In response to the original question â€“
Evans Halshaw is just Pendragon under a disguise.
5 years ago I bought a Signum from them, the car was so bad that I had the AA carry out a full inspection on the car. The cost was about £180 but it is billed as a legal document.
The findings stated that the car was unfit for road use. It was an ex-demo with 2k miles.
Citizen's advice assisted me in trying to return the car but they have no teeth.
I went to my lawyer and he advised against legal action as the court costs would come to about 8k and all Pendragon would do is contest until I got boared or gave up. His advice was to p/x it and take the hit but don't buy another car from them.
Vauxhall Network Q didn't want to know
The only upside is that I paid 1k deposit through my Mastercard, when I sent them the information they retrieved my deposit.
I spent 8 months arguing the point and all it did was raise my blood pressure, there are other ways to skin a cat. The legal route is a waste of time and money.
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Moving back to the Ford, I like Fords, they are cheap to buy & service, reliable and when things do go wrong they are cheap to fix. I have had lots of top end cars, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Volvo but I can honestly say that within a month of changing my Fords, they have been the cars I've been sorry to see go (the 911 was nice tho).
I do about 150 miles up to Aberdeen on Monday, about another 150 miles during the week and another 150 on Friday going home. I need something reliable, comfortable & fuel efficient.
I went out looking for a 3 door Focus and came back with a 2011 ex demo Cmax Titanium 1.6TDCI.
It's quiet and comfortable but not great on fuel.
The 1<SUP>st</SUP> week I averaged (using the trip) 39 mpg.
The 2<SUP>nd</SUP> week 41mpg
Currently this week I'm on 44mpg.
I am driving like Miss Daisy, in fact she'd probably drag me out the car and take the wheel herself. I think the car encourages you to be light footed.
On the motorway I sit at 80 but even so it is still disappointing.
Never use cruse control it's less efficient, the throttle is constantly on and off to maintain the speed.
Never use the air-con, apparently it can cost you 4mpg.
We also have a Grand Espace as we have loads of kids, I was disappointed with it's fuel economy as on a run at 80n it'd only return 34/5mpg. Last time I brought the family up to Aberdeen in this bus I decided to play the trip computer game to see what I could get. The arithmetic was simple, averaging 60mph the bus returned 54mpg. That was 2 adults, 4 kids with cloths for 2 weeks, pretty sure my wife packed the sink as well.
I'll not do this journey at 60mph on my own but the facts are simple, drive at 60mph, in 6<SUP>th</SUP> gear and the car should & probably would return mid 50's.
You'll probably die of boredom during the journey.
My wife had the MK1 Cmax 2.0TDCI great engine (better than the VW equivalent) at 80mph it managed 51mpg. Lighter car? Less stress on the engine?