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My New Car (belated thread)

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Paul Spiteri, 27 Jan 2006.

  1. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

    Ok so I actually got my new car in late November but I kept forgetting to actually take photos and tell my OCUK Pals, so here it is :)

    I've gone from my trusty rover - owned for 4 years (sold for £1000 within 24 hrs!), to a CTR. Living my dream!

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    Got the car, took it out on some country roads. Came back:
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    Black cars eh. Worth it.


    To be honest I'm glad I didnt post immediately as I couldn't give as good an impression as I can now after over 1500 miles.
    Basically, I love it.
    The tyres it came with were very worn on the front so I've put a full set of goodyear eagle f1s on. That helped the grip immensely though the most amazing thing i've noticed is it's quite blatent when the road surface is cold...there's a sizable drop in traction.
    Obviously i'm comparing a 75hp rover to a 200hp honda so i've had to learn 100% throttle isn't always the way forward :) Infact on the old tyres it was usually somewhere on the other side of the road - crazy torque steer.

    Regardless, i'm now very much so on the way to mastering this car and loving every minute. I got back into my rover after a few days of CTR driving and it felt like a clunky tractor - especially the gearbox.

    The rover was my first car and I will always respect it because for the price it was untouchable in my opinion. The CTR is better in every measurable way but the rover will always be COOL.
    Saying that, the steering was probably better in the rover, the CTR feels a bit lifeless through the wheel. Good job the engine note is so amazing past 5800rpm, especially with the induction kit :D
     
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  2. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

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  3. D4VE

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 8,899

    Location: Hampshire, UK

    Nice 2nd car!!

    I've heard the critisism over the steering before.
    Good upgrade.
    seats are very nice :cool:
     
  4. Siliconslave

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Dec 2002

    Posts: 9,955

    Location: The Flatlands

    i really need to take one out some time, mainly so i can try that gear stick out, and the vtec woosh i guess :)

    nice thou mate, good upgrade!
     
  5. TerryWogan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,813

    Location: UK

    What's the stick like being up there?

    Easier, more difficult, no different?
     
  6. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

    quite honestly I didnt notice much difference with the stick being where it is until I got back in the rover and its stick felt like it was somewhere down on the road!
    Nice position, sure. Excellent actual gearbox too.
     
  7. D4VE

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 8,899

    Location: Hampshire, UK

    What about the 6th gear, is it a cruising gear or do you have 6 short gears?
    What revs does the CTR do at 80mph?
     
  8. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

    4000rpm at 80 in 6th.
    it's not a cruiser then, though it isn't loud or anything. That magic only happens higher up :)

    Where's 7th?!
     
  9. toy_soldier

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 3 Dec 2004

    Posts: 2,313

    Location: Sheffield

    Whats fuel economy like on CTR's?
     
  10. Leeum

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,242

    Man, that gearbox must take some getting used to :eek:

    Nice car all the same. Don't they have some sort of rev limiter on for their first couple of services?
     
  11. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

    1st tank, mostly motorway @ 70 I got 272 miles!!

    basically it's been going down since then. about £37-38 gets me 200 miles with the sort of town journeys i'm doing mainly.

    It ranges from 180 to 220 at the moment, quite poor but worth it. I'm sure 250miles would be the usual if the commute was motorway.


    I think that rev limiter thing is for subarus? This has a definite rev limiter at nearly 9000rpm, whats interesting is hitting it doesn't feel really wrong like in other cars (though I dont do it often!)

    One thing, the VTEC changeover doesn't occur if the oil temperature hasnt reached optimum. I found this out while a little over eagerly trying to show the noise to a friend. It revved past 6000rpm but there was no noise change.
     
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  12. D4VE

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 8,899

    Location: Hampshire, UK

    Aye thats the same as 5th on my VTi.

    Still, you get nice short gears, my second gear is lethargic :(

    Shame 6th isnt a little longer, everyone does 80 and it drinks quite badly @ 80
     
  13. willd58

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 25 May 2004

    Posts: 5,797

    Location: Bristol England

    Aw man, i really should stop reading threads like these, its makes me wana leave uni and get a decent car asap. How old are you and whats your insurance like?
     
  14. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

    22, £1100 from churchill (4 years no claims, 0 points)

    you can't leave uni! this car is the subtotal of 1 years work after graduation. Paid for in full, pity i'm broke :D
     
  15. olv

    Soldato

    Joined: 12 Jan 2005

    Posts: 5,281

    Location: london

    i can't see the pics :(
     
  16. Trojan

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Sep 2003

    Posts: 5,319

    Location: Adelaide, Australia

    Very nice car, I've always admired them in black. For me though, they're just too expensive for the performance on offer.
     
  17. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

    Posts: 30,289

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    What else would you buy thats the same age and price that's better around a track or down a country lane?
     
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  18. Trojan

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Sep 2003

    Posts: 5,319

    Location: Adelaide, Australia

    Clio 182 :)

    I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a better performing car than the CTR, but it's certainly on a par, and a lot cheaper.
     
  19. Paul Spiteri

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 557

    Yeah I agree with myself, for the price you're getting a really nice car that happens to also be a crazy hot hatch when you want (all the time!) :cool:

    For info, I paid £11,500. It had 19.5k miles, under 18 months old and something like 2.7 years warranty remaining (prev. owner bought extension).
    Also he bought 3 free services (2 remaining), GAP insurance policy, Tracker and "door sill garnish" (dont ask!).

    I have the original invoices and in total he spent £19,300 so that makes my deal feel really good even if it is a money pit for me.
     
  20. Trojan

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Sep 2003

    Posts: 5,319

    Location: Adelaide, Australia

    Nice, sounds like you got a cracking deal there mate :)