So here she is, back home after a busy weekend. Little under 2000 miles in four days. Managed just over 50mpg on the way up, and 48mpg on the way back down (which makes sense, given that the weather was awful on the way up so I was having to take it easier, whereas it was lovely and sunny today and the road was virtually empty, so was in full juggernaut mode - legally of course).
Hasn't missed a beat all weekend despite the best efforts of the weather, and will now be treated to a well earned wash to get rid of all the salt, and a routine service which is just coming up to being due.
Couldn't have asked for a better companion on a long run like that to be honest (well, unless I'd had a chance to find and fit cruise control!), have never had a car before which could be such an effortless motorway cruiser. Saab will happily cruise at the same speeds, but you're much more aware of it - Xantia just rockets along with total ease. The diesel torque allowing you to just instantly dial an extra 20mph onto forward speed to overtake almost instantly without even needing to drop a gear is nice too...
Would have made it in less than eight hours too save for the one bit of traffic I hit - all of 30 miles from home too!
I do have to admit that I really enjoy long distance driving like this, not sure why, just do!