Peugeot 208 Allure 1.2 Puretech 110 (2017) review

2PerformanceSpeedsYear BuiltYear of purchaseMileage last
208 Allurepark 1.2 Pure Tech 110
5, Manual
2017
2017
335 km
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Better terms than the previous engine

  • 335 km
  • June 12, 2017 20:51

These traded on 2016 82 hp 1.2 Urban Soul implementation.
I was at last completely dissatisfied with the engine & gearbox, also operate the navigation was slow and difficult.

In this Peugeot has made steps forward.
Not only is the 110 hp 1.2 may put many times smoother and faster, even the gearbox is better.
Sense that you're faster off with a turbo. But the whole is much smoother, even driving away with. This holds at least not so. The gears are closer together, the beats are reduced.

The menu is extensive and I think is also another system. Information is also provided between the clock board. The navigation itself is faster and more sensitive touch screen. Also there on DAB. In short, this system is better.

We are also going to look at cars of another brand, but there are not really any cars that look as sporty look like this 208. Eventually hatched a deal on the 110 hp version.

All in all it is still a sporty looking car, but with a much better engine.

This is a Allure version, which is more luxurious, while I did the last even quite luxurious.
Although me that luxury not much matter, is there anymore. I think I will not even mention anything, but there is more in each case:

- There are other sporty modeled seats.
- There's climate control on (dual zone) instead of manually.
- Navigation is upgraded.
- There are 16" wheels underneath.
- The vehicle has rear disc brakes instead of drum brakes.
- There is a rain sensor.
- Mirror & lights dim automatically.
- Front side of dash panel is located in another motif.

But there is not enough love in this model "sports" rear spoiler. Could be, paid nearly 900 euros!
The GT line is this that matter.

Furthermore, the same car on the road and feel the materials also the same with. Find the best self indeed sit together and did not ride feel in a car.

4.0
  • comfort 4.0
  • performance 4.0
  • reliability 4.0
  • cost 4.0
  • Would you buy a car from this brand? Yes

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Fiat Punto 55 SX (1998) review

4PerformanceSpeedsYear BuiltYear of purchaseKM-mode, when purchasingMileage last
Punto 55 SX
5, Manual
1998
2005
60000 km
90000 km
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EXPERIENCES

  • June 16, 2007 00:00

Related to the family bought a second car. The car was not too big and had good mouths. We looked at a Twingo and Ka. Twingo's are relatively expensive to purchase if you want a more aangekleder model or one with relatively low mileage. The car felt very basic to.
The Ka is also lapsed since not even fit a folded buggy under the parcel shelf.

Via via being in contact with Fiat Wijers Ridderkerk. He has two Punto's. Eventually, chosen for a 55-SX with electric windows and a sunroof. The car with 60,000 km was for sale for 4500 with 6 month warranty. We have 500 from talk and a new radio / CD player got there. The car has been delivered neat polished. Unfortunately, the car has no power steering. The next car will certainly !!!

Meanwhile, nearly 20,000 kilometers driven by car. The car is only used for short trips. For longer trips, we use the Megane Grand Tour.

Punto like fine. He smoelt still good and spacious. The engine is punchy and do just fine in city traffic. On the highway you / I read / sometimes need some more pk's.

After delivery the odometer was found to produce a bad rap. Under warranty is replaced the tachometer. The tick is gone. It seems to be a common problem at Punto.

In the last MOT only the tires had to be replaced. To date, no problems. The power consumption is about 1 to 13. An excellent performance for the city of many kilometers.

Update July 30, 2007:

Time for a new rear squeegee. Unfortunately, the entire arm needs to be replaced. Costs yet again thick 40 Euro (purchase from a dealer). Furthermore, the car load of oil. It remains a good (second) car.
Average consumption 1: 13.4 (purely urban driving)


Update November 14, 2007

Today we have exchanged the car for a newer model Punto. It is a powerful 80hp Punto 2000 with air conditioning and power steering. Especially the power steering was a reason to exchange the other Punto.

The car is used as a second car (my girlfriend) and then even for short distances. In relation to children even went straight for the 5-door version. We notice that there are relatively few occasions 5 doors on the second hand market. The car was again purchased from Weijers Ridderkerk. Saturday at 15:00 we saw the car on the Internet. At 4 o'clock we were in the showroom and after negotiating the exchange rate at 16.45 signed a (provisional) contract. Here we love: instantly a good offer.

On the other Punto remains to say:

gemiddel overall usage 1: 12,11
cost per km (including purchase and resale) 0.46 cents
in those 28 months, never had any problems

PROBLEMS

  • June 16, 2007 00:00

no problems so far.
However, the tires have been replaced and the wipers around

APK 53.00
Two new tires (Pirelli) 101.12 incl Motage etc.
Rear wiper 41.44
APK 2007 incl overhaul EURO 133 a year and we again can stand!

4.5
  • comfort 4.0
  • performance 3.0
  • reliability 5.0
  • cost 5.0
  • Would you buy a car from this brand? Yes

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Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI Highline (2016) review

7PerformanceSpeedsYear BuiltYear of purchaseKM-mode, when purchasingMileage last
Touran 1.4 TSI Highline
7, Automatic dual-clutch
2016
2016
8 km
7600 km
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Unstable navigation device / vehicle infotainment system

  • 700 km
  • December 18, 2016 09:52

collected on December 1 new touran, generally ok but serious problems discover media device. Vd half times it does not work (all center console stays black). Dealer calls, but in January time .... Bit annoying everyone, first time in my life private new car purchased and lousy service.

About the car further
- very quiet! Good seats / rijpostie! (Ergo active)
- if it all works is ease infotainment large, all the other options work well / easily.
- Two seats in the third row are fine and tight. already used to drive friends to swimming lessons. Please note that boot result is smaller, even if folded puts a 'additional base' in the boot (bit of a miscalculation of mine to specifications was content greater than v our previous car but lasts doubt or complete camping equipment)
- I admit, the park assist is better at parallel parking than I insert other hand, is less efficient (not quite neatly in boxes vd parking at work). Fun toys.
- Adaptive Cruise Control also works well on highway, beautiful system.
- some of which I do not know whether it should or not throttle sometimes seems to hang a little slow to respond at first accelerator pedal and braking (to pass eg car) and then accelerate again. Then car seems just very little to do and then quickly sprinting away. Perhaps difficult point in the DSG?
- I hope that car proves itself in the coming years (we want to get involved there are 8 to 10 years, therefore highline taken with many options), and it turns out to be the bad bargain of the century.

Do review created to hear some touran drivers also face unstable system and have some cause / solution. On the phone said aftersales staff here have not previously had to deal with, but I believe not really (and comes on top of other bad experiences- ordered in May, seller gave Sept / Oct as delivery time, end December, without any apology or anything ). Car was little dirty on delivery (glue / oil spread) is on summer tires, some empty tank, etc.). I'd be overly critical as a customer, but thought it was just very tedious process.

Premium driving experience but also irritations

  • 7600 km
  • April 27, 2017 19:51

The car is really good in many ways, he drives very quiet and smooth, good seats, driving position and the third row, we are really very happy and used regularly.
The car is luxurious and it shows eg. When returning from holiday with a good car is driven around. Or for example when comparing with a replacement car vd garage. Heated seats with back massage, smooth automatic transmission and automatically ran accelerometers and braking cruise control, nice stuff!

Few experiences after a small 8 kilometers DZD
- the car reacts at low speeds sometimes fickle on the gas. Slow acceleration in two more gas than it spurt ahead.
- consumption does not meet the manufacturer, but I did not expect.
- been back twice by dealers because of falling out infotainment system.
- constructive, we note that the combination of TSI and DSG will have a long life. I would like to have many more years of fun vd car, but some auto blogs indicate potential problems.
- Some parts I feel weak & vulnerable. For example, I am annoyed by the button on the mirror adjustment. It feels like it could break anytime.
- the first damage has also there has come before the summer is broken confirming rolgordijntje the window (part family pack). Garage can not let warranty fall and asks 422.74 euros for repairs. It seemed to me that much ... clumsy that family pack appears not safe for young children

3.5
  • comfort 5.0
  • performance 3.0
  • reliability 2.0
  • cost 3.0
  • Would you buy a car from this brand? No

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Opel Agila 1.2-16V Comfort (2002) review

5PerformanceSpeedsYear BuiltYear of purchaseKM-mode, when purchasingMileage last
Agila 1.2-16V Comfort
5, Manual
2002
2010
39330 km
41152 km
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An elderly bin?

  • 1900 km
  • March 6, 2010 13:34

The first series of the Opel model was really refreshing to mention, rather a trend follower. The current version of the Agila is there against it more fashionable and will appeal to a younger audience.

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The reason this car I have bought I had to hand my company car. And employers were changes I needed a car, did not want to spend much, had only the requirement that it must be a reliable brand and maintain the approved dealer. Since this car fully met, only the appearance, but see yourself nothing when you drive.
Since my partner in a Agila I was familiar with this type of car and (driving) skills.

0-0

The first impression of the car is made up of polygons and plastic. The mold is straight with a tin can with some protuberances.

The term "comfort" I can not explain because the car lacks include central locking, electric windows and a well-adjustable steering wheel and driver's seat, but there is air conditioning, but that seems more an option is purchased.

Is this a legacy of the German automotive industry, who knows, because in those days it was common in other (non-German car) brands also deliver with minimum electric windows at the basismodelen.

All right, the only thing that has been added with respect to the basic model is that a revolution counter is present, and two drawers, type cat box and the second rear seat headrests (luxury!).

The previous owner has replaced the base radio with cassette player with a CD player. But the sound is knudde with a straw (two speakers for and that's all). This will soon be improved by coming to place multiple and heavy speakers.

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AFTER 2000 KM.
Well, the car is only 8 years old, drove probably not as many or large pieces at the first owner that the car is quite slow and consume considerable fuel (1 12), but I assume that it is more favorable time.

What irritates me is that the 1.2 engine to make a lot of speed to get 100 or 120 Km and maintain the poor insulation, you hear the engine very well, you have to put the radio pretty hard to drown it.

Crosswind and there suffer from the car properly and you have to work to keep it on track.

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WEAKNESSES?
No, not only the license plate back is a bit loose, but it is solved.

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Until the next fifty thousand kilometers.

3.5
  • comfort 3.0
  • performance 3.0
  • reliability 4.0
  • cost 3.0
  • Would you buy a car from this brand? maybe

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Suzuki S-Cross 1.6 High Executive (2014) review

28PerformanceSpeedsYear BuiltYear of purchaseMileage last
S-Cross 1.6 High Executive
1, automatic transmission
2014
2014
5500 km
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first review

  • 1955 km
  • March 28, 2014 22:05

From February 7 is the car in my possession. After nearly six years riding with a lot of fun in the Qashqai still ended up with the Suzuki. Did not believe it, but this car drives great and is better on the road than the QQ.

Have decided to drive machine and it suits me fine. Do machines ever leave because of the high consumption left, but this car is a CVT running cheaper on the highway than the gearbox. Average row I just 1: 14 and the car is not even really be run. The car works very well.

Dots that still disappointing, but where hard to get worked on by the dealer himself and Suzuki:
Hands-free calling is working! but you're at after failing to understand the recipient. Update installed today, but offer no soul enamels. Now get to buy a microphone that will be mounted when operating the sunroof. (The original is on dense structure column in a lousy spot)
Machines like fine but if you almost stopped you often get a aftershocks since the engine of 1250 rpm suddenly go to 900 rpm. Not terrible, but sometimes it does not feel fine.
Further, in the radio mode, TA (traffic announcement) provides only but at Position 25 of the notifications through. You scares you to pieces. But unfortunately, as workshop designed .....

Myself have sold the original wheels and other footwear are put under. Did not the standard stuff nicely.

Furthermore, the car works very well. Nothing to complain about. Especially the dealer Suzuki Jonker Zaandam. Really toppers!

Update

  • 5500 km
  • June 25, 2014 23:33

Meanwhile ridden quite a few kilometers. Yesterday went to the dealer for the update of updates on the radio unit and for me in particular, the handsfree. The additional microphone brought some improvement, but the software was still not good. Sometimes a connection and then not return to the radio. off only helped san.
First impression is good, but time will tell whether it is good or better.

What strikes me in the car. I miss the lumbar I have had in the Qashqai. Pity.

Furthermore, I found too heavy to send the car on the highway from the center position. Yesterday there was an update to install. Later so more .....

5.0
  • comfort 5.0
  • performance 5.0
  • reliability 5.0
  • cost 4.0
  • Would you buy a car from this brand? Yes

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Renault Clio Estate TCe 90 Energy Expression (2014) review

21PerformanceSpeedsConstruction yearYear of purchaseKM-mode, when purchasingMileage last
Clio Estate TCe 90 Energy Expression
5, Manual
2014
2014
12 km
84000 km
Average reader rating: 8.1 Disclaimer MyReview

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Well done Laurens!

  • 84000 km
  • February 16, 2014 13:39

The following ...
Roughly every 10 years we buy a new (or young) car. This time he was beside beautiful also are spacious and economical. From our shortlist Ibiza ST, Fiesta, Clio Estate and Rio only the latter scored on all criteria.

The test drive ...
The Clio we felt from the introduction to one of the most beautiful cars in the B segment, especially when came the Estate. On a Saturday morning in February 2014 was the day: we had an appointment to try a demo. If you positively different things running around on attack: the continuous back windows, the rear doors without handles, the wheel arches and the high-gloss black and chrome. The attention to design is also put into the interior. The steering wheel can be adjusted axially and vertically by a sufficient distance, where the view remains well on the beautiful clocks. Once path turns bad oversee the Clio. He has substantial blind spots, especially in the A- and C-pillars. The mirrors have despite their huge size too small field of view to compensate. Also, you should often look under the lower mirror. But these minor annoyances are offset by his behavior. That is primarily comfortable, but appears surprisingly sporty when you ask. This is due to the direct control, and the progressive suspension. In addition, it performs adequately and is pleasantly quiet. He is also very practical. The rear sections can be folded easily. Even with the rear seats in place the luggage generous. This requires some sacrifice legroom in the back.

Spontaneous purchase ...
In the showroom was a new Clio Estate, which, unlike the demo, totally met our needs. He has the color and options that we want: red metallic, black / alu 16" wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, radio / navigation, parking, etc. These options are not standard on the Expression, but are in some combined packages. On paper this Clio costs (incl. Towbar) € 21,400, but because the dealer had put him on license in December 2013 he could make a nice price. After some bargaining, he was for € 17,000 ours, incl. Trade (market value € 1000). The delivery (normally we oppose a new car) was only 5 days.
The maintenance interval is 30,000 km, immediately after purchase. Moreover, the warranty and service mobility ask for little. Extend beyond two years may, but is quite expensive.

Bells and whistles...
There is more than we want but again less.
Take the R-Link system. It lets you communicate, navigate, listen to music, analyzing your driving style, download apps, etc. Some of those gadgets I'd traded for more current cards, and then like Europe instead of just Benelux. An expansion card is for sale, but because of the price and the alleged pains of enlargement I just hung back old TomTom with maps of Europe.
The sound of the system which has 4x35 W bass reflex speakers, can be adjusted to your wishes. You can connect your smartphone via blue tooth to communicate and listen to your music collection. The system also has a USB and jack input, but no Disc Drive.
Fine that serve some of these functions to the steering wheel, like the cruise control (with memory).
The automatic hill-was new to me; it works very nice. What works well on the defroster i.c.m. defroster and rear squeegee when reversing in the rain. Much is also adjustable via the multimedia system. But then again I was wrong Clear tips teeth 1x windscreen, side-window opening completely and height of the passenger seat.
That all went well, on one thing: the lighting. We forget to regularly do in the dark light, because the dashboard light and (ugly) daytime running lights give the impression that the low beam is on. I think false economy, especially for a car for anything and give some safety warnings.

In practice...
The test drive is attached! He has a great chassis that is in between comfortable and sporty. He drops in load, hard braking or fast corner out quickly in its feathers. The road contact and the exchange rate are almost unperturbed. What contributes to it is its direct control with an attractive speed-dependent energization. Brakes he does very well: good to dose and if necessary it will stop in a few meters. The clutch and throttle are also working very fine. The switch comes with a elastiekerig feeling and longish strokes. I have accepted, because a machine unfortunately is not available at the economical 3-pitter. That block thebreakfast fine, particularly through its turbo and gearbox. The first two gears are short enough to drive away smoothly, then he makes some bigger steps. V (elocity) 1000 (rpm) is sequentially 7, 13, 20.5, 28.5 and 38.5 km / h. That's just 'shorter' than the hatchback. At 120 real km / h takes him approximately 3100 rpm. The third is usable from 30 km / h, the fourth from 45 km / h, 5 from 65. It delivers 135 Nm at 2500, but available between 2000 and 4500 rpm always 130 Nm (see picture 4).
Finally, a point of criticism: the light output of low beam is moderate and fog lamps give little extra light. I let the dim lights rather quickly replaced by Philips Extreme White Vision (approximately 50% more light output).

The quality...
After 3.5 years everything will still work properly, as you might expect. Renault has given a number of luxury tricks, such as gas springs for the bonnet, boot lights, lots of storage and stacking capabilities, etc. But there are finishing also minuses: released cover of the battery (does not fit properly), resonant interior parts, various scratch and stain sensitive plastics and beatings under the car. However, the Clio is better together than my previous car (Ibiza).

1 in 30!
A number of tools to make it economical: efficient engine, eco-button start-stop system, regenerative braking, a grille that closes automatically, low rolling resistance tires and the long 5th gear. And it works. The manufacturer of 4.5 is feasible on quiet rides and if you really do your best 3.4 feasible (photo 5)! But shows a fast ride on German motorways which the engine has to work hard. Then consumption goes towards 6.0. Such a power consumption it also has on short trips. We avoid as much as possible and consume an average of 5.0. At fuel we save more than € 400 with respect to our previous car.

Winter tires...
When I Reds Profile Darkblade lmv purchased with Conti Winter Contact TS850 (photo 2). The wheels stand him so well that Renault performing the expensive version of the facelift with virtually the same wheels. I base size 185 / 65x15 selected, with the same rolling circumference as the Passion Noir with 195 / 55x16 tires summer. The Contis are doing very well, also is wear it.

Maintenance...
May 2015, 23,000 km: A + B turns W. O. oil, air filter. Cost € 249.
May 2016, 45,000 km: I.D.
April 2017, 68,000 km: A + B in turn, spark plugs, filters, remvloeist, € 419.

My conclusion...
The Clio Estate is very nice, good practice and takes in practice easy 1:20. The rate of appearance is mediocre clarity. It rides nice, with a good balance between comfort and sportiness. Expression has everything you need, but pretty standard looks sadly out. You can give him a couple "packs" Dress up for customization or allow Renault to make the choice by choosing a more expensive version. Unfortunately, you can not tick while automatic transmission unless you choose a less efficient and more expensive engine.

4.0
  • comfort 4.0
  • performance 3.0
  • reliability 4.0
  • cost 5.0
  • Would you buy a car from this brand? Perhaps

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BMW 428i Coupé High Executive (2014) review

22PerformanceSpeedsConstruction yearYear of purchaseKM-mode, when purchasingMileage last
428i Coupé High Executive
8, Sequential Machines
2014
2014
10 km
40000 km
Average reader rating: 7.2 Disclaimer MyReview

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BMW 428i High exec. M package

  • 3000 km
  • August 6, 2014 15:48

4/5 Once a year I always look forward to another car. having an Infiniti FX ridden after 4 years my interest in something else went out. Procurement I tend always to be something completely different with respect to my previous car. Of HP without luxury for luxury car without horsepower coupe and SUV to. I really hesitated between the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid and the BMW 428 coupe and eventually it became the last of the decisive reasons for the residual value, folding rear seat and the number of garages with knowledge in NL. Even on the 428. I chose a glacier silber 428 High exec, M package, comfort package innovation package and 19 "wheels. Is not it become instead a dark gray one silver because the silver color of the air outlets in the front wheels come out a lot better.

On 8-5-14 I closed the deal with the dealer and with a lot of luck was delivered this 12-6-14. As a little boy so happy I took delivery of the keys, a car ... .. Now I have 3,000 km being driven and every minute with a big grin. The car feels like a block on the road in terms of driving the 428 an ideal mix of handling, torque and acceleration to drive both sporty and comfortable (and also set so). In the previous turbo cars you could clearly see a turbo lag, but the twin scroll turbo in the 428 mark you do nothing at all. The machine turns very smoothly and when you go to use the paddles then gives you clear the sportiest out of your car. When 8x upshift imagine yourself in the movie The Fast and the Furious. Obviously you do not get the consumption as standing in the books (because who always runs well, and mountain with the wind off) but with 8.5 l per 100 km, I'm really happy for a car with nearly 250 hp. I hate it for the loss of the sporting six cylinder sound that actually belongs to such a car, but for € 11.000, - to lay down extra for the sound I find exaggerated because the extra power is not needed. The dealer I heard they have to sound a bit more engine noise to create a coarser / grayer sound from the sound system. It's a beautiful sound, but .......

The luxury is in the car to feast. Head up, keyless entry, sport seats (which are fantastic) and surround view I recommend to everyone. I've always had big wheels under my car and one of my biggest annoyances are damaged rims. When parking here to open my door to check whether the curb does not touch my rim is unnecessary. The voice control works perfectly, it has been extended and ... .. she understands Dutch.

To you, I believe that my finest car I've had so far. It amazes me that so few I see four sections for driving under the Bovag figures are already thick sold 600 cars.

Even still the advantages and disadvantages;

Benefits;
- perfect blend of torque, acceleration and handling;
- the gearbox;
- cool gadgets like head-up, keyless entry, etc .;
- The looks are sporty but not overdone;
- now an exclusive car.

Cons;
- no sporty sound and what I hear it is fake;
- options are pricey;
- difficult entry / exit parking in the very long doors.

Update 7500 km

  • 7500 km
  • November 8, 2014 15:28

UPDATE! Now reached the 7,500 km!

Since buying I have not really made a lot of kilometers, but this also has to do with the long summer we had and I like the convertible pack. For the fans, I have added some extra pictures.

Since my first review, I'm still very much 4 series driving what car still makes exclusive while the Grand Coupe been a number of months has been launched again and this I have come not often. The small price difference will not be, I think! '.

Well, what can I say about the car. I am still very happy, and I certainly do not regret the purchase. After 7.500km had no problems but I did not expect. The bike is good and I crept to the consumer brand. I get 8,3l / 100km and it is still falling. This surprised me somewhat because the X1 2.0 my wife who comes to 9.3l / 100km, and trust me when I say I really do more than drive by my wife. Will streamline care so much?

What it struck me that and enter and exit the garage is not easy by the huge long coupe doors, but otherwise this is a disadvantage that I take for granted.

Furthermore, I become more and more accustomed to the flippers when I'm driving a round sporty. With the manual transmission shift sometimes 1 or 2 times back but the flippers you can do this then a second three times (because of the 8-bin).
In terms of power you will not go hungry with 245pk and the car goes like hell but I would be very happy to have a better sound. Maybe let anything change the muffler, doubt, doubt, doubt .......

Everyone thanks for the nice comments and the next review!

update 40.000km

  • 40000 km
  • June 22, 2016 16:30

It's been quite some time since I last gave an update, so here.
The car is still the way to my expectations and I am still not encountered any bug. When the 2-year warranty was expired, I have not renewed surcharge. From what other four series drivers (or the Gran Coupe and not the Coupe) I hear some complaints about creaks and beeps in the car I can not say on (perhaps a little thing GC). The average fuel consumption is 8.2L hang on 100km and I'm happy about fine. Am I now really encountered no hiccups?!? Uh ... well if I still have to say something. In the cold start is there such a temporary strange rattle from the exhaust, but I think all have 2.0 and 2.8 engines of the same generation. The X1 my wife, the fact also. After 5-10 seconds this sound is otherwise off.

Occasionally I see sometimes drive a 4 coupe, but you see the GC more often. Understandable because the average age of the target 4 series have children and therefore need a little more space in the back for just an additional € 500, -. Of course I need to move some stuff sometimes but that's why I have taken optional retractable tow bar so I occasionally a trolley can carry around.

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  • performance 5.0
  • reliability 4.0
  • cost 4.0
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Volvo S80 2.4 170hp (2000) review

1PerformanceSpeedsYear BuiltYear of purchaseKM-mode, when purchasingMileage last
S80 170hp 2.4
5, Manual
2000
2012
170000 km
175000 km
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Economical and comfortable

  • 175000 km
  • September 18, 2012 19:38

After a collision with a deer, I had to suspend my 728i. I decided which car not to let repaired immediately because those costs would evaporate instantly, and I still want to wait and see this crisis. I love my money fine with me.

So I do need a new daily driver. BMW is a bit my brand but with a nice 728i in the garage, I decided it did not have to be necessarily a BMW and I looked at other brands. Different models examined and eventually ended up with the Volvo S80 which from the late 90's was in production.

I joined the S80 because I love big business sedans with straight lines. Although the S80 is more modern look than the E38 728i I have, there is still the "rightness" in that I am looking at a sedan.

I was consciously looking for an S80 petrol without turbo and manual transmission.
- Gasoline for my kilometers (approximately 15,000)
- Without Turbo because this can only broken after + - 150 000. And let's face it, the lease driver or rider turbo wait a neatly with the engine shutdown came after at home or being at the gas station? NOBODY!
- Manual because I read a lot of horror stories about the S80 and vending machines in the first years of construction. Both the GM Aisin receptacle when the bin.

I realized that this limits the choice to S80 with S80 2.4 or 2.9. I chose the 2.4 specifically the 170 HP version. Indeed, it was also made a 2.4 140 HP version.

Eventually I came to S80 with around 170,000 kilometers, a beige interior, 170 horsepower version of the 2.4 and a manual transmission! The options were otherwise too great. In addition to the standard equipment throughout airbags, air conditioning and cruise control. Beautiful! Exactly what I was looking for!
Ridden test and bought the car. The previous owner had done a distribution and pump change at + - 165 000 .. This job so I do not run.
I finished servicing all filters & to change spark plugs and perform an oil change. The car is now so tip top! Coupling still good and brakes and tires can join thousands of kilometers!

About driving:
The car drives very nice. The suspension is comfortable set making long journeys on motorways are comfortable. The 170hp engine is strong enough for a normal rider. Very fast and beautiful sound that five cylinders!
The car is also very calm around 130-140. This is usually my cruising speed on the highway and I do like wind!
On the ride so I have no complaints. Good insulation, smooth shifting manual transmission and a proper control.
Space you also have more than enough. Slap you back down, there may be many things to be transported!

The technique:
I got the car too short to really give an opinion on the technical quality. Parts are well maintained so very cheap compared to BMW does not have to be expensive. That I have all the necessary tools and support a pair of shaft makes it very easy for the do-it-yourselfer. Most parts such as spark plugs, filters and liquids can easily replace themselves. In the large engine bay is a relatively small engine block so you have plenty of space to dismantle the various attachments should it ever be possible. Think about:
- throttle body
- Rollers
- Dynamo, compressor, starter

Well let me say that the car is VERY careful! Despite the size and weight of nearly 1500 kg, I get 12 one with ease! That is cruising at + - 130 kmu.
In 5th gear do at that speed about 3000 RPM. That is less than the average 1.8 toerenbrullertje. Because the car is well insulated, you hear the engine does not work.

Downsides of this car:

Design Mistake # 1
The throttle bodies are known to fail after 2 tons. A new affordable but keep this in mind when buying a Volvo with electronically controlled throttle body!

Design Mistake # 2
There's a rumble in the subframe. Through Volvo dealership software (do not ask me how I have to come), I figured out that Volvo has to forget with model year 2002 to install two rubber O-rings in the subframe. A very simple fix for the average do-it-yourselfer and the O-rings and bolts you need not cost turd. It's no damage but it is your subframe that occasionally connects to your chassis. This causes the iron-on-iron sound. Not harmful but annoying in a well insulated car.
So fear not a plucking sound at low speeds in these cars. This is relatively easy to fix and is a nice afdingpunt!

interior finishes
I compare it with my BMW S80, or the E39 5 Series from my brother, I can conclude that the interior of the S80 is very pauper. All flimsy and cheap plastic and plastic. It rattles not really driving, but it still looks cheap it out. It rattles when you press a little. Especially in the center console. Although the cream beige interior is nice, I resent it so that an (ever) premium brand like Volvo delivers such a lousy finish in a car that should belong to the top segment!

jacking Points
No good clear jacking points
For jacking up your car with a car jack, you have an interest in good square or round jacking points. Volvo does have a point where you can boost it has no definite shape. The do-it-yourselfer as I would like, as with BMW see what dishes or square where the jack fits so below. Volvo does not have this. You gotta improvise with your car jack and to find a point where you can safely place your support shaft.

If you can live and can recover the design flaws themselves with these negatives, you have a good car here. They cost no more turd. For less than 3500 euros you can buy an excellent copy of the first model years with minimal maintenance backlog.


It is a typical modern car. Do you ever get a weird mankementje, you should read the case. A laptop with VADIS or VIDA (Volvo dealership software) and USB>OBDII connector is a must!

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  • performance 4.0
  • reliability 4.0
  • cost 4.0
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Nissan Pixo 1.0 Visia (2009)

The Pixo dashboard is taken directly from the Suzuki Alto.

The Pixo dashboard is taken directly from the Suzuki Alto.

With the rear seats flat Pixo accommodate a fair amount of luggage.

With the rear seats flat Pixo accommodate a fair amount of luggage.

The gearbox has some pep from the powertrain; the 1.0-liter engine is actually very pleasant smooth.

The gearbox has some pep from the powertrain; the 1.0-liter engine is actually very pleasant smooth.

32Nissan enters the A-segment with the Pixo. The Japanese have things dealt with effectively, because the small is nothing more or less than a Suzuki Alto with a different face.

But that shared genes do Pixo is determined not to be embarrassed. Nissan is not a moment too soon with his Pixo. Smaller than a Micra you could not get until recently the Japanese manufacturer. This model depends in its current shape more or less between the A- and the B-segment. So there was space at the bottom of the model range. Nissan knocked at Suzuki, is not surprising. Suzuki has a long experience in building successful small cars. Moreover, the Suzuki Alto as the Pixo manufactured in low-wage country India. A third major reason for Nissan to designate the Alto as a blueprint for the Pixo is that it has five doors.

Large headlights are still hip and therefore the Pixo has them too. He casement windows

in the rear doors. Well, if you want a car for a relatively low price, you should cut costs somewhere. Nissan looks thanks to a business model of the interior somewhat bare, partly because of the lack of a tachometer. The Pixo we find a clock in front of us. The buttons cared for heating and ventilation eyes and feel solid. The types of plastic from which the glove is made, are very hard, as well as those of the doors, and the console between the front seats.

surprisingly spacious

The car is surprisingly spacious. Judging by the modest exterior dimensions you expect inside not too much space. Of course you will find there is none seas of space, but it can last through it all, however. The steering wheel can be adjusted only in the vertical direction. The behind the wheel is good, also thanks to the great support that give the seats of the Pixo. Front and rear, the Japanese offer a decent legroom. The headroom is made less. Way back in the trunk, there is not to forgive a lot of space.

The Pixo is at 129 liters. The bench folded down - which has no shared folding backrest - Nissan has 774 liters. The Pixo has a three-cylinder gasoline engine under the hood. What makes such driepittertje still a nice sound. Acceleration is always a treat. Every time you open the throttle, the engine climbs eagerly drumming pleasure in touring. The five-speed of the Pixo has extremely long transmissions, which are intended to reduce the fuel consumption in the city.

Per hundred kilometers clocked the Pixo 5.9 liter petrol road, which corresponds to a still respectable 1 16.9. Despite long transmissions will not disappear any pep out of the car when early upshifts. You can afford your shifting gear to drive, has been working the bin so smoothly and without hooks, which switch is not punishment. The handling of the Pixo pleasantly surprised. The car comes unexpectedly mature about it. Nissan turns not afraid. He does not slide quickly over the front wheels. Go up the gas, then the ass committed to, but he does not. All very manageable. Tilting is bad. However, the damping is relatively hard. The somewhat stoterige behavior of the Pixo may well lie down on the Falkan-mounted tires by Nissan.

BrandFashion modelBodyTransmissiondrivingtest YearPrice
Nissan
Pixo 1.0 Visia
5-door, hatchback
5 gears, Manual
In front of
2009
€ 7999 FINANCE?
Fuelgasoline
engine3-cyl. in line
Displacement996 cc
maximum power50 kW / 68 hp at 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque90 Nm at 3400 rpm
Length Width Height3.565 mm / 1.600 mm / 1.470 mm
wheelbase2360 mm
mass empty830 kg
capacity420 kg
Mass trailer braked / unbraked200 kg / 100 kg
Ties155 / 65R14 Prices
Top speed155 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h measured14,0s (13,5s)
Acceleration 50-80 km / h 3/46,2s / 9,7s
Acceleration 80-120 km / h in 4/518,7s / 24,0s
measured fuel4.4 l / 100 km
(The manufacturer: 4.4 l / 100 km)
Co2 emissions103 g / km
Detailed specifications
  • +tasty driepittertje
  • +Sends communicative and accurate
  • +neat consumption
  • -Fry gets some pep from drive
  • -What punishment suspended
  • -Tough plastics in the interior

Ford C-MAX 2.0 Titanium Plus Plug-in Hybrid (2015)

21Leaserijders ever greater choice of plug-in hybrids. Based on the Ford C-Max is now also such a car plug with 7 percent addition.

For those who would like a plug-in hybrid with low addition, recently, an MPV belongs to the possibilities. That is the Ford C-Max Plug-in Hybrid. In the US, the car already for some time and the European facelift ignored his nose.

As befits an MPV, it also offers Ford a comfortable entry and interior space. We also see inside a large touchscreen for infotainment, which is however not very fast and logical be operated.

When the cargo hold of a disappointment. Which offers only 200 liters, for an adult family car too little. The C-Max here pay the toll for the battery pack. Especially on holiday can be a problem, especially since this hybrid plug can tow a trailer.

The engine has 2.0 liters and Ford adds a 120 hp electric motor to it. The powertrain of the Ford responds alert and showing surprising agility. It makes it pleasantly smooth, even when overtaking. If you vloert the accelerator, the engine quite noisy and climbs into the blast, which is partly caused by the continuously variable automatic transmission.

The power of the C-Max is not suitable for fast charging stations along the highways. That means that the car is always 2 to 3 hours must be at the charging station. Owing to the limited range of current (44 km), the car on long journeys is therefore not overly efficient.

The additional components of the hybrid powertrain weight naturally increases. The C-Max weighs 1,700 kg, and you feel; he is less fixed exchange rate than petrol and diesel brothers and tilting is not foreign to him. At the same time it is noticeable that the Ford steering is nice and sharp with sufficient feeling.

The plug version of the C-Max is available in only one version, which costs € 34,995. Still an amount that will deter most private buyers. The standard equipment is spacious and includes, inter alia, a navigation system, 17-inch light metal, leather coating, a panorama roof, and an automatic parking system.

3.0 stars

So far, the C-Max is the only plug-MPV. He sends fine, but as a family car it is less suitable because of its small trunk and the inability to pull a trailer. For a plug-in hybrid, the price is not too bad. The fact that he is not in fast-charging systems can handle, it is a great practical drawback.

Breakthrough in battery technology development

64Een American-Portuguese research team claims to have found a way to make batteries cheaper and safer. Important for the automotive industry: the capacity is also significantly improved.

Led by the American engineer John Goodenough working teams from the University of Texas and the University of Porto to a so-called all-solid-state battery. According to the already 94-year-old (!) Goodenough, who also stood at the cradle of lithium-ion batteries, can this technology be stored three times as large amount of power. On that message Bloomberg. The batteries can be made entirely of glass, and to use the common and easy-to-win sodium instead of lithium. Yet generate a great advantage is that with this technology, batteries can be much more compact and less heat.

The key next step of this research is to control serial production. There should be explored major battery producers who can and will bring the concept of Goodenough widely in practice. According to an analyst from Bloomberg may take a while, because there are often teething pains during the first large-scale production of such new technologies.

Official: Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

57Het Passat model range has a new derivative in: also the new generation Volkswagen brings back Alltrack.

In appearance, the area Alltrack is distinguished by other bumpers, and shields in front of the wheel housings, side skirts and the bottom plate. In addition, the Alltrack 27.5 mm higher up on its feet.

Inside we see a combination of Alcantara and cloth, leather upholstery is an option. Volkswagen also assembles metal trims.

Besides the three major driving modes 'Eco', 'Normal' and 'Sport', the Alltrack gets a fourth driving mode with 'Off road'. Those who choose this option will have to deal with a modified gas and brake response. Moreover, the car activates in that case the Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent-system.

The base gasoline engine is a 1.4-liter TSI with 150 hp, the top version 2.0 is a TSI 220 hp. The three diesels all have a displacement of 2.0 liters. The power levels are 150, 190 and 240 hp.

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack debuts in March in Geneva in September, state-ie at European dealers. The Dutch importer has decided to bring out the Passat Alltrack to our country.

ANWB Tolbadge: faster along the French toll

40Geen long lines more for French toll. At least that's the idea. This summer you can drive right to a so-called Tolbadge ANWB at the toll. It is then automatically settled.

No longer do you need as Dutch holidaymaker to see with sorrow how one Frenchman after another by driving the toll, while you are waiting in line along with dozens of other vacationers. From today at the ANWB Tolbadge sale. It lets you go through the gates without stopping to pay.

In an ANWB shop you can buy the device and be activated. Then paste the table on your windshield and you can go on your way. In toll in France can now be recognized by the T-gates, on the orange 't'. With at least four meters away on your pastor and a speed of 30 km / h or slower you drive through. The cabinet will beep and the traffic light turns green. The amount is automatically debited from your account.

The Tolbadge hangs on your windshield for € 11 euros, or € 7.50 if you are AA member. The service costs € 1.60 for each month that the badge is used. Besides the ability to automatically pay tolls, you can deal with the service in more than 300 parking lots and garages in France. It is only now possible to settle automatically Dutchman at the French toll roads, thanks to the introduction of IBAN account numbers in Europe.

In the wild: Geo Metro (1996)

25Vandaag a very peculiar variation on the Suzuki Swift in this section. Thanks to AutoWeek reader of Daniel Koutrik we can today offer a real Geo Metro.

What is it: The Geo Metro was a joint project of Suzuki and General Motors that was active between 1989 and 2001 in the United States. Based on the Swift - on the other side of the pond called Cult - Metro GM's budget brand Geo was built, an appearance different model both as a hatchback, sedan and convertible were as sunny gain. This is a copy of the second generation, a series that, like its predecessor simply made use of Suzuki technology. Whereas the first generation of the outside hardly a Swift was distinguishable, the family was that this specimen belongs to more own design. Like its predecessor had Pontiac Firefly here as a version of the showroom. To complete the confusion Suzuki sold this model again as indeed as Swift (and not as cult as the generation before). we take a breath?

Under the cap having a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, or a 1.3 with four burners. This copy - a LSi, three-speed automatic transmission and air conditioner - the four-cylinder in his nose. The car is known to be stiffer and safer than its predecessor.

Rating: Our cars oracle alias patron of the rust spot Nic de Boer would call up this trolley as mafklapper. Actually, therefore, a pair of blue that is.

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Lada Vesta to Germany

20Naar a functioning importer lets you search with a magnifying glass in the Netherlands. In Germany Lada indeed active and distributor also has the Vesta to the country of our eastern neighbors.

Lada says to finalize the export version of Vesta, a move that will be something qualitatively high-grade and possibly come to have different tuned engines. Also what driving the sedan will be stabbing each other. The copies destined for the Russian market have a chassis that is designed to lower quality asphalt.

Also at security level, the European versions are underway. Things like ABS and airbags will be standard. Currently Lada Granta offers in Germany Hatchback and Sedan, the Kalina Cross, Kalina Sport and 4x4 (formerly Niva / Urban) on. The Vesta will appear on the German market next year.