Well, the day has come : I picked up my car this evening and drove off the forecourt around 5pm. Home to refuel myself and say a quick 'hello' on the chatbox.
Then off to do the run-in work. I was concentrating on the phrase from the Wiki that said if you could do 100 miles of acceleration/deceleration..well, I quote...
"Warm the engine up gently, then go for a normal drive accelerating hard (but not necessarily up to very high revs) and then let the car slow down with the engine winding down. If you can do this by going for a fun 100 mile drive as your first drive, then you've really cracked it. The car will sound rough and "tight" (ie no power because the seal is poor) for the first few miles, but as the seals get better then the car will feel better."
That is pretty much what I did, unaccustomed as I am to hard acceleration.. and GOOD GRIEF !!
I went from Manchester to Southport and back having ditched my idea to drive round the M60 until I got to 100 miles or so. The traffic was far too busy to be slowing on the gears, I did not want a rear end shunt. The car had 15 miles on it at 5pm and has 130 now, pretty much the whole trip was accelerating and decelerating, the East Lancs has so many lights and roundabouts that it was not a problem, quite sparse traffic too, that helped.
There was a noticeable change in engine note, (or I got used to it ?), on the acceleration phases as time went on. The biggest difference came after a half hour stop at the Mother-in-Law's and rewarming the engine before the return trip. I kept the revs below 5000 (although 'momentum' of the needle seemed to edge it over on occasions as I changed gear
). I used 2nd gear to accelerate from about 25mph to 45mph (5000 revs) and that seemed very fast to me as a seasoned and sedate driver of an Accord ! Then I used 3rd from 45 to 65 mph (again 5000), not as sharp an acceleration as 25 to 45 but still impressive. I rather suspect the kick in the back at about 42mph in 2nd may have been the vtec kicking in, how do you know, is it just that kick ? Anyway the trip back had some very interesting phases, one small road had a bend and a wet surface as I was accelerating and possibly the VSA stopped what might have been an understeer on the Accord. The roundabouts on the East Lancs were far too much fun to accelerate around and away from. I like to be able to push a car a little for a while so I know what it can and can't do, then settle to a more sedate driving style on a day to day basis !
The mp3 disc I made worked perfectly and kept me entertained. I feel good and relaxed so that is a relief, I wondered if I might miss the sheer comfort of the Accord, but thus far, excellent. The auto wipers did a brilliant job with variable quantities of rain and there were no nasty surprises form the shocks, well, no unexplained noises at least !
After all that 'crazy' (for me, at least) driving, it claimed I had averaged 31.9 mpg which surprised me quite a bit.
OMG. Am I turning into a boy racer ??? With this car, I just might.
More considered thoughts and hopefully a proper review when I have clocked up a few more miles and got into some more normal driving (although the temptation to continue the sharp acceleration will be hard to avoid!!)
Day one and a great start, I really enjoyed the experience.