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400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:53 pm
Off to visit my brother this weekend ... he lives in North Lincolnshire, which Googlemaps is saying is 197 miles (4 hours) each way !!!

It's at times like this I am glad I haven't bought the 911, as it would mean taking the Zafira, and in reality, the BMW is better at these sort of trips than the 911 anyway ....

Half of me is looking forward to it - half of me is thinking it sounds like a freaking long way for a weekend.

If you're on the M1 and A1 this weekend ... keep your eyes pealed for me ...

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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:14 am
It is freaking long way for the weekend. I bet you change your mind ('cos I do stuff like that). If you book a plane ticket you go, as you come closer to massive road trip, you text, sorry cannot make it. Sleep the whole weekend to get the depression off (and because of sleep deprivation)...

Well you might not be as sick as me!

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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:44 am
On the upside North Lincolnshire is lovely.
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:06 am
Don't be a wimp LK I do Lincoln in a day most months
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:39 am
Paul123 wrote:Don't be a wimp LK I do Lincoln in a day most months

Very Happy

I'll probably have a great time ... the poor old BMW though - a months motoring in 2 days Smile

It might take it over 13,000 miles too #Spaceshipmiles #Timetogetrid Very Happy
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:29 pm
It will do it good. Cars like to be used!

I do loads of town driving during the week, and quite a few short trips. The first time I get to give it some welly after pootling around for a while I notice a fair bit of sooty smoke out of the back. I think these modern turbocharged direct injection engines clog up a bit with low use, and can feel fresher after a long run or 'Italian tune up'!
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:11 pm
Good point.

For a petrol car, the exhaust tip doesn't half get very sooty
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:57 pm


Near 400 miles down .....

Brilliantly Jekyl and Hyde, planted and refined on the motorway, agile and nimble on the twisters ...

Size wise it was perfect - tent in the boot, and loads of space, but small enough to be fun.

For me, it did highlight that whilst no car is perfect, it's not bad for a £15k motor.

So, negatives - power is the big one - on the motorway it's really not lacking - given its low down grunt, it'll keep a lot of cars honest - it's in and around the twisties that a bit more wouldn't go a miss.

The choppy ride - again, on motorway it's very good, but on some of the rougher roads, the ride gets quite busy.

So, overall, as a package, with a bit more power, like an M135i, it would be a formidable package (much like myself -lol) .... however, the busy ride, and fact I've already had one, mean I couldn't see that being my answer.

So - out of interest - who would buy the same car more than once ??
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:44 pm
Oh, on the way back, my mum was following us in her 2.0Tdi A3 convertible ... now, it would have been childish for me to say that I might have put my foot down a few times to see what gap I could pull out on it ... but just to say, that's not too shabby either - lol.
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:34 pm
It will be interesting to see what you think of the XFR going to Spa next year.

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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:53 pm
LK, you asked who would buy the same car more than once.....the answer is me...

My 24th car was a 2002 02 Megane 1.4 Expression.

My 26th car is a 2002 52 Megane 1.4 Fidji.

I've also previously owned (approx 7-8 years ago) a 2000 W Megane 1.9dti Authentique.

So, 3 Meganes of the same era....
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Re: 400 mile weekend coming up ...

on Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:55 am
Is that an announcement??!!
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