Split­ting lanes

Read­ers have their say about ev­ery­thing on wheels

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

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.

LOCKED OUT

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.

GREAT CHOICE

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.

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