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|06-12-2012 01:19 PM|
|bottletree||Talking of stickers are we getting anymore in?|
|06-12-2012 07:14 AM|
Originally Posted by Big Budgie View Post
If you see the number of windscreen stickes on an american car its often a wonder you can see out of the screen at all
|06-12-2012 12:10 AM|
I've never felt comfortable with Cruise Control either, although I can see the attraction as your right foot slowly goes numb holding the same position on a long motorway stretch. When I had a 1.9D Xantia (NOT a ball of fire performance wise) one of my colleagues had purchased a new VW Passat. 130 TDi Sport. He was bragging it up and said "It's even got cruise control" I said "That right? so does mine." "Does it really?" Says he. I said " Yeah! I've got half a brick I lay on the accelerator when I leave Lerwick. I kick it off just as we're getting to Brae" !!
Then there's the story about the Yank who retired, bought a new Winebago and set off to explore America. He got out on the freeway, set the cruise control and went into the back to make himself a coffee! As you may expect, the vehicle crashed. The utterly ridiculous bit is that he took Winebago to court because there was nothing in the handbook that said you couldn't do that. He actually won the case and was awarded a new vehicle PLUS damages. Winebago then had to amend the user manuals to state specifically that you shouldn't leave the wheel when the cruise control was in use.
Only in America! Am I alone in despairing of the future of mankind on the other side of the pond???
|06-11-2012 09:38 PM|
I've just done a 160 mile round trip to Drayton Manor. Digital readout said 48.6 mpg and that's doing an average of 57 mph for the whole journey with fridge switched on and air con on for part of the journey too. I was doing 75 to 80 mph on the motorway. So even if the readout is inaccurate by 2 mpg I'm happy with that.
Tried out the cruise control. Do I not like that. I didn't feel in control of the car and it makes me feel nervy. I just don't trust the bloody thing even though it works perfectly well.
|06-11-2012 09:11 PM|
Originally Posted by Big Budgie View Post
|06-11-2012 09:00 AM|
As I've said before. The privacy glass is OK this time of year when there's plenty of natural light, or maybe even if you have decent street lighting when it's dark. I have no beef with it just now, but come the winter, with full daylight up here from only about 9.30 til 3, and no street lights where we are, it's a nightmare!
I can say that the Ford rubber mats are good. The supplying dealer fitted mine FOC as part of the deal almost a year and 8K miles ago, and apart from the normal scuffing round the clutch area, they're still the same as they were. The drivers one has some kind of catch to secure it at the seat end, and it's never moved at all, unlike some that end up, scrunched up under the pedals!
My trip computer is relatively accurate if I reset it every time I fill up, otherwise, and particularly if you are in the habit of putting in a couple of gallons here, and another couple there, it just gets confused and tells porkies. Mine is generally a couple of MPG low, and will settle out to about 45 over a tankfull. If I work out the figures as Anthony suggests, I find it's actually 47 or so. I have seen it read 54 after filling up, resetting it, and having a gentle 55/60 mph run home from town (23 miles). But it will generally go back to 45ish during the tankfull. If you can figure out the degree of error it has, it can be a good indication.
|06-11-2012 07:18 AM|
|athonycmax||Hi zarch, yes all the parcel shelfs are like this very flimsy in fact tissue paper is probably stronger, they are quite rare to pick up secondhand, don't pay to much attention to the fuel computer on the car if you've read other posts on the forum its not very accurate a brim to brim calculation is the generally regarded more accurate way of working out mpg.|
|06-11-2012 06:53 AM|
Picked up the new motor on Friday, very impressed with how it looks.
Initial thoughts over the weekend:
Privacy Glass: Nowhere near as dark/bad as warned. Been happy with it with 2 kids in the bad all weekend (in what little sunshine we've had).
Rear Parcel Shelf: A flimsy effort that the previous owner has tried to sturdy with pieces of wood! Are they all this bad?
Stereo: Just the basic CD player type..... gotta go. DAB a must I think.
Pulling away and 1st/2nd change up: Probably just CMAX newbie, but seems to need a good poke when setting off and when changing 1st/2nd or trying to engage 2nd whilst rolling. Maybe just so used to my old VW and our Skoda. Nothing to worry about?
MPG: 520 Mile round trip Sheffield > Weston Super Mare and pottering whilst down there over the weekend. Computer said 49.9 MPG average. Just took it steady 70/75mph all the way down and back. Happy enough with that.
Mats: no mats in car, so need to source some. Ended up chucking a mat from the other car in there as they'd valeted the rubber foot mat and the pedals..... my feet were like disney on ice. Are the official Ford mats worth getting? Don't seem overly expensive from fordparts uk. C-max Mats - Parts Shop - FordPartsUK
|05-30-2012 09:31 PM|
Originally Posted by Zarch View Post
|05-28-2012 09:41 PM|
|bottletree||I will look out for a 09 1.8 in the coming weeks then around Sheffield. I'm based at Shirecliffe.|
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