Cult badge resonates
I was interested to note that the Celica name was conspicuous by its absence in reporting of the Toyota 86. The line that the 86 is good looking with ‘‘just enough power for the job’’ brings back memories of hairdressers’ and middle aged divorcees’ cars.
RonAltmann, email There was mention of the Celica, MR2 and Supra in our launch coverage, because the 86 is nothing like any of them. It’s a proper driving car and takes its name from the Corolla AE86, which has become a cult car and drift hero with Gen-Y drivers around the world. COPEN THIS I’ve owned a Daihatsu Copen convertible for 10 years. It’s done 200,000km and I’ve never had any problem with it other than the services, brake pads, tyres and battery. I drive it a lot as my everyday company car. Since there aren’t many of them in Australia, could they become a collector’s item? If so, I could keep it and simply buy another car.
DwayneRichings, email If you love the car you should keep it. But it’s unlikely to become a collectable. HIDEALIGHT Is it true that I can be fined $100 for driving with fog lights on when it is not foggy? Elizabeth Thomas, email Yes. But the fine will vary depending on where you live. WHEEL THING We bought a Mazda3 hatch recently and my husband says that if I run into the kerb with the side of the tyres and damage the centre hub it will become useless and cost about $460 to fix. Is he spinning me a story or is there some truth to this?
Svetlana, email Your husband is exaggerating. It would take a massive belt on a kerb to damage the hub on any car’s front suspension, not just a light bump during parking. A bump that big is likely to also cost you a new tyre and wheel. LOTUS FLOWER Before I buy a 2002-05 Lotus Elise, what are your thoughts?
Nick, email It’s a Formula Ford racer for the road, so great fun but very focused. Not a commuter and don’t get us started on the roof— Carsguide was caught in a downpour two minutes from home but 20 minutes from getting the roof back on. SERVICE CAP My 1991 Volvo 960 model with a B280 engine needs a distributor cap, but I’m told Volvo no longer makes them and that no cap is available. I’ve had three aftermarket caps, all of which were faulty and had to be returned. I’m told they’re like hen’s teeth.
Michael, Victoria We’ve checked with Volvo Australia and the part you need has indeed been deleted in Sweden, with none available through Genuine Classic Parts. But the Bosch part number is 1 235 522 388 and Volvo suggests contacting the Volvo Car Club as one of the Australian members might have the piece you need. GENERAL CONFUSION I’m told the Mildura Holden dealership will not have its franchise contract renewed in December after 85 years of continued Holden sales and service. I recently bought a new WayneHumphries, Mildura
Holden will not get into specifics but promises Carsguide there will be a continued local dealership beyond the end of the year. TIGHT CONTROL What do you know about electronic stability control soon to be fitted to the Suzuki Jimny Sierra so that it can be registered in Victoria?
Malcolm Gibson, email Suzuki PR chief Andrew Ellis replies: ‘‘ We are aware of the situation and continue to make our case to head office. (But) there are no immediate plans to add electronic stability control to the car.’’