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BeirutTaxi

5,745 posts

101 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
I wonder why these cars weren’t marketed in the UK? scratchchin

HD Adam

2,586 posts

71 months

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All too predictable responses and IMO, Garlick only chose this as SOTW to wind 300bhp up nonobiggrin

Having said that, I'd reckon that 99% of you "Haterz" have probably never seen one in the flesh, let alone sat in one or driven it.
I used to have an older S-10 model which although far from perfect, never broke or let me down, nothing fell off and returned 25mpg as it was the 2.8 model.
No, not fast or handled particularly well much like any other SUV whether Yank or Jap but it did the job and when we had a bad couple of winters, it never got stuck.

If you wanted a cheap winter hack, you could do worse. Honestly.


DonkeyApple

17,422 posts

56 months

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BeirutTaxi said:
I wonder why these cars weren’t marketed in the UK? scratchchin
Excessive and uncontrollable levels of awesomeness.

LuS1fer

31,784 posts

132 months

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ScoobieWRX said:
Would you say this was some honest reviewing carried out in the USA. these people should know shouldn't they?

Note the avg MPG of the 1995-2005 Gen long term test result!!

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1995-to...
That is US mpg though which equates to 18.25mpg.

I think two things need to be borne in mind in such tests:

(1) Journalists are not renowned for mechanical sympathy and generally roundly abuse test cars to "test them" including loading them to the gunnels and taking them up the mountains.
(2) With petrol in the US being a fraction of what it costs here, the temptation to floor it all the time is not tempered by the horror of the cost, as it would here.

The Americans are pretty good at eeking fuel out of large capacity engines. They have strict emission laws and as has been noted, high geared cars so I imagine the higher consumption gets balanced to some degree by lower consumption when cruising. Both 5th and 6th on my Corvette C5 Z06 were overdrive ratios.

In other words, 18.25 would still be a good result as it is probably towards the very lowest results likely to be achiebved.

ScoobieWRX

4,863 posts

113 months

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LuS1fer said:
ScoobieWRX said:
I think my Surf is a much better looking vehicle than this Blazer, but then i would however, my shonky old diesel is about as PH as a runny turd, but it's not a bad comparison for this Blazer, similar in many ways, although i think it has to be said this blazer is about as PH as 3 runny turds thumbup
In rating it 2/10, I largely agree but in the winter when the snow is here and I'm uselessly spinning in a local lane and one of these plods by like the Pony Express, I'll be the first to acknoweledge it's one redeeming feature - same with any 4x4 though. wink
Perhaps you should buy yourself a used 4x4. Better than spinning yes
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LuS1fer

31,784 posts

132 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
ScoobieWRX said:
Perhaps you should buy yourself a used 4x4. Better than spinning yes
No parking room or I possibly would have. I had a Suzuki Jimny on the list for a short time but I'd rather walk..... at least until I have to actually get out and walk.....but.....

What I found with the whole "4x4 dream" is when the snow-covered roads are jammed with stranded 2WD cars at jaunty angles, you can't go anywhere, anyway, and if you brave the "gaps", some chump WILL take you out and you'll have to walk. rofl

marshall100

757 posts

88 months

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LuS1fer said:
No parking room or I possibly would have. I had a Suzuki Jimny on the list for a short time but I'd rather walk..... at least until I have to actually get out and walk.....but.....

What I found with the whole "4x4 dream" is when the snow-covered roads are jammed with stranded 2WD cars at jaunty angles, you can't go anywhere, anyway, and if you brave the "gaps", some chump WILL take you out and you'll have to walk. rofl
How I laughed at these types trudging through the snow as my forester turbo wafted effortlessly by.....

300bhp/ton

29,629 posts

77 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
ScoobieWRX said:
Would you say this was some honest reviewing carried out in the USA. these people should know shouldn't they?

Note the avg MPG of the 1995-2005 Gen long term test result!!

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1995-to...
Do you mean the 15.2 US gallons for all types of use mpg? So just under 20mpg Imperial gallons. So "on a run" as you like to say 22+ would seem highly likely.

trunks82

195 posts

85 months

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Someone who i work with has one.in doom blue too! I constantly rib him about how rubbish it is.

Trusty Steed

229 posts

81 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
To quote a Mr Paul Calf from Manchester "Bag o' ste"

Nors

740 posts

42 months

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Caractacus said:
Well, off you go then, what's stopping you? Post it up on youtube when you're done.

I am in the minority, it would seem, as I quite like it (considering it could be had for perhaps £700?). I don't do many miles, so MPG isn't an issue and I often need loads of space.
Well off you go then, what's stopping you? Do us a favour, don't post it up on youtube when you've bought it! yuck
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ScoobieWRX

4,863 posts

113 months

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300bhp/ton said:
Do you mean the 15.2 US gallons for all types of use mpg? So just under 20mpg Imperial gallons. So "on a run" as you like to say 22+ would seem highly likely.
18.25mpg (Imperial) is a fraction over 18mpg and very nearly 2mpg under 20mpg so not just under, it is well under!!

As for the term "on a run", yes, it's in english!!

As for 22mpg on a run, you must have some very rosy coloured spectacles on today to make such wild and wonderful assumptions.

jondutyfree

12 posts

50 months

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I worked out that I got 20.2 mpg out of my last tank without trying too hard, about 240 miles from about 55l if I remember correctly, that's a mixed bag of conditions, probably about half on dual carriageway, the rest on A roads or in traffic, mind you I only managed 17mpg on the first fill up after I bought it.

wedgeinald

1,235 posts

77 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
SHED of the week......

well I can think of an alternative for the first word that has four letters and begins with the same letter......Can you?

As has been said in the rest of the thread its wrong on too many levels...

(LOL!)

NiceCupOfTea

23,021 posts

138 months

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I gave it 1/10.

On reflection, I would like to raise that to 4/10 because I think it would be fun to tool around in when it snows, and it would terrify all the X6s out of the way hehe

grosserbaby

136 posts

55 months

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Forgot to look at SOTW till now, must have been fate, not a good week and I don't mind the Tanks of the Yanks.

em177

1,730 posts

51 months

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As soon as I saw the title I knew it would be 10 pages of avoiding ste posted by 300. If you go back through most SOTW's the threads almost always become a sort of buying guide for each model. With ex/current owners popping up discussing the cars and what to look out for etc. Not an 'ooh look someone's posted a negative comment about a US car' ... cue page upon page of crap.

E38Ross

15,396 posts

99 months

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300bhp/ton said:
ScoobieWRX said:
Would you say this was some honest reviewing carried out in the USA. these people should know shouldn't they?

Note the avg MPG of the 1995-2005 Gen long term test result!!

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1995-to...
Do you mean the 15.2 US gallons for all types of use mpg? So just under 20mpg Imperial gallons. So "on a run" as you like to say 22+ would seem highly likely.
Wow, 22mpg from a 195bhp engine in a car built in 1999. Astonishing.

300bhp/ton

29,629 posts

77 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
ScoobieWRX said:
18.25mpg (Imperial) is a fraction over 18mpg and very nearly 2mpg under 20mpg so not just under, it is well under!!

As for the term "on a run", yes, it's in english!!

As for 22mpg on a run, you must have some very rosy coloured spectacles on today to make such wild and wonderful assumptions.
So puttings aside the fact you seem happy to ignore several other posters who actually own this engine and claim to achieve said mpg.

What exacty does your Surf manage in town or when not on a run? And how many HP is it lacking by comparison and how many seconds more does it need to reach 60mph?

For the record I like Surfs, my cousin has one. But to coin an American phrase you do seem to be comparing apples to oranges.

em177

1,730 posts

51 months

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300bhp/ton said:
my cousin has one.
Not a true Blazer owner if you haven't slept with them though.

Sorry that's my one terrible stereotype for the thread done. I shall move on ......

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