Join Date: 20th February 2008
Location: Derby, England
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Due to the help Iíve already received prior to my test drive last Saturday (16/02/2008 at Lookers here in Derby (no, not the Liverpool one) I thought Iíd pay my dues by registering.
Iíve been a Pug man since my conversion to diesel, starting with a 106 in í97 (the off-set driving position nearly deformed me for life) then on to 2 206ís, the last of which (an HDi GTi 110) runs out of warranty in May (2008). Progress at Peugeot equates to going down from 2 litres to 1.6 between 206 numbers 1 & 2 and now doing away with the 206 in favour of the bigger 207 with the same power plant. The resulting worsening in performance, including a drop in the 0-62 time of 9.8 to 11.1, means Iím in the market for a transfer.
The transfer market is a bit restricted if you only want 2 doors (which I do). The new ďBaby BeemerĒ promised a lot before its release, but after! Itís fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down, taking all the bad styling from the other seriesí and asking an over-inflated price for it. Most of the other warm hatches are either 5 doored or way over priced when youíve speced it up.
So, itís down to a ďtake what weíve gotĒ Golf TDi Sport 140 from Motor Point, or a brand new, pre-depreciation Type S, from Lookers (nee Chatsworth).
The test drive Ė
The first thing I noticed, was that there is no obvious way of telling one Type S from another (petrol/diesel).
Armed with the knowledge I had gleaned from this site I set about trying to pick faults with the Civic diesel.
1) Unrefined engine. Just as I had been warned, the soundtrack isnít quite as good as other new generation diesel engines (the Pug included) but with a little judicious radio tuning Iím sure Iíll get rid of that (at least from inside).
2) Rear visibility. The total isnít any worse than the 206 but if ďplod watchĒ is a factor in your life, then the split/spoiler might catch you out if your concentration is broken (and with the performance of the Type S it might cause it to be).
3) No rear wiper. Iím well known to be a perfectionist so this could raise my blood pressure a few p.s.i. but if I do take the plunge, I'll just have to wash/wipe by hand.
4) No aux connection. I think Honda have dropped the ball here, but with the CD player being mp3/wma compatible the cost of a few CD-Rs will outweigh the fitting of a third party connector.
Other than that, it was a very pleasurable experience. The only extra I can see as worth-while is a set of carpet mats! Mud-flaps would be wasted with the existing trim being there, you can guarantee that the knock strips wouldnít be in the right place (as demonstrated by my first door opening ding later on Saturday from another 206). From 30-odd years of motoring experience I can state that front fog lamps are a waste of money (apart from upsetting everyone else by having them switched on in anything less than a pea-souper). So, apart from a black paint job, itís job done (pity there isnít a set of 17Ē dark alloys like the Blades to go with the black finish, are the Pentas any good?).