On the way to Bideford, I had to admit defeat and actually put some fuel in.
I then discovered that the trip reset is broken, so took a photo of the mileage for later calculation purposes. After overnighting with my parents, I set off this morning for Wales. That involved an essential stop at Gloucester Services.
Wales was achieved.
Driving impressions. The steering is horribly light, to the point that it feels like the front of the car has been lifted off the ground. They're like this apparently. Annoying given how good the Prelude's steering is. It goes like stink though, even if it is a bit too keen to kick down. There's a huge gap between third and fourth, which is perhaps why. It can lose steam quickly in top on hills. The handling is woeful, though cheap, nasty budget tyres with the insides worn off can't be helping, nor can the alignment that has caused this wear. I don't have a lot of confidence cornering hard in it.
At 70mph, it's doing about 3250rpm, and it seem very happy at this. The high-up driving position is nice, and those shapeless seats are surprisingly comfortable. The gear selector is a bit rubbish, but I think I'm getting used to it. Going from D3 to D4, it's far too easy to end up in neutral by accident. It's a pretty shabby design to be honest. You shouldn't have to use the release function to switch between D positions in my book.
There are issues with the transmission, as discussed earlier. Perhaps I'll treat it to another fluid change at some point. We've only replaced 3.2 litres, which is about half the capacity apparently. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to pull the gearbox apart and clean the filter out, but I don't think that'll be happening soon. I do need to get the stat changed though. Cool runnings are not good.
I'm very happy with it though. Despite the flaws, it's nice and effortless to drive and makes me feel like I need to develop a new active lifestyle to go with my lifestyle vehicle.