Tell us your driving secret - it's safe with us

Tell us your driving secret - it's safe with us

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biggbn

16,146 posts

203 months

Monday 26th September
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GibsonSG said:
biggbn said:
GibsonSG said:
I had a Megane 275 Cup S and due to various reasons (unreliability, having two hillclimb cars, needing to transport ageing parents) I sold it and bought a Juke Nismo RS. I much prefer it as a daily, so much so that I've done 75k in it and don't especially want to move it on yet. There, I've said it
I really like these. What's the mpg like used daily?
It's averaged 38 mpg consistently. I do a lot of motorway work so that might help those numbers. Small fuel tank so you are filling up a lot. Also, it's been incredibly reliable, just needed a free software download by the dealer to the radio to stop it cutting out periodically. It's comfy and a bit quirky. Reminds me a bit of my old Subarus
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Cackling_into_the_distance

90 posts

72 months

Monday 26th September
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I only use my air con / blower to clear the windows and never for personal comfort. Unless the front window starts to fog when I'm driving and it's too cold to put a window down, the only other time I'll use it is when I've first got into the car and the windows are iced over. I read one time that it reduces the cars horsepower by ~ 3 / 4 bhp.

...I also never go above 3k rpm.

Edited by Cackling_into_the_distance on Monday 26th September 06:53

LunarOne

3,261 posts

120 months

Monday 26th September
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Cackling_into_the_distance said:
I only use my air con / blower to clear the windows and never for personal comfort. Unless the front window starts to fog when I'm driving and it's too cold to put a window down, the only other time I'll use it is when I've first got into the car and the windows are iced over. I read one time that it reduces the cars horsepower by ~ 3 / 4 bhp.

...I also never go above 3k rpm.
Less of a secret and much more a troll because the whole thing is just a nonsense. If I didn’t think you were a wind-up merchant I’d be getting pretty annoyed.

Most people know that if you don’t use your a/c, the seals in the system dry out and then the refrigerant leaks out. Which will mean you can then never use it. All so as not to “waste” a couple of horsepower.

And not ever going over 3k rpm? Drive the way you like, but you’re “wasting” far more horsepower by not letting your engine generate them.

DickyC

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44,436 posts

181 months

Monday 26th September
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underwhelmist said:
smallpaul said:
I've never changed a cambelt deliberately.
How do you change a cambelt accidentally? smile
Trying to explain away a pair of tights found in the glove box. A costly business.

biggbn

16,146 posts

203 months

Monday 26th September
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LunarOne said:
Cackling_into_the_distance said:
I only use my air con / blower to clear the windows and never for personal comfort. Unless the front window starts to fog when I'm driving and it's too cold to put a window down, the only other time I'll use it is when I've first got into the car and the windows are iced over. I read one time that it reduces the cars horsepower by ~ 3 / 4 bhp.

...I also never go above 3k rpm.
Less of a secret and much more a troll because the whole thing is just a nonsense. If I didn’t think you were a wind-up merchant I’d be getting pretty annoyed.

Most people know that if you don’t use your a/c, the seals in the system dry out and then the refrigerant leaks out. Which will mean you can then never use it. All so as not to “waste” a couple of horsepower.

And not ever going over 3k rpm? Drive the way you like, but you’re “wasting” far more horsepower by not letting your engine generate them.
I doubt I'm ever over 3k revs either. Odd overtake perhaps but there is no need given the limits, gearing and nature of my wee diesel's engine

Sporky

3,577 posts

47 months

Monday 26th September
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I don't think engines sound nice when at high revs.

gravitygravy

93 posts

19 months

Monday 26th September
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markymarkthree said:
Good luck mixing it with all towing vehicles including Class ones on the motorway. rolleyes
Never an issue, they don't catch me and the only time I catch them is on inclines.

Truckosaurus

9,570 posts

267 months

Monday 26th September
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GibsonSG said:
I had a Megane 275 Cup S ...and bought a Juke Nismo RS. I much prefer it as a daily...
I sold a V10 M5 estate and leased a Nismo RS Juke as it was cheap, and it was more amusing that it should have been. It also was the only car I've ever had that people have complement, including several random people at petrol stations.

I am mildly tempted to buy a used one and do some suspension and exhausts mods which would make it even more fun.

(I have never understood why they didn't ever put that drivetrain into a Clio)

Thorburn

2,386 posts

176 months

Monday 26th September
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I dislike SUVs intensely, but I did get given a Subaru Forester to run as a daily alongside my Elise 10+ years ago and quite liked it.

Did drive it through fields and the likes semi-regularly, shame it committed the twin-sins of being uneconomical AND slow.

Edited by Thorburn on Monday 26th September 10:26

HuggyBearFezzy

57 posts

165 months

Monday 26th September
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I've just turned 40 and new cars just don't excite me. I'll search out reviews of attainable early 2000's cars on YouTube than watch a video of the latest hybrid Ferrari or watch a Tesla beat a Porsche on a runway.

In turn from a driving point of view I'm content with the cars I have which date between 2001 and 2010 and believe they are perfect combo for my needs. They are also aesthetically pleasing, have a decent amount of power and aren't massive compared to their current models. The cars are an e39 5 series, R53 mini and L322 Range Rover. For me these are peak cars.

TomHowrad

129 posts

150 months

Monday 26th September
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Truckosaurus said:
I sold a V10 M5 estate and leased a Nismo RS Juke as it was cheap, and it was more amusing that it should have been. It also was the only car I've ever had that people have complement, including several random people at petrol stations.

I am mildly tempted to buy a used one and do some suspension and exhausts mods which would make it even more fun.

(I have never understood why they didn't ever put that drivetrain into a Clio)
They did, the Clio Trophy 220 used that engine.

Truckosaurus

9,570 posts

267 months

Monday 26th September
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TomHowrad said:
They did, the Clio Trophy 220 used that engine.
Yes, but the Juke had a manual box and LSD.

Captain Smerc

2,728 posts

99 months

Monday 26th September
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VOLVO XC40 P8 EV is sooo much fun! had one for a 6 month lease period & didn't want to give it back, ever. It launches like a mad bd...

paulrockliffe

14,482 posts

210 months

Monday 26th September
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8bit said:
I merge-in-turn correctly and I feel good about it.

And...

I really don't mind electric parking brakes.
Yes, everyone should merge in turn correctly and feel good about it.

Electric handbrakes though, you speak like someone that's never had one fail locked on and need to be lifted onto the back of a transporter to get it fixed. £200 before the garage has even opened. Or just use a cable, I don't know.

From memory that one didn't even put the handbrake on automatically to stop you rolling back on hill starts. FFS.

biggbn

16,146 posts

203 months

Monday 26th September
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Truckosaurus said:
TomHowrad said:
They did, the Clio Trophy 220 used that engine.
Yes, but the Juke had a manual box and LSD.
I thought the Nismos were cvt?

monthefish

20,359 posts

214 months

Monday 26th September
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How a car looks is extremely important to me.

AC43

10,564 posts

191 months

Monday 26th September
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I like the Girly Button in my wife's Fiat 500.

Truckosaurus

9,570 posts

267 months

Monday 26th September
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biggbn said:
I thought the Nismos were cvt?
I believe that was only the 4wd (non-RS) ones.

Zarco

15,955 posts

192 months

Monday 26th September
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monthefish said:
How a car looks is extremely important to me.
Have you considered a Nissan Juke? biggrin

biggbn

16,146 posts

203 months

Monday 26th September
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Truckosaurus said:
biggbn said:
I thought the Nismos were cvt?
I believe that was only the 4wd (non-RS) ones.
Ah, thanks, I thought they were all 4wd, every day is a school day!!