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How long can you drive non-stop

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I have a 53 model punto, car runs fine for short distances and I haven't driven more than 30 miles on a day. I need to travel for about 320 miles tomorrow (160 each way) and I am unsure on whether I should take this car? Also, does any one know how long can a punto be driven non-stop?
what should I check apart from air, water, oil before setting off?
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Punto mk1 1.1, I can easily do 450 miles on one tank if I keep it sub-65 MPH. You should check coolant level, oil level, tyre depth, tyre pressure (adjusting appropriately if you are carrying more weight) and top up the screen wash.
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Re: How long can you drive non-stop

Yes it should be fine
As mikey said above, make sure you check the essentials and carry some extra water as then if you run out of screenwash - you've got water atleast to keep you going, and water for the radiator should it drink any (not that it should as that usually indicates a problem)

One thing you should do also is check the tyres condition, So look for scuffing (Tyre alignements out) and for any debree and Nails, As you dont want a blow out on your journey due to a nail that you missed

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Re: How long can you drive non-stop

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Dears,
I have a 53 model punto, car runs fine for short distances and I haven't driven more than 30 miles on a day. I need to travel for about 320 miles tomorrow (160 each way) and I am unsure on whether I should take this car? Also, does any one know how long can a punto be driven non-stop?
what should I check apart from air, water, oil before setting off?
I took my 2000 Punto on a 350 mile trip a few weeks back, just after having new water pump and timing belt fitted lol. The biggest problem I encountered was CD's skipping 'cos they were scratched lol (oh and sat-crap, err...nav playing up lol - should only have been a 250 mile drive lol)
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Re: How long can you drive non-stop

I did Liverpool - Reading just before Newyear, that was about 400miles there and back, car did it fine although.. when I stopped at the services my car refused to start lol.. so i left it a minute and tried again and it worked .. weird.
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i drove my mk2 sporting from sheffield to bridgend in south wales on the way home from buying it haha nothing went wrong as far as i can remember i went in a corsa haha that made it there and back
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Re: How long can you drive non-stop

This thread just brought back memories of the good old days in my 1998 punto, I use to do a 300 mile round trip every weekend for around two years whilst I was at uni, didn't have any problems whatsoever. Eventually traded the punto in with just under 100,000 miles on.

I've now got a Stilo JTD and sometimes do 600 mile round trips over a weekend which is much more comfortable especially with the cruise control!
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160 miles each way, that should be within the reach of any car that is legally on the road in the UK.

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Thats 2 hours of driving for me
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So you average 160mph?
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No one way lol
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No one way lol
Yeah, Reading, just outside Koln.

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I think I've done about 370miles on a full tank before, mostly motorway driving, took about 7 hours continuous driving, not being conservative with the throttle -- you can't be in a 1.2 8v else you get nothing.
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Re: How long can you drive non-stop

on a serious note, the cars prefer a good long drive to "blow out the cobwebs"

i mormally do 500 miles in a weekend driving up to scotland, then driving back and the car has no problems
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