What price a Mustang?
I’m wondering if you think Ford will rip us off on the prices of the new Mustang as Carsguide said the price of the new 5.0-litre GT could be north of $70,000. As we know, this is absolutely crazy. Potential buyers in Australia, myself being one as I have my name down with our local dealer, are well aware of what the car should cost and if Ford base their price on greed, they will pay the price. A well-equipped GT Coupe sells in the US for $37,000$40,000, about comparable with a Chrysler 300C. So, if Chrysler can bring a 300C to Australia for $45,000, what bulldust story will Ford give us for their rip-off pricing? Rob Foley, email I am now expecting Mustang prices from $45,000 to $60,000. But this is what the big man at Ford, company president Bob Graziano, says: “We haven’t announced Mustang pricing yet, but it’s an important halo performance car for Ford going forward so stay tuned.”
I have a commanding view over tall buildings in the fringe of the CBD in Melbourne and I just wanted to let you all know that the increase in absolutely massive car-carrier ships has, and is, growing at an obvious rate over the very recent past. A sign of the times? Well, the writing is on the wall for the locals after all isn’t it? Lance Wilken, email
In the past I have used Gregory’s Service & Repair Manuals but am unable to find one for my 2009 2.0-litre petrol Hyundai i30. Any ideas? Peter Pezos, email Hyundai says there are no oldschool manuals on the i30 from the current leader in the field, Haynes. But if you have a specific job you need to do they are happy to provide information through us.
TANKS A LOT
I drive a Peugeot 308 diesel wagon and, on a recent interstate trip to Victoria, the trip computer showed 1320km to empty when I filled the tank. When I fill up in Queensland it always shows approximately 1020km-1040km. Why? What is going into Queensland fuel? Patricia Smith, email Trip computers calculate the range based on current fuel use, so you will always get more kilometres from a tank if you’re cruising economically on a freeway-style road.
TICKS OUR BOX
I hired a four-wheel-drive from a car rental agency in Melbourne but, when it wasn’t ready in time, they offered me a Kia Carnival instead. As I will be transporting adults and kids from Melbourne to Port Fairy and back, is the Carnival a