisms are way off the mark.
First, the spare wheel is the largest piece of dead weight in a car. Engineers spend countless hours trying to save a few grams and then we put 20kg of useless spare wheel in the boot. Think about it . . . how many flats have you had? And how much fuel have you burned carrying it around?
Second, adaptive cruise control is the most significant safety feature since ESC. Unless the Government insists on driver training and building roads properly, the next quantum leap in reducing road trauma will occur when we put control into the hands of engineers and onboard devices that never speed, fall asleep, get drunk or smoke dope.
Geoff Wilson, Warranwood Adaptive cruise is nowhere near as good as some believe and carsGuide believes anything that allows people to think they have a foolproof safety net is bad. People must still treat driving as a serious life skill.
PRIUS ALL RIGHT
I AM looking at getting a secondhand Toyota Prius for my wife. I am looking at a 2008 or 2009 NHW20R between 40,000 and 60,000km.
We are wondering if they are a good car and as green as they say. Also, are there any problems specific to these cars that we should be wary of, for example, batteries etc? Peter and Dagmar
Mackie, email There are no specific problems with the Prius and carsGuide knows of taxis in Queensland that have travelled more than 400,000km on the original battery pack. The Prius is an all right car, not great, but scores as a green flagship.
I AM looking to buy a six or fourcylinder Holden Vectra and would like to know what advice you have. I hope to find one with 10,000-20,000km and as late a model as possible. Is it necessary to use the premium fuel or is standard unleaded fuel OK?
Jane Vanden Broek, email Holden recommends 95 unleaded for both the JC Vectra 2.5 V6 and the ZC Vectra 3.2 V6 but says they are fine on 91, with reduced performance. The Vectra was a good car that failed because it was too dear new.
THE FG falcon is a great car. If only Ford had put as much time, money and effort into the exterior of the FG as they did to the interior, Ford would have a complete winner.
Bryce Wickham, email So that’s a comment from a random Ford fan.
Too dear: a reader wants to know if a Holden Vectra is a good car.