Did 300 odd miles on Sunday 17th, up to that there Midlands - Cannock / Hednesford to be precise, carrying 4 passengers, and beating the twatnav by 44 minutes on the way there.....
Observations: There's not as much shoulder room in the back as THAT SPANISH BASTARD, however, there was reportedly moar legroom. I'm not fussed, I was in the front.....
Averaged 35.4mpg on the way up, in "mixed" driving....i saw an indicated 135 on a private bit of the M1.....
The heater works well, and quickly - from leaving it at 12.30ish, and going back at 17.30ish, in 1 degree temperature, it took no more than 5 minutes to provide warm air. that's pretty impressive.
The stereo (Pie-In-Ear jobboie, running through the standard Bose speakers) sounds wicked - Peeping Tom album on a CD-R played mercilessly, demonstrated the woofers perfectly!
The brakes are a bit pants. This is the first fully loaded, high speed trip, and whilst the brakes work, they don't inspire the same levels of confidence as those in TSB. I have been looking at grooved and drilled stuff on ebay......
Took a bit longer to get home, although still managed a satnav beating time, and the mpg was a little better - an overall average of 36.4...which is a damn site better than TSB managed on an identical journey, 5 up, 2 years ago (30ish).
Got home at 8.45pm, and I honestly felt like I'd only driven to the shops....TSB would have had me reaching for a chiropractor's phone number, and / or my bed.
In short, she earned herself a few brownie points with the chaps, and I'm well chuffed.
(Touch wood) Nothing's fallen off or broken, no expenses...although the rear wiper is FUBAR, that won't be dear.
Glad it's all working well for you. I used to get about 36mpg short journeys locally and a bit more on a run. Don't believe the trip computer as it lies.
Space is a bit tight in the back but i did carry two kids + seats and a teenager on a few long journeys and they didn't moan that much.
I never found the brakes that bad but i get the impression you are a 'press on' driver! I never had it up to anything like that speed on my private road but i know it will pull well at big speeds even in 6th gear due to the torque.
The rear wiper motor packed up so i replaced it with a used one off ebay. Seem to remember it wasn't expensive. Apparently you can unseize them quite easily if you know what you are doing, i.e. don't hit it repeatedly with a lump hammer while in a vice which i did with the first one.
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