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CitroJim
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Post by CitroJim »

That's a shame Will :(

Hope she goes to a good home!

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Post by KP »

Me too Jim :)

One of the reasons i have set the price high, as to avoid people buying to break as it were.

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Post by KP »

Well she's off across the sea now so I hope her new owner takes care of her and she even ran to get on the transporter after I reconnected the it leads but she ram super rich! Sad but it's the only time in many years no chevrons have been outside the house.

For a while I will get to try put PSA's new v6 hdi in a disco 4 hse :-D and then later in the year hopefully get to own a freelander 2 with the 2.2hdi unit in but no Eolys fluid :-)

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Post by KP »

Well for 2months I have managed to wangle one of these for work
http://www.landrover.com/gb/en/lr/disco ... plore/hse/
On average I'm getting about 25.7mpg over 300 miles covered so far. It costs a fortune to fill, about £100 from empty :-O
It takes off as expected from a standing start but if your rolling it flies! I can just get its mpg over 40 if I slipstream a large artic.

The steering wheel I think is it's best feature as it feels like sheepskin it's so soft :-) and the air suspension gives it a Citroën feel as well as the twin turbo unit upfront.
I'll see how it copes off road this morning before giving it a good wash :-)

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Post by Trainman »

KP wrote:Well for 2months I have managed to wangle one of these for work
http://www.landrover.com/gb/en/lr/disco ... plore/hse/
On average I'm getting about 25.7mpg over 300 miles covered so far. It costs a fortune to fill, about £100 from empty :-O
It takes off as expected from a standing start but if your rolling it flies! I can just get its mpg over 40 if I slipstream a large artic.
A cracking engine, I admit, but a still a Doncaster Dozer........ :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

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Post by KP »

The autobox is a bit hard to get used to for someone who has mostly driven manuals :-( it seems to always have a clutch slipping unless you stick it in sport and then manual is only way to get it to kind of 'lock-up'. Mpg doesn't change at a cruise between 70-90 though but it is superbly quiet and relaxing inside and for the milage I will do it will be great and use a tanker of fuel lol!

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Post by Citroenmad »

How nice! A Discovery 4 to use 8-)

I really like the D3, if I could afford one id have one, awesome machine.

I like Land Rovers in general though, most of them apart from the 90/110s, fantastic off road i know, but too agricultural to be comfortable as a car.

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Post by KP »

I'd love to have a D3 HSE but the fuel bills are a bit :shock: even for the newer engine so im hoping i can get enough together at the end of the summer if not before to buy a nice Freelander 2 HSE instead and put some toys inside :) Better VFM i think and still capable enough offroad for what i would want to do once in a while :) and still a PSA engine...

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Post by KP »

Well I had to hand the d4 back and I must admit I nearly shed a tear :-(

Since then I have had in following order,

'10 ford focus estate 1.6 petrol
Horrible car, very slow and if used as an estate like I had to, even slower and thirstier, late 20's mpg wise! Very vague handling as well I thought.
'10 vauxhall vectra Sri cdti
Nearly as bad as the ford, found torque to be higher up th rev range than should be right for a diesel, seats made my legs ache more than the ford as well but plenty of lower down grunt let down by cheap standard fit tyres. And not too bad on juice, early 50's on a run over the hills but a bit raptly inside.
'10 ford transit 85 115 swb
A very marked improvement over the mid-late 90's transits I used to drive. Still felt like there was no turbo but a decent amount of low down shove that coped with being half filled with 30kg servers and a few desktops and tft's but would only just hold 50 with foot to the floor over the highest point of the m62 yesterday which was kinda fun! Oh and it had traction control as well! Never had that on a van before now ;-)

This brings me neatly onto our little swift :-(
It's only major fault since Rachel got it has appeared on the past few weeks.
The SMS light would come on and not extinguish but instead cause random pimp home mode failovers.... It was initially looked at and the call out guy diagnosed cat or one of the lambda sensors failing as the pressure drop across the cat was out of allowed range. Went to first dealer in Scunthorpe and they cleaned the earthes up and them checked it and cleared fault. It was fine for a few days but then came back. Called Suzuki assist again and they came out and had a look again and then said to drive to dealer if I felt safe to do so and a hire car would meet me there. Fast forward 3 hours later and still no hire car after chasing hire company lots and no one could get hold of the depot. Later transpired that they had left said car at BMW about 1km away and not Suzuki.... Well next day they came with another car and an sorry. They bumped me up 2 groups and brought a just delivered Alda Guilietta 2litre jtd veloce to me :-D I was well chugged. Bad bit is Rachel now really loves the car and we have it until the swift is brought back to us. Needless to say since last Tuesday I've only chased Suzuki once :-)

Next thing I have to do is sort out a shed for myself to get me through the summer till freelander 2 prices come back down. To this end I currently have been offered a tidy looking Xantia hdi 110 sx hatch '99 with 130k and loads of receipts and a few months tax and a week of eat for the massive asking price of 450. I'm tempted to get it tomorrow and then buy a local exclusive 2.0 petrol and strip it for parts like leather and alloys as no t&t and rattley cat have it currently offered to me for £200 which is a wee bit more than the price of decent leather! But should I really rip an exclusive apart even if it's cheap and a petrol or take the risk and test it and fix it up n flog on???

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Post by XantiaMan »

Must of been something seriously wrong with that Transit, with all my kit in the van i can easily pull up any hill i want, and could do 90-95mph without a problem and its a medium roof 85ps. Although it is remapped.

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Post by Citroenmad »

Your certainly getting a choice of cars at the moment.

I had thought Ford Focuses drive well, or so the road tests have you believe. I do quite like the current shape (05-11, forget there is a new one now) and it uses PSA diesels too. I didnt know you can get a 10 reg Vectra, must be a very late one as the Insignia was out before then.

The Alfa Guilietta is a very good looking car, Im seeing more of them too, they must be selling reasonably well.

If its a stop gap car, can you not live with the spec of a standard SX Xantia just for a few months?

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Post by XantiaMan »

Also about the Focus, yes the 1.6 is underpowered but the dynamics for a normal car are very good IMO.

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Post by KP »

The transit just ran out of puff after about 2.5k revs. the rest of the rev range upto 4.5/5k was just a flat line that must be pointing sharply downward on a torque graph :(

Sorry i just think to myself the insignia is just another vectra, it was indeed an insignia :D too juch typing lol.

I could just live with the poverty spec, especially as think it could be sold on with little to no loss on the initial purchase price but for the sake of £200 plus another £100 for fuelling it and bringing it back home on one day insurance and stripping it i would get a lot off it parts wise... anyone want an engine or gearbox ;)

since driving the guilitta we've only seen 2 others on the road, its almost as rare as the SSS's

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Post by andmcit »

Personally, I wouldn't kill the Exclusive; waste of a top car.

Is the 2.0 a 16v'er with a manual box or an auto?

The autoadaptive is damned brilliant, the 16v engine is an excellent engine
and the hydractive is great as you're no doubt familiar with on the Activa
and when it's working properly far better than the Sx spec suspension.
Get the cat sorted and sell the car on for a profit if you can actually bear
to let it go after sorting it out!

Mind, dependent on the spec, If you want to pass the Exclusive on I could
be interested in a wheels/seats conversion! Prefer Activa cloth and Activa
rims over bobbly solid Exclusive rims every time.

Leather seats turn up all the time although granted s2 ones are harder to find.

Andrew

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Post by KP »

the exclusive is the 135bhp manual version, so im guessing just low powered 16v unit? reckons he got about 35-40mpg out of it on average...

That could be a deal andrew :)

both vehicles are S2 as well so side airbags on both which is another reason for the idea of pulling the exclusive apart...