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Video Game or Reality?

In Europe, Hyundai on April 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm


Oh I do love a nice deserted autobahn.

Actually we were running about half a mile behind a new shape Mondeo estate, with 3 otherwise empty lanes to exploit.

Yesterday my pace was far more sedate, on roads I’ve driven umpteen times in daylight.

Except this time it was dark and it felt like I was sitting at a Playstation.

I didn’t wear out my tyres, bounce off walls, or indulge in a race.

It just felt weird to be alone on a wiggly highway with nothing but a steering wheel and the loud pedal to modulate.

And today I switched off winter tyres to summer boots, two of which set me back nigh on £300.

This 3.3 is a thirsty beast, but it rides speed humps with disdain and still ticks most boxes.  Mind you there is a nice 17,000 mile BMW 130i at Ocean which I may need to check out!


First “new” car for 2012

In Toyota on April 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Here’s our latest car.

In fact this is going to be on the family fleet for only a short time, as it was loan which became a “gift” for technical reasons.

The long and the short of it is this.

Our youngest now has something to get him about.

So far I’ve only covered about one yard in it whilst juggling cars on the drive, but a free car is a free car (even Road Tax was included).

It is quite surprising how far the humble hatchback has come in 17 years, but I have fond memories of my last Carina E which was 2.0 litre Executive  4 door Auto.

These machines were built to last, with light controls and economy that shamed Ford’s equivalents back in the naughty nineties.

Even this version which has well north of 100,000 miles on the clock is still fully fit.  Everything works, and will be fascinating to see what sort of MPG it returns, my last one did 36mpg, I’m sure we can get 40 out of this one.

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