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Is there an advised upper limit for the :typer: of combined passenger weight ?

The reason I ask is last night I was off to a show and along with me(15st 6) and my wife(7st whatever) we had our daughter who must be about 8st and her friend who really can't weigh much less than me if at all !!
Now the car felt quite low on power and I'm sure I heard a whine from the clutch on a few occasions and I think it maybe even slipped a couple of times ! Now I'm supposed to be running them all another 15 miles later and to be perfectly honest I'm bricking it for my car :(
 

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Not that ive heard about mate

You shouldnt be lacking for power anyway.

How much clutch work are you doing? lots of hills ect? because i cant see any other way of the weight causing that problem unless your using it in start stop traffic or on lots of hills if you catch my drift!
 

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I know you're not supposed to tow anything with the R, maybe having too much weight in the cabin has the same effect/causes the same problems?
 
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I know you're not supposed to tow anything with the R, maybe having too much weight in the cabin has the same effect/causes the same problems?
My thoughts exactly !

I was up and down a few hills and sitting in Edinburgh traffic but I rarely sit clutch in
 

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cant see it mate..... if anything if you had it all over one axle then that might cause handling issues but not power... though reckon your fifteen stone whstever guesstimate wa a bit optimistic... dont have your tea before you go and you will be fine.... on the upside the font of knowledge that is civinfo has answered the age old question.. now we know who ate al the pies.. or should that be fish suppers!!!!!
 
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Iv had my car full with me and 3 others, plus a boot as full as you can with camping stuff, no problems at all, little but slow but not clutch or suspension problems
 

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I can certainly feel the difference with a car full of biffa's ...... sorry, I mean mates!

The car even feels a bit more lively when its running on fumes as opposed to a full tank.

But it's never caused problems, just feels slightly (and I mean only slighty) sluggish when the car is full of blokes, full tank and boot full of stuff.
 
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I'd love to say to my mates, sorry you can't get in you're too heavy! Imagine showing them the handbook and saying I can't carry passengers over 13 stone!
 

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I feel my cw is sluggish with 2 mates in the car.
 

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Depends what you mean by "safe".

Aslong as you dont overload the springs or axles you will be "safe"... however the car may be sluggish as you have mentioned already.
 

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Depends what you mean by "safe".

Aslong as you dont overload the springs or axles you will be "safe"... however the car may be sluggish as you have mentioned already.
should have posted recommended maximum instead of "safe" ;)
 

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I'd love to say to my mates, sorry you can't get in you're too heavy! Imagine showing them the handbook and saying I can't carry passengers over 13 stone!
13 stone, the average british man (and woman :D) must weigh more than that!
 

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Relic has come good again with some helpful facts and figures.

I think its as simple as when you add weight, the car will accelerate slower. I can always tell the difference between driving it alone and with a passenger or 2 or 3 in it.

This is of course true of all cars.

I wouldn't worry if I were you unless your clutch is actually slipping and its needs replacing - easy enough to test though and confirm on a spirited run as it should be repeatable.
 

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13 stone, the average british man (and woman :D) must weigh more than that!
i read something recently that said average man is 13st and woman is 11st - not sure how they came to that conclusion though!
 
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