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by Finston Pickle
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: sports mode
Replies: 36
Views: 7826

Re: sports mode

Jonathaneuk, the "tip in", as far as I can see, is the "mushy" throttle response when starting from a standing start - nothing is happening, so you are tempted to apply more throttle, just as the power comes in - if you do, whoops, away she goes. Best to apply some throttle, wait until something hap...
by Finston Pickle
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: sports mode
Replies: 36
Views: 7826

Re: sports mode

Thanks AdieMcc, 35 mpg in Sports Mode is pretty good considering the driving feel and pick up - I wonder if the 1.6 petrol turbo can achieve this. As it is, I think that I will stick with Sports Mode off and take the 44 mpg indicated, along with the annoying "tip in" feature. Its still very "Zoom Zo...
by Finston Pickle
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: sports mode
Replies: 36
Views: 7826

Re: sports mode

I finally got around to trying Sports Mode. Well - it felt like my old petrol turbo Mazda CX7 - ZOOM ZOOM! Actually it was this pick up, coupled with a sharp clutch, which stopped my wife from driving the CX7 - it's harder to drive smoothly. Does anyone have a feel for the effect on petrol consuptio...
by Finston Pickle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi From S Yorks
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Hi From S Yorks

I should have said lowest revs that max torque is achieved - roughly 2,00rpm - sorry for any confusion.
by Finston Pickle
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi From S Yorks
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Hi From S Yorks

The trick seems to be - keep the engine in the max torque range (check the handbook) - they seem to sip fuel there. Revving the engine makes it use as much fuel as an engine twice as large - due to the tubo boost pressure. Even 1.0 turbo boost petrol engines can get down to mid twenties mpg if not u...
by Finston Pickle
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Chat
Topic: Standing water
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Standing water

Travelling along a dual carriageway the other day, I was following a faster overtaking car - an Audi in a hurry (aren't they always) - to overtake a slower car in the inside lane. What the heck - we all suddenly hit standing water, unseen to me - but visible to the other two (why didn't they slow)? ...
by Finston Pickle
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: What other cars did you consider?
Replies: 40
Views: 2146

Re: What other cars did you consider?

Coming from a petrol turbo Mazda CX7, I looked at the CX5 but was disappointed by its looks, interior and lack of a performance model. I also looked at the Renault Kadjar - designed by the same guy who did the CX7 - liked the looks but not the interior, weedy engines and price. The number plate seem...
by Finston Pickle
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: 2 Years old
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: 2 Years old

I should have said body cloured shark's fin - as others have corrected.

I also still get a buzz when laying the power down - which I don't do often.
by Finston Pickle
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: 2 Years old
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: 2 Years old

For me, the sweet spot was the MY 17.0 - when the shark's fin arrived - I am biased though.

I got the Watts linkage, but had to fight to get underbonnet and front wings sound insulation fitted - glad I did though!
by Finston Pickle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: Grandland X
Replies: 41
Views: 2104

Re: Grandland X

The Grandland might have been a better proposition with the Astra K floorpan. suspension and engine range IMO. In fact a 1.6 petrol turbo would have been interesting - especially if it had four wheel drive, so no wheelspin. As it, it seems a little like a pretty, hollowed out shell - at least its go...

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