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  1. 'CruiserMan

    Fuel prices in your country

    Huh... Diesel is still $1.49 for me. Bit better than the $2 I thought I'd be paying six months ago though.
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    2010 Mazda3 revealed

    Sorry NJ, but you guys are getting a raw deal by the sound of it. We get both, the whole way through the model range. Hatch and Sedan cost the same, and we get four models; two with the 2L petrol engine, one with the 2.3 and one with a 2L diesel engine. All available in hatch and sedan for the...
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    Common everyday cars you admire...besides your own!

    Actually, seeing that Crown Vic reminds me... The new Ford Falcon. That's what our American colleagues should be getting rather than the Crown Vic/500. That one, the G6, is the semi-luxury one, with a 4-litre straight 6, about 270hp. There are also Turbo-6 and V8 versions.
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    Rumor: GM and Chrysler in merger talks & other shakeups

    I'm still not entirely clear why Ford hasn't exported the Falcon from Australia. Maybe there's some issues with a LHD conversion, but I'm sure the American market would love it.
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    2010 Mazda3 revealed

    The front actually reminds me of the RX-8 quite a lot. The back reminds me of the last-gen Mazda6 MPS, but I can't stand those tail lights. Same story on the new 6. I used to like Mazda quite a lot, but I'm finding the new styling a bit much. The CX-7/9 is easily the worst of the lot though.
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    Clarkson loses money in wake of economic collapse

    That said, trying to buy anything from overseas is a bit of a pain at the moment. About three weeks ago, one Australian dollar bought 96 American cents. Now it's something like 63 cents. My boss is going to the US mid next-year, he's having kittens watching the exchange rate at the moment :P
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    How prevalent is the use of credit in your country/society

    I'd never associated "credit" with a home loan. Credit in our vernacular is entirely focused on credit cards. Almost every house in this country is bought, at least in part, with money from a loan. When the absolute cheapest little apartment is $200K, and you want to be out of home before...
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    How prevalent is the use of credit in your country/society

    chaos; Big account fees, I guess? In Australia, it is pretty common. We're not up to our eyeballs in debt, although we do have quite a lot of people living right on the razor's edge of being able to pay back their credit card debt and housing loans... I suspect a lot of people here are pretty...
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    Fuel prices in your country

    Diesel has been floating at about $1.70 AUD a litre for a while now. Makes for a painful fill up, I'm happy if I get out of it for less that $200. When you're paying that sort of cash for 800km of not-very-fast, I really start thinking about getting something smaller. But I hardly drive anymore...
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    Rumor: GM and Chrysler in merger talks & other shakeups

    Well, if we get a major merger of the US car makers, the result will be something not entirely unlike Leyland, nationalised or not. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.
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    Common everyday cars you admire...besides your own!

    Ford Falcon AU XR6. From a pretty bloody ordinary looking car, with relatively few changes, to something I think is one of the nicest looking cars to come out of this country. Mazda 323 Astina/Protoge(Last models before the Mazda3) Tidy looking little cars, and not trying to be anything else...
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    Yeah, it's the same everywhere. The rules state that cyclists are to ride single file on the left, unless overtaking, much as I'd expect cars to do on a multilane road. The above behaviour is very stupid. I would hazard a guess and suggest that they're probably riding like that so they can...
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    OH COCK

    I've not been booked in what's approaching three years of driving. Two simple rules have kept me safe and out of trouble. 1) Speed limits may well be stupid, but I'll look stupider with an empty wallet and no license. I'll look like the personification of satan himself if I'm responsible for...
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    ...that's an odd thing to be doing... was there traffic banked up that they were moving through, or were they just rolling along on the dotted line for the hell of it?
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    Unlicensed or not, they're still legal road vehicles. That's not an argument from me, that's from our glorious lead-er, beaurcrats. Again, I'm all in favor of licensing and registering. I can see how you're used to a user-pays system in the US too, and how that's shaping your views. We tend to...
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    So you'd rather have them ducking and weaving in and out of parked cars? Again, having proper facilities SHOULD mean a greater convenience for all concerned. Oh, and give this a little thought... What's going to cause more damage to a street; a 90/100kg Bicycle+rider or a 1.8-3 tonne car...
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    Ah, this is sounding like a US issue. Our paths are most certainly not push-bike specific. And, so far as I'm aware, in Australia, the handicapped don't pay additional tax... And I might add to that, there's a bit more to their facilities that the placards and special spaces in parking areas...
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    Y'know, I actually agree with a lot of what's been said here. Some of the bikes we see kicking around are really bloody dangerous. A prime example that New York residents will be familiar with is the brakeless fixed-gear bike. There is no accountability for cyclists at the moment, and that is a...
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    Your worst traffic annoyances

    Ok, here are some points from a commuter cyclist and 4x4 driver (They ballance out... I think) As a Cyclist, what annoys me; 1) People who question my legitimacy as a road user. The typical quip here seems to be "You pay rego on that?"... I would if I could. Cyclists need to be more...
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    Hi TGL. Sorry for the slow reply... I've not been on the site for about 10 months now...

    Hi TGL. Sorry for the slow reply... I've not been on the site for about 10 months now...
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