Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by bobins » 07 Jan 2018, 16:39

That's one thing with my Mrs' VW Up! - if you want to get anywhere in a hurry, you really have to work it : up and down the gears to keep it on the boil, but it sticks to the road like a go-kart. Around the country lanes it brings a smile to the face :) It's never going to win any prizes for comfort or luxury, but it's good at making you think how you drive :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 07 Jan 2018, 18:07

Roomster is very much the modern day Fiat Multipla. Odd looking but supremely well thought out. The Yeti is essentially the same car I believe, but with the styling reigned in to slightly more normal levels.

I reckon the Activa has about the ideal level of get up and go - it feels *plenty* fast, but it's not ridiculous like some motors.

Had a shot of a friend's Monaro VXR8 (the nuts supercharged one), and it was hilarious - but you were being very illegal within 5 seconds of putting your foot down. Would be a hoot on a track, but I reckon trying to really use it in the real world would wind up with your driving licence being an ex-licence in pretty short order.

You going to be about this week Jim?

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 07 Jan 2018, 18:39

The Roomster is Fabia based, whereas the Yeti is a Tiguan/Audi Q3 in a cheaper dress. I might go and look at a Roomster, they look quite interesting, though I'd like more go than their diesels have, for motorway use - especially over the channel where one can go a bit faster. Perhaps an Octavia Estate would be nice. That said, I'm still in negotiations about swapping the Focus for a C1.

The problem with the Monaro is exactly the problem I have with the Focus. I recently got away with doing (in the Policeman's words..) "well over a ton" ) I saw 130 at a glance , and I'd hit that speed very quickly indeed between the southernmost and A4 exits on the A404 - about 3/4 mile, and managed to pull off at the 2nd exit in complete safety at said junction, with no drama whatsoever. Damn good job he wasn't traffic and was on his own! Can't be arsed with it any more, perhaps I'm getting old!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 07 Jan 2018, 19:02

If I had the choice between your focus and a c1, for one day I would take the focus, for long term I’ll have the c1 thanks. You can have fun driving the thing every journey in a c1/107 whereas in a focus rs, yes a blast of sheer power would be magic overtaking’ but normal day to day you are not using the cars capabilities so it’s boring. That’s also what I think of my 407, and probably why I haven’t been interested in fixing it’s running issues, and why I prefer both the 205 and the xantia over it.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by bobins » 07 Jan 2018, 19:08

It's a yin and yang thing. You need the little go-karts to make you appreciate the fast luxury stuff, and you need the fast luxury stuff to make you appreciate the little go-karts.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 07 Jan 2018, 19:09

daviemck2006 wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 19:02
If I had the choice between your focus and a c1, for one day I would take the focus, for long term I’ll have the c1 thanks. You can have fun driving the thing every journey in a c1/107 whereas in a focus rs, yes a blast of sheer power would be magic overtaking’ but normal day to day you are not using the cars capabilities so it’s boring. That’s also what I think of my 407, and probably why I haven’t been interested in fixing it’s running issues, and why I prefer both the 205 and the xantia over it.


Had the same problem with the Impreza and the Audi TT, just too fast to be any fun. I took the TT out one afternoon and absolutely caned it everywhere around the country roads, smoky brake pads, smelly tyres, the lot. Didn't come close to anything like a thrill! All the Focus has made me do is swear a couple of times involuntarily at it's speed. At least with the Impreza, the brakes were abysmal for the performance, so you got a perverse adrenaline rush trying to slow the thing down again!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 07 Jan 2018, 19:11

bobins wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 19:08
It's a yin and yang thing. You need the little go-karts to make you appreciate the fast luxury stuff, and you need the fast luxury stuff to make you appreciate the little go-karts.


It'd be really nice if someone made a really torquey, diesel go-kart type car that was quiet on the motorway that could cruise in relative silence at 80-90mph. I'd buy one immediately. I don't need a big car, but they're always so much quieter. I like to be able to stick bikes in the back but that's not an essential.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2018, 19:12

Back home again after a truly excellent day all-round... The Ka gave a very good account of herself and has proved herself in very good mechanical condition...

She's nowhere near as frugal on fuel as Sally though :(

Seats and driving position are both surprisingly good in the Ka and she's quite good on a long trip...Acid test was that I could drive her all the way from Romsey to home without getting an aching bum...

The only other car that achieves the same accolade is Sally...

Everything else is literally a pain in the bum after about 50 miles...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2018, 19:13

Michel wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 19:11
It'd be really nice if someone made a really torquey, diesel go-kart type car that was quiet on the motorway that could cruise in relative silence at 80-90mph. I'd buy one immediately. I don't need a big car, but they're always so much quieter. I like to be able to stick bikes in the back but that's not an essential.


They did... It was called the Peugeot 205 STDT ;)

A true automotive gem...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2018, 19:14

The 205 STDT was basically a diesel GTi but a lot quicker than the petrol GTi...

I had one for a while... It was manic!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 07 Jan 2018, 19:52

There’s a lot of 205 diesels converted to the xud turbo. Crank up the fuelling a bit and run it on veg. Cheap and fun, with comfort thrown in. Just what the doctor ordered!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 07 Jan 2018, 19:58

Michel wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 19:11
bobins wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 19:08
It's a yin and yang thing. You need the little go-karts to make you appreciate the fast luxury stuff, and you need the fast luxury stuff to make you appreciate the little go-karts.


It'd be really nice if someone made a really torquey, diesel go-kart type car that was quiet on the motorway that could cruise in relative silence at 80-90mph. I'd buy one immediately. I don't need a big car, but they're always so much quieter. I like to be able to stick bikes in the back but that's not an essential.


Phase 2 Pug 306 D-Turbo. Especially if it's a late one as they tended to be pretty well kitted out too.

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 07 Jan 2018, 20:03

I know somebody who had a Daihatsu Charade Turbo. Top speed was a little over 100MPH, but it did not take long to get there. He said that there was almost no gap too small to use for overtaking (even if it did mean the oncoming drivers got a bit nervous at times!).

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 07 Jan 2018, 20:16

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 20:03
I know somebody who had a Daihatsu Charade Turbo. Top speed was a little over 100MPH, but it did not take long to get there. He said that there was almost no gap too small to use for overtaking (even if it did mean the oncoming drivers got a bit nervous at times!).


Cappuccino was somewhat like that. It was limited to 85mph, but you hit that like a brick wall. Its party trick was probably accelerating from 40 or 50 up to about 75. Especially with the map it was running meaning that the thing revved like a complete lunatic. Sitting about two inches off the tarmac meant that 50 felt like about 90 anyway!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 08 Jan 2018, 06:59

The three-pot Daihatsu engine is a little cracker - it developed into the C1/107/Aygo engine and we all know what an excellent little engine that one is :)

Daihatsu, now a part of Toyota, are the leaders in small three-pots... I guess why Toyota took them over...