Split­ting lanes

Read­ers have their say about ev­ery­thing on wheels

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.

VECTRA VALUE

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.

FAL­CON FAN

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.

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