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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.’’

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