did you pay 80$ for the guide in his car or without car?
for 20/30 Euro you can hire a pretty good guide without car, quality does not mean high prices!
Most of the agencies in Libya are refusing to follow these new restrictions, because they do not have enough cars, GOOD cars especially, to make tourists travel in their cars.
So once again: It is very important, with which agency you deal. If they tell you, its impossible to travel in your own car, just change the agency!
Fix every detail in a letter/mail before you leave and dont pay all in advance.
There were some tourists who got some money back at the end of the trip, there are also fair agencies in Libya
[This message has been edited by ursula (edited 27 September 2004).]