Readers have their say about everything on wheels
SIGN OF THE TIMES
I AM a regular traveller/tourist around central Victoria and have noticed the overhead speed signs that advised motorists of their speed have been covered up with black plastic sheeting for a few months at Ballarat, Geelong and Beveridge.
And now I notice on the Hume Highway at Beveridge the overhead platform and the advisory sign to check speed have also been removed. I thought these were a great idea to give drivers an indication as to their actual speed, especially when driving a new car with the allowed variance on new vehicles’ speedometers. Are they going to be replaced?
Croydon Joey We believe they were taken down to prevent people trying to log a high speed on the display.
FUEL FOR THOUGHT
SO FAR, no one has been able to tell me how fuel consumption is calculated. I understand the distance travelled is given easily, but how is the petrol consumed measured accurately? I assume the fuel gauge readings are way too rough when the figure given is shown to the nearest 0.1L/100km. Joe, email Fill the tank right to the top and zero the tripmeter or note the mileage on the odometer. After your drive, refill the tank the same way— at the same pump is best — and measure the number of litres. Divide the number of litres into kilometres, moving the decimal point for hundreds, and you have a proper litres/100km figure.
FABIA IS FABULOUS
I’VE driven a Skoda Fabia in Europe recently and was very impressed with the vehicle. We would be interested in purchasing this model if/when it ever reaches Australia. We have spoken with sales representatives at a Skoda outlet in Mentone and they had no knowledge if/when the Fabia will ever get to Australia, so are you aware of any intention of Skoda to introduce the Fabia in Australia? Do you have any particular views on this Skoda model?
Stuart Allen, email We’ve also driven, and liked, the Fabia in Europe. But it’s too expensive for Australia and will also have to sell up against the Volkswagen Polo, which is the German brand’s priority in Australia. Skoda is working on a smallcar plan, but nothing is ready yet.
IT’S EASY TO FOCUS
THE RS Focus is still available. In NSW alone, there were 36 units available and probably similar numbers in other states, except Queensland. Just thought I’d let you know because if people think they’re too hard to get, they may not even bother trying. Kevin Doonan, dealer principal
D&J Ford, Lithgow Now we know where to start the chase.
Fill her up: You can check fuel usage yourself.