All Things V6...

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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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Excellent!
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Well the tank for the C6 should be arriving here on Tuesday. **Fingers crossed**

I ended up with a surprise day off yesterday having been called out on Friday night and been working most of the night. So that my body clock isn't out of sync I usually force myself to keep busy on days like these so I decided I'd go and have a fiddle with the cars. I reconnected the battery to the Activa and found it to be flat so whipped it off and stuck it on charge, then decided to try the 406 Coupe and found it flat too! :( So I put both batteries on charge and went to find something else to amuse myself with.

Anyway, after work today I put the batteries back in both the Activa and 406 and checked the oil levels on both. Neither of them have even been started since Christmas Day, happily both of them fired instantly as the key was turned.

I started the Activa first, checked the tyre pressures whilst the suspension came up, I then checked the coolant and the LHM levels before taking it for a run. It amazes me how good the Activa is as a V6 when being driven gently, the clutch, gear change and general driving of the car is sooo smooth. It just purrs away no matter where you are in the rev range. Once the oil and water temperature gauges were showing normal levels I opened it up a little but still didn't go over 4k rpm today as it had been sitting for a while. After about 15 miles it was parked up again. The Activa's MOT is due on 14th April so I'm going to get a few miles on it between now and then so that there's less chance of the rear ram leaking come MOT time.

Next up was the 406, after checking the oil I started it and left it running whilst I checked the tyre pressures and did the usual coolant check, then decided to go on the same route I'd done 10 minutes previously in the Activa. The 406 has the ES9J4S engine with VVT and both cars have the same ML5T gearbox and hydraulic clutch arrangement. Yet it's amazing how different both cars are to drive. The suspension on the 406 is much harder then the Activa but it doesn't feel *too* hard. The driving position is totally different yet both are very good. The 406 MOT isn't due until October so there's plenty of time left on that anyway and it's just been taxed so it's ready to go.

The Activa has only done a total of 706 miles since it's last MOT in April last year so it's actually done more miles sitting on the trailer last year then it did on the tarmac. That is going to change this year though as it's this car I'm taking to the Northern, not the XM for a change. The 406 has done even less but I can't remember the numbers on that one.

Anyway, that's all for now :)

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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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David, you really must enjoy your Activa this year!

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I couldn't agree with you more David, the V6 and the manual gearbox is a great combination. I can find myself just pootling around in top at low speeds.I'm also surprised at the economy too when driven sensibly, I would says it's possibly better than my old Zx16v doing similar journeys.

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I am so looking forward to having mine done to properly enjoy a V6 and manual combination 8-)
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Jim, you can have a run in mine at the Northern this year. That'll encourage you no end to get yours finished :)
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DHallworth wrote:Jim, you can have a run in mine at the Northern this year. That'll encourage you no end to get yours finished :)
8-) :mrgreen: :-D Yes please!!!!!
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CitroJim wrote:
DHallworth wrote:Jim, you can have a run in mine at the Northern this year. That'll encourage you no end to get yours finished :)
8-) :mrgreen: :-D Yes please!!!!!

Boys and their toys....... as SWMBO would say :rofl2:
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Boys, as they get older Steve, just get bigger toys with more cylinders...

You know the truth of that :wink: 8-) :)
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I've just been to test something with only one cylinder :P
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The_Hairdresser wrote:I've just been to test something with only one cylinder :P
Does it have two wheels Mike?
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It does Jim, yes. Therefore it is not a lawnmower.

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The_Hairdresser wrote:Therefore it is not a lawnmower.
Not necessarily :P

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That's fantastic! I wasn't aware Flymo did a proper mower :-)

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Is that a special one for doing steep banks?