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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

Moto GP - Rossi VS Marquez

overshadowed what could've been a great race

incidents pushed Brits into excellent 3 / 4 /5 positions though
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Finding out my Dads next door neighbour had a floor of their house dedicated to "herbal" crops.
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For medicinal purposes only of course?
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Judging by the numbers of cars that used to come and go she had a lot of friends with Glaucoma.
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Four and a half hours to get to Milton Geofin' Keynes yesterday evening!!!



An hour and seventeen minutes to get back last night.



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DS3 is in getting 4 new wheels under warranty (corrosion) so I have a courtesy car which is a C3.

I'm very surprised never actually driven one but confirms a few suspicions I had about the DS3. Firstly with 16 inch wheels, decent sized tyres and slightly softer springing all the crashiness to the ride quality disappears. Second the interiors are literally identical except the door cards (obviously), steering wheel, and the gearknob. There are a few other DS3 details but none of it adds much, and in the case of gearknob it detracts as the heavy ball gearknob on the ds3 gives the box a top heavy imprecise feel absent in the C3. Oddly the brakes on the C3 are far smoother than the on/off switch on the DS3.

Finally there is the elephant in the room the engines, I've always felt the diesel engine in the DS3 adds something in the same way as dog turd adds something to a cream carpet. A drive in the C3 confirms that with a nice free revving 1.2 petrol in it it's a significantly better experience. 1st it's got a consistent power delivery, not lag followed by boost followed by nothing. 2nd it makes less noise/vibration and the noise it does make is more pleasant. 3rd economy is slightly better in the petrol so far 4th the petrol engine is far more flexible meaning you don't have to constantly change gear. I don't like Citroen gearboxes so this is a good thing (although the C3 is better). Yes I know everyone says diesels are flexible but modern eco diesels are not, the DS3 is never in the right gear it's either revving it's balls off or in the lag infested doldrums but such are the compromises made to get sub 100g/km.

So well I think the better car is the cheaper car personally.
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Interesting - I think modern diesels are starting to get strangled a bit now. My mom had an Audi A3 1.6tdi - that was not nice. Very noisy and tattily engine and didn't like 4th gear at 30mph.

The 1.3cdti 93 Corsa is the most rattily of modern diesels I have driven but it does actually perform quite well not to laggy and free revving.

The HDI 1.6 92bhp in the Peugeot is smooth and not laggy but it's one of the worst cars I've ever driven.

I'm thinking when the time comes, I won't get another diesel again, getting to complex and expensive now. I do very much like the 2.0tdci/HDI in my Focus though.
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The HDI 1.6 92bhp in the Peugeot is smooth and not laggy but it's one of the worst cars I've ever driven.
We have the 90bhp 1.6 e-hdi "micro hybrid". My main gripe with it is the gearing it would be fine if it had a wide power band but it doesn't. I'm used to just being able to leave my car in top gear even down as far 25mph. So if your in a 50 zone, everyone slows down then speeds up again you don't have to shift. Obviously you wouldn't accelerate onto the motorway like that but it produces enough urge to keep up with traffic streams on a clogged A/B road. The ds3 gearing forces you to either roll along knowing you've stalled the compressor at 1600rpm and will have to count to 2 before any power is forthcoming from pressing the throttle or roll along at about 2100rpm to get the power but then you have a constant diesel sound track and at 2400 it goes full transit van.

Basically at 30 it's between gears, and 40, and 50. Making driving it and exercise in either constant gear changing or hanging on to the same gear for no reason other than the next one is slightly too tall and you'll drop off boost.

The e-hdi stop start system is truly first rate though do wish my car had that.
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The 1.3cdti 93 Corsa is the most rattily of modern diesels I have driven but it does actually perform quite well not to laggy and free revving.
I assume you're aware that is the Fiat 1.3 diesel in the Corsa. I'm not a lover of diesel cars, but that 1.3 is quite good.

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...Basically at 30 it's between gears, and 40, and 50. Making driving it and exercise in either constant gear changing or hanging on to the same gear for no reason other than the next one is slightly too tall and you'll drop off boost.
This is typical Peugeot. Many manufacturers gear the cars for the European speed limits, making keeping to ours often difficult. Peugeot seem to be the worst at it though. The Fiesta 1.0 100hp will take 3rd at 30, but complain at 28, and 4th at 40, but not as low as 38, then 5th is ok at 50, but drops off the power at 48. Being in the lower gear means the expected economy suffers. No better than the normal 1.4 before it.

This is not new. In the 80s, we had the VW Polo and Golf "Formel E" models with a high 4th gear (4 speed) and a high final drive. The same box was used in the 1.3 Maestro. In hilly areas it always needed a lower gear than expected, so economy was lost. The standard car was better. The motor industry have short memories, so keep repeating mistakes.
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Followed a Fiat 500 "Turismo" edition. Yup.
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Followed a Fiat 500 "Turismo" edition. Yup.
What's wrong with that?
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Discovering I'd school boy errored at work....at least someone else didn't have to
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What's wrong with that?
There's no such thing for the 500 as far as I'm aware.

At least this was definitely a 1.4 Fiat 500 Pop with a badge off an Abarth 595 Turismo stuck on.
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There's no such thing for the 500 as far as I'm aware.

At least this was definitely a 1.4 Fiat 500 Pop with a badge off an Abarth 595 Turismo stuck on.
Fair enough, lol!
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The state of my car, haven't washed it for two months now and its hanging.
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