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Drive Life : January 28th 2011
1HERSA1 0008 *3 year free ser vice based on standard scheduled servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 40,000kms. ^Drive away price for the Koleos Expression manual 4x2 non-metallic paint. ol rawford Motors 497 Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100. Tel: 99 41 1200 DL 6342. Northshore Motors 60 Pacific Highway, Waitara 2077. Tel: 9 473 7122 DL11646. Overs ity 573 Gardeners Road, Mascot 2020. Tel: 9317 2111 DL 11226. Peter Warren Renault Hume Highway, Warwick Farm (Liverpool) 2170. Tel: 9828 8844 DL5411. Rick amelian Renault Cnr Elswick Street & Parramatta Road, Leichhardt 2040. Tel: 9560 1000 MD18402. REN1821/SMH www.renault.com.au 5-Star EURO NCAP Safety Rating ABS with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) ESP (Electronic Stability Program) 6 Airbags 17" Alloy Wheels Cruise control with speed limiter Fog lights Bluetooth® Hands Free system KOLEOS EXPRESSION RIVE THE HANGE RIVE AWAY $29,990^ FOR A LIMITE TIME, WITH FREE 3 YEAR S HE ULE SERVI ES* ROSSOVER WITH ONFI EN E Free Service or 40,000kms*. Unlimited Warranty. Unlimited Roadside Assist. YEAR ADULT OCCUPANT 8 Friday, January 28, 2011 The Sydney Morning Herald DriveLIFE cover story Bullseye on your bumper Meet the cars that some motorists love and others love to hate. By Stephen Lacey. 'Sometimes I'll gun it at the lights and someone will wag their pinkie at me.' HSV fan Joe Garzaniti Acouple of years ago, I had the use of a new Lexus IS300 and took it away for a weekend in Canberra. As I was leaving my hotel, I remembered that I'd left my bag at the concierge, so I quickly parked the car in an admittedly stupid place and ran back to retrieve my luggage. When I returned, a nasty letter was waiting for me under the windshield wiper: ''Thanks for parking across a disabled zone, you imbecile. I suppose you think it's your right to park wherever you like, just because you drive a Lexus!'' And the word ''Lexus'' was underlined several times in blue biro. This got me thinking, would the letter have been so nasty if, for argument's sake, I'd been driving a clapped-out Hyundai Excel? And do other drivers get targeted for abuse -- or worse -- just because of the car they drive? For years it was Volvo drivers who copped the most flack. The very phrase ''bloody Volvo driver'' entered the common parlance to describe anybody who appeared clueless and erratic behind the wheel. To counteract the poor perception of its vehicles' drivers, Volvo used the derogatory expression in a hugely successful, tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign; a campaign that even saw a toddler describing his mother as a ''bloody Volvo driver''. Volvo enthusiast, John Grist, says Volvo abuse is becoming less frequent as people's perceptions of the Swedish marque and its hapless drivers has turned around. But it still happens. ''I was at a swap meet at Hawkesbury and this big bearded bloke came up to me at the and says, 'you know what Volvos are for mate? To keep dickheads out of utes,' '' he says. Porsche is another of those brands that polarises people, with many believing Porsche drivers to be arrogant men in the midst of a midlife crisis. ''What's the difference between an echidna and a Porsche?'', asks the well- known joke. ''The echidna has its pricks on the outside.'' Porsche collector Robert Annette says his experience with non-Porsche drivers has been largely positive, when they see him driving past in one of his many 911s. ''Sometimes I get the thumbs up and I have lots of people taking photographs but I've never been abused,'' he says. ''On the other hand, if you're driving a Boxster it might be different. My wife was abused in her Boxster; some cowboy in a four-wheel-drive yelled out, 'You wanker'.'' And then there are Ferraris, with their owners often stereotyped as brash and wearing thick gold chains. Tony File, a member of the Ferrari Club Australia, owns a dark blue 512M. He says most people are nice, pulling up next to him at the traffic lights and joking about swapping cars. However, he recalls one time when his car was parked and a bloke pedalling past on a bicycle, spat all over it. ''I should have chased him down the street but I was on foot,'' File says. According to an NRMA Insurance study in 2007, almost 90 cars a week are maliciously damaged in NSW, costing up to $16 million annually. In Victoria, the RACV estimates about 114 cars a week are attacked by vandals, at a cost of about $1700 a car. This damage can include stolen badges, broken aerials or even smashed windows. But one of the most common forms of damage is the result of ''keying'' -- the term to describe where a person scratches a key along one or several panels. Keying can be very expensive to repair. ''Even if only one panel, such as a door, has been keyed, it still means having to blend the colour into the surrounding panels,'' Peter Barbanera, of Barbanera's Prestige Smash repairs, says. ''So with a top-end car, it can mean respraying the entire side.''
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