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  1. 1200 miles covered in this over the weekend, Rome to Lyon and back. 

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    5 up with baggage and we were snug. Will be looking at a roof box next:

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    What can I say about it? I did Rome to Aosta (450ish miles) with a stop outside Bologna for LPG and Milan for lunch, and no real complaints. For a 1 litre 3 cyl loaded up to the gills it performed very well. I have no other experience of new 3 cyl engines, but I can say that if I knew no better I would think that this was a 1.6. 

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    I took to the passenger seat for the last leg of the journey and did Bologna-Rome yesterday on the return, so all in 650ish miles at the wheel. What can I say about it? The seats after a while can get a bit uncomfortable, I think the material is a bit tough/hard. Other than that, nothing really. I’m still really surprised at how well it drove. Whatever about the longevity of these engines remains to seen I suppose, but in the meantime I’ll call this a good “an car”

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  2. Think share your sentiments OP. 

    Here in Rome I have use of a 02 Berlingo HDI as well as my own 2023 Lancia Ypsilon. In the first six months of ownership of the Lancia I had only put about 600 km on it (by comparison, in the last 6 months I've put about 7k km on it). Given the choice I always took the keys to the Bingo, but eventually got sick of its quirks. There is a lot to be said for a decent heater, decent brakes, nice tight gear change etc. 

  3. There is the great story of John Taylor in Dublin who has been driving the same ice cream van in Dublin since 1968 (for eagle-eyed viewers, the reg is indeed from 1971...back in the day there was no real hurry to register your new vehicle). He is still going strong AFAIK. Photos (except the last one) are mine:

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  4. When I was at school I had a girlfriend who obviously didn’t drive, but whose dad had a 71 Merc w115 200. He daily drove a Jag S type too which was also quite cool at the time. We got on well.

    I used to see him at local shows until only a few years ago and he had a Daimler Dart then. He used to greet me still, and if with friends etc would say “this is the fella who broke my Joana’s heart”, and that would always inevitably direct a few stares at the chap in the clerical collar..

  5. 28 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

    My parents recently bought one of those, albeit in 1.0 TSi spec (I assume being a bASe your one is non-turbo?).  I had a go in it at the weekend and was proper impressed - very smooth for a triple, great torque and almost no turbo lag, apart from the slightly thrummy engine note it almost felt like a 1.6.

    It’s a 1.0 mpi, so 75 bhp non turbo. I think I was a bit harsh; it’s putting the kms away with no issues and sits steadily, albeit noisily, at 130 km/h on private roads. Even saw 140 at one stage!

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