Readers have their say about everything on wheels
STATES ARE GREAT
WITH our dollar as strong as it is, the US is a great place for a motoring holiday. I have just returned from a trip to the US. Three of us went to the Nascar race in Texas before heading off on a three-week road trip from Texas to New York. Petrol is cheap and the road system is brilliant, and good hotels along the highways are both frequent and much cheaper than in Australia. We hired a Chevy Impala with a 3.5-litre V6 and ancient four-speed auto. We did 5400km for a total fuel cost of A$295 with an overall economy of 8.5litres/100km. Not bad for three-up, full luggage and 70-80 mph ( 120-140km/ h). We hired the car through a UK outfit called Travel Jigsaw — $A1000 for three weeks, including insurance, which I thought was very good. We had a great time and thoroughly recommend a US road trip.
John Pohlman, email
PETROL OK TO USE
A FRIEND bought a new Toyota Camry and, not being happy with fuel consumption, she rang Toyota. They advised her not to use petrol from either Coles Express or Safeway. Is this good advice?
Lorraine Mills, email There is no reason for supermarket fuel to be sub-standard because it comes from the same suppliers as major fuel brands. It’s more likely the car is taking time to run-in or your friend is adjusting to the technique for the best economy.
I LIKE PEUGEOT
I AM writing because I am perplexed about your negative review about the Peugeot RCZ, with seemingly nothing good to say about it except its great looks. I have read about eight road tests on the internet, written by reviewers in the UK, Europe and Australia. None alluded to the problems you found with ride quality, heavy steering and clutch pedal position. In fact, many positives, apart from great looks, were found, such as a roomy cabin and a comfy driving position, a peppy motor in the 147kW petrol model, smooth gear-changing, a terrific exhaust note and a large boot. Back-seat space is very poor and would probably accommodate only a couple of small monkeys. But if you needed back-seat space you wouldn’t buy a car like this. I have driven the RCZ on average suburban roads in Brisbane and enjoyed the experience. We are all entitled to our opinion, but I was surprised you said ‘‘the engineering lets it down in everything’’, even though it made the top 10 in the carsGuide Car of the Year.
Alan Thomas, email The verdict on the RCZ, which made the Car of the Year finals mostly on its great looks, came from all 10 reviewers. None was happy with the car, particularly compared with rivals including the excellent Audi TT.