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Re: What did you do with your Panda today?

Checked fluids none required and washed and hoovered a 70 mile run out averaging 62mpg all in all another fine panda day
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Re: What did you do with your Panda today?

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Checked fluids none required and washed and hoovered a 70 mile run out averaging 62mpg all in all another fine panda day
62 mpg
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Picked my 4x4 up Friday night so today will be spent with the handbook learning how to use it and how it works.

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Yes aussiepanda was trying very hard. Usually im in the 40's mpg with my lead boots on as this loves to be revved and driven like an italian car should
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Yes aussiepanda was trying very hard. Usually im in the 40's mpg with my lead boots on as this loves to be revved and driven like an italian car should
They are spirited little beasts aren't they
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You actually find those things useful?

My experience is that they only find leaks and wash off loose dust. Maybe we have more aggressive bird poo here.

I do confess that I find washing a car a chore and have taught myself not to be embarrassed by owning a dirty grub of a vehicle.
The carwash i use, does "not" have brushes but some kind of microfiber solution.
The only thing i have to do by hand, are the inside doorsills, the rest looks like showroom clean.
I hate car washing by hand, and never polish a car in my live, or plan to.
The best my cars get is a full option carwash ones in a while. (3-5x a year)
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Those inside door sills are funny on the Panda, I've never owned a vehicle before where you have to do so much cleaning inside the doors, right up to the rubber seals.
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Drove into a hilly snowy road to a weddingparty with 5 in the car, plus cakes and food yesterday. Good fun, but several FWD cars made it aswell.

And next week I will take the boat to Kiel and drive to a small town outside Bremen. Will be there a few days, then drive from Bremen and home to Oslo, via Denmark and Sweden.

I think I will miss cruisecontrol, but I am looking forward to the drive!
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Today I finaly got around to painting my hubcaps ? Yup painting hubcaps.
From new I wasn't keen on the originals so brought a set of Orange caps, when they came they looked dull, a sort of grubby orange.
I found a man who can cut the word panda in the correct font & mirrored.
All I had to do was lift the perspex middle out (held in with double sided tape), wipe the paint off (comes straight off with acetone) apply the new panda graphics and paint them the shade of orange I wanted. Whilst these dried I painted the outer part black ready to put the centres back in, simples
New cap fitted next to an old one.



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My 2 X 5 mile stop/start trips a day, in the cold & dark with the lights & heated seats turned on and I'm only getting 39 to 41 mpg. The same journey in the summer gets me from 49 up to 59mpg
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About 68mpg on a ten mile round trip! Simply amazing
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Took one step closer to ordering my towbar. Sadly, the shipping costs are half as much again as the towbar itself. With luck, I'll have it here for the school holidays... well, the week I'm taking off to be with my daughter (hand me that spanner please luv )
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Took a bootful of bamboo cuttings to the local recycling centre yesterday in my Mk3, which seemed somehow appropriate
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Darned near ran out of fuel. Circumstances made it hard to stop. The final dot had been on for longer than was comfortable... and it dropped through those last dots faster than I was happy with, sort of a 'you're getting low' to 'you're in trouble' in rather too short time.

When I could get fuel, she took 34.5L in the 37L tank, so although she wasn't about to stop dead, she wasn't far off it (assuming it actually does take 37, and the pickup is usually off the bottom a bit anyway).

One question, does that final light go off before it actually stops? Or is that last light all you get?
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You mean that final blip on the gauge was still illuminated? You could have gone another 20 miles at least with no blips showing, I reckon! I usually ignore the low fuel warnings until I've only got one blip showing, and several times I've driven another 10-15 miles with no blips. Mind you, I know where all the fuel stations are on my usual routes, and their opening hours, so that's not as daft as it seems.

Does anyone else find the fuel gauge infuriatingly difficult to read? I'm getting used to it now, after nearly a year, but it's quite hard to tell at a glance whether you've still got one blip illuminated or not, because of the surrounding illuminated graphic, which to the uninitiated makes it look like you still have one blip to go even when you don't. Crazy, pointless, thoughtless design.

Edit - isn't the tank capacity 35 litres? If it took 34.5 litres, you were nearly running on fumes. Mine would have been showing no blips on the gauge at that point.
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Re: What did you do with your Panda today?

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You mean that final blip on the gauge was still illuminated? You could have gone another 20 miles at least with no blips showing, I reckon. I usually ignore the low fuel warnings until I've only got one blip showing, and several times I've done the last 5-10 miles with no blips. Mind you, I know where all the fuel stations are on my usual routes, and their opening hours, so that's not as daft as it seems.
Take it easy, some people around here may call you stupid for doing that!

You are right though, plenty left with no bars showing. Up to 18 I've found
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