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So as I'm sure you all know by now I collected Dave today, I won't repeat the stuff I've put in the Adventures of Dave topic, just give my first impressions during the 100 mile drive home.

The first thing I will say is the next 800 miles are going to be HELL !!!!!! Why ??? Because the optimum power band for the diesel is 2500-3200rpm and I can't go above 2000, pulling away I can feel the turbo wants to launch me but I have to back off and change up before it can play a beautiful tune.

Driving position....

I changed the height of the seat 3 times during the drive home until I found my best position.

Controls...

All nicely to hand, although I kept reaching for the door to open and close the window (where my old car switch was).

Nice dials, easy to read, very good computer and warning lights for cruise etc.

The drive....

Going to take a bit of getting used to the body roll and at one point found a long sweeping roundabout I know well, quite scary when the car felt like was hugely understeering but it wasn't.

Little bit of cross wind action on the M40, but nothing I wasn't expecting.

Gadgets...

Bluetooth was a doodle (though I need to put my contacts on my phone not sim or is it the other way around?) the USB player worked well although I will have to sort out the filling on my pc. Satnav was a dream, I particularly like the 'locate on map' facility.

All in all a bloody lovely little car. absolutely chuffed to bits with it.

Now it can't all be rosy and I accept this is a budget car but a couple of little niggles;

1) I found the chrome surround on the side vents reflecting quite apparently in the mirrors.

2) I miss having a temperature gauge, and I know how dangerous it is to cook a french engine.

3) The centre console has a bit of plastic down by the clutch pedal and I kept catching my left foot on it, methinks some velcro against the carpet should cure it.
 

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Yea, a temperature gauge is something i miss aswell but i guess the engineers have 100% confident in their engine/cooling system and think its unneccesary to have one.
 

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Yea, a temperature gauge is something i miss aswell but i guess the engineers have 100% confident in their engine/cooling system and think its unneccesary to have one.
Not too bothered about the lack of temperature gauge. The only thing I don't like about the dash is the electronic fuel gauge with the blocks showing how much you have - there aren't quite enough blocks for my liking, it seems a bit coarse and inaccurate. I'd have preferred a proper analogue gauge myself. Small niggle though.
 

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Not too bothered about the lack of temperature gauge. The only thing I don't like about the dash is the electronic fuel gauge with the blocks showing how much you have - there aren't quite enough blocks for my liking, it seems a bit coarse and inaccurate. I'd have preferred a proper analogue gauge myself. Small niggle though.
Me thinks Digital gauges are a tad more accurate than analogue ones,my old Escort fuel gauge 'needle' used to move up and down just from going up or down large hills! Now that provided uncertainty!!!
 

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Thats not the gauges but the sender. Or to be more accurate all the fuel flowing to one side of the tank lifting the float on the sender and giving the impression there is more in the tank.

Same is probably happening in the Steppy but as the digital gauge can only display in 10ths then its less noticeable than a needle with free range

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Thats not the gauges but the sender. Or to be more accurate all the fuel flowing to one side of the tank lifting the float on the sender and giving the impression there is more in the tank.
Same is probably happening in the Steppy but as the digital gauge can only display in 10ths then its less noticeable than a needle with free range
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It may have been the 'sender',but my point was,that the analogue display ultimately moved about too much,compared to a digital display,giving the impression of inaccurate information..........
 

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Yes but my point is that the digit display can only show in 10th so in fact its inaccuracies hides this.

The analogue gauge is more accurate. The fuel level goes up (by artificial means eg on a hill) and the gauge shows this.

Put it this way, as the digit gauge can only show in 10th and you had 1/20th of a tank of fuel then it'll display twice as much as you actually do (as well as being screwed and running out of fuel).

Analogue gauges can be read inaccurately but a digital gauge it absolute but if the digital gauges increments are too far then its no better.

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