Sl4yer wrote: But the questions remain - how does a Mk 2 decide to switch to hard under braking, and why does it sometimes remain as Pressed, but not every time?
The ECU can calculate the braking force applied by measuring the rate of change of speed from the speed sensor during deceleration and to a lesser extent, the amount of dive as measured by the yew sensor on the front ARB. The second question, I'd hazard the input to the ECU is open-circuit as there is no sensor present and it may therefore "Float" to a random value.If the ECU is a MK2 one it will disregard it anyway or else assume the sensor is faulty and disregard it.
What news of my fleet? Well, as my V6 is now on the road, she'll henceforth be reported on in this blog. She passd her MOT on Monday and has been in constant use since, the Activa and 2.1TD have not been touched...
The V6 has been good this past week so this morning we took the bull by the horns, bit the bullet and took her on her first long journey to Somerset and back, a good round-trip of over 300 miles. She went a treat and never missed a beat. She aso returned 36MPG on the run but admittedly that was with still rather careful driving and not exceeding 70MPH and having the gearbox running with it's economy map. There was one occasion when I needed to get past a slower moving vehicle quickly and she did her double down-shift trick and flew past
It was interesting to feel the gearbox switching between it's maps on the journey, going from the economy upwards toward the sportier maps as conditions dicated. Impressive.
The V6 with it's hydractive suspension and very quiet engine makes a lovely relaxed, long-legged cruiser perfect for long fast trips
Shes' very comfy and handles well but she's not on a par with the Activa in that department. Driving a V6 is akin to driving a drawing room on wheels with comfy old leather armchairs
I love it...
We had a look at Dad's new Nissan Pixo today. Not bad as a city car but oh gosh, after a V6 it seemed to have no suspension on it at all and the seats are rock-hard. I took Dad out in it and the feeling was that of bouncing up the road, almost like a cork in a rough sea. It's a perky little performer but the engine, being a three cylinder, is a little rough and uncivilised. I took Dad out in the V6 over the same route and all the bumps that so upset the Pixo were non-existent. Still, it's not a fair comparason is it really? A V6 against a Pixo!
Dad has a problem with it. He's very deaf and the engine is so quiet he cannot hear it when it's idling. Nor can I very well but I could feel it vibrating on its mounts at idle rather than actually hearing it.
Against that, it's a well screwed-together little motor and overall, I was pretty well impressed with it. Not bad for something made in Mumbai! It goes round corners well but given it's very hard suspension, it's not really surprising.