Readers have their say about everything on wheels
BRAND NEW CLAIM
BRAND, brand, brand, brand, brand, brand, brand, brand. Sound stupid? That’s because it is. Enzo Ferrari was a person, not a brand, and cars are cars, not brands. It appears that the only brands in motoring are the cloned journalists who perpetuate this nonsense. Car companies are brands and they now treat each of their models as individual brands. We did not decide this, but we are forced to report it. On the subject of motoring brands, surely Jeremy Clarkson qualifies.
Bat 49, email YOUR article on replacing remote controls at Statewide Locksmiths does not apply to all cars. I have a 2006 Ford Focus and they quoted me $300, which is about the same as Ford.
W.A. Hicks, Healesville That’s a pity as we hoped it would be a worthwhile solution.
I AM looking to buy a used car but am not sure what to buy. I have $15,000 to spend and would like good fuel economy, airbags and not a small car such as a Getz. It is just to go to and from work each day, about 40 minutes each way. What do you think of a Mitsubishi 380? Is it hard to find parts for them?
Steve, email The 380 would be a great choice for your sort of driving and parts should be no problem because Mitsubishi made a giant commitment to owners before it shut the Adelaide factory.
LPG GETS COSTLIER
I READ with interest your article about the introduction by Holden of a dedicated LPG-powered Commodore. Since the introduction of the LPG Conversion Rebate Scheme in August 2007 the price of LPG at the pump has risen by at least 30 cents a litre, or 10 cents a year.
In fact, since I bought my first LPG-powered car it has tripled. It is my contention that, as it has become more popular. the price has steadily risen and as there is no excise on LPG all this profit is going back to the petrol companies. If Holden plans to have ‘‘10 or 15 per cent of sales’’ being LPG-powered it will just give the petrol companies more consumers to milk.
I have tried to point out this price gouging to both print and electronic media and the NRMA but to no avail. A letter to my local federal MP only resulted in a limp reply from the minister concerned. LPG is supposed to be ‘‘greener’’ and more plentiful but i f the Government i s not interested in reining in the petrol companies who will?
Ian James, email Well, at least you have made it into print with your contention.
Parts worry: a reader wants to know if the 380 is any good.