What about odometers?
THE letter re: speedo inaccuracies (Carsguide, March 20) is one of many. Surely in this day and age the manufacturers can get all of them correct, not just some. Also, you are correct at 10 per cent for speedos. However, odometers are only allowed 5 per cent. Therefore this should be fixed under warranty.
John Ashton, Banksia Beach
Euro cars taxing
more for European cars than they do over there? In many cases we appear to pay nearly double the price.
Also, why are diesel engines more expensive here than in Europe, where they are often much cheaper than petrol-powered vehicles?
I know there is a luxury tax on more expensive models, but that could not account for the huge price difference. Neither could adding a few extras. For example, you can purchase aMini for under $20,000 in England. Bottom-end 3 series BMWs are well under $40,000.
Also, why not huge price drops for the rise in the value of our dollar in the past 12 months? I would imagine on a Ferrari or similar the drop should be about $50,000.
Phillip Smith EDITOR: There are many reasons for the price difference, such as freight, 5 per cent import duty and 33 per cent luxury tax, but also, most European models we receive have a higher specification. Most have decreased with the recent 5 per cent import duty drop. Diesel engines are more expensive to manufacture. In Europe, there have been government incentives to buy diesel, which has created a huge demand, therefore decreasing prices. Importers use different strategies to hedge against currency fluctuations, usually averaging over time.
Motor or engine?
YOU can do me a small favour in the interests of correctness and convey to all your motoring journalist colleagues the correctness of referring to a vehicle’s power source. In most cases an engine of the internal combustion type refers to a fuel-air mixture burned inside the engine. It is very common to see references to ‘‘motor’’, which is incorrect, unless the vehicle is a hybrid. Even then that vehicle still has an engine.
Cruising and coasting
WITH the current interest in cruise controls apparently jamming on, and being a retired driver trainer, I experimented with my BA Falcon Futura with the cruise control on.
The speed was set at 80km/h and we were climbing a slight rise. I moved the gear selector to neutral, expecting the engine to roar in an attempt to maintain the speed, where in fact the car began to slow and – on checking the instruments – the cruise system had gone into coast mode, requiring me to reset the resume control for the car to continue. Hopefully this may be of benefit to many drivers.