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Old 01-12-2006, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
Nige
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First impressions...........P38 style!!!

Of my new toy after a 450 mile journey today.

Firstly, it is very comfy, very comfy indeed, drives like a new car too.

It does not pickup like the RRC LSE though, must be a weight thing, the V8 is a bit 'muted' compared to
the growl from Bob! It doesn't corner as flat either, but it does drive very nicely indeed.

Nothing broke, no cracked liners or overheating, no fuss at all! (apart from a very embarrassing episode
trying to find opener for petrol flap!!!!!)

The main surprise for me was the fuel economy, after the LSE I was expecting 15-17mpg even on a steady A
road (100m) & M-way (120m) jaunt (each way ;~() I drove it all the way there on the cruise & got 23.8mpg,
on the way back I used a very tame right steel toe boot & got 25.3mpg !!!

I didn't go over 70mph, as it was busy as feck!! I think that is bloody good as these are very similar to
the trip computer results too.

Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!

Nige

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Old 01-12-2006, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

....and Nige spake unto the tribes of Usenet, saying...


> I didn't go over 70mph, as it was busy as feck!! I think that is
> bloody good as these are very similar to the trip computer results
> too.


I always found the trip computer was a little pessimistic. Perhaps 1 mpg.

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Old 01-12-2006, 15:08   #3 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

> The main surprise for me was the fuel economy, after the LSE I was expecting 15-17mpg even on a steady A
> road (100m) & M-way (120m) jaunt (each way ;~() I drove it all the way there on the cruise & got 23.8mpg,
> on the way back I used a very tame right steel toe boot & got 25.3mpg !!!


Good to know you like your new toy, overall I'd agree with your
assessment - I love mine, especially for my long distance traveling,
it is just so easy to do my regular near 1000 mile round trips.

One note about the petrol flap - if ever it won't open, check that
you haven't left the key in the ignition - it won't open unless
the key is out.

Given your MPG I'm wondering if there is something wrong with my
DSE. Best I've ever got is 26.5 (mine's a manual), and that was
taking things easy on some nice flat and straight French roads
Average is 22.5, pretty much no matter what sort of driving
I do, though I do tend to cruise at 80. Any ideas anyone?
injectors??

Matt.
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Old 01-12-2006, 15:08   #4 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

Mother" <"@ {mother} @ wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 21:02:06 -0000, "Nige"
> <nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> wrote:
>
>> Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!

>
> You need a new mobile phone to go with it, Nige... :-)


I got one, the reception is a bit shit though!

Must be one of those new 'wafer' thin phones!

Nige

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Old 01-12-2006, 17:02   #5 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 21:02:06 -0000, "Nige"
<nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> wrote:

>The main surprise for me was the fuel economy, after the LSE I was expecting 15-17mpg even on a steady A
>road (100m) & M-way (120m) jaunt (each way ;~() I drove it all the way there on the cruise & got 23.8mpg,
>on the way back I used a very tame right steel toe boot & got 25.3mpg !!!
>
>Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!


Bloody hell. I drive a car with less than half that engine capacity
(2L) and only get 25mpg out of it on petrol.

I must not use this a reason to justify driving a v8..

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Old 01-12-2006, 17:02   #6 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

On 2006-01-13, Tom Woods <tomarse_@hotmail.com> wrote:

> I must not use this a reason to justify driving a v8..


Take four of the plugs out!

"But think of the money we'd save!"

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Old 01-13-2006, 01:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

Tom Woods wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 21:02:06 -0000, "Nige"
> <nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> wrote:
>
>> The main surprise for me was the fuel economy, after the LSE I was
>> expecting 15-17mpg even on a steady A road (100m) & M-way (120m)
>> jaunt (each way ;~() I drove it all the way there on the cruise &
>> got 23.8mpg, on the way back I used a very tame right steel toe boot
>> & got 25.3mpg !!!
>>
>> Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!

>
> Bloody hell. I drive a car with less than half that engine capacity
> (2L) and only get 25mpg out of it on petrol.
>
> I must not use this a reason to justify driving a v8..


I aint used it round town yet!!!

Seriously, my WRX only does a max of 26-27 !!

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Old 01-13-2006, 02:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

Nige wrote:
> Tom Woods wrote:
>> On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 21:02:06 -0000, "Nige"
>> <nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> wrote:
>>
>>> The main surprise for me was the fuel economy, after the LSE I was
>>> expecting 15-17mpg even on a steady A road (100m) & M-way (120m)
>>> jaunt (each way ;~() I drove it all the way there on the cruise &
>>> got 23.8mpg, on the way back I used a very tame right steel toe boot
>>> & got 25.3mpg !!!
>>>
>>> Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!

>> Bloody hell. I drive a car with less than half that engine capacity
>> (2L) and only get 25mpg out of it on petrol.
>>
>> I must not use this a reason to justify driving a v8..

>
> I aint used it round town yet!!!
>
> Seriously, my WRX only does a max of 26-27 !#!


I think you'll probably find that the MPG goes down as you get
used to using it. Mine started out pretty high (compared to what
it is now!) for the first few days as I was taking it easy, but
then ended up where it is now. Still think there might be
something a bit wrong with mine as it is pretty low for a diesel.

Matt.
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!


"Nige" <nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:42nueeF1kat1rU1@individual.net...
> Of my new toy after a 450 mile journey today.
>
> Firstly, it is very comfy, very comfy indeed, drives like a new car too.
>
> It does not pickup like the RRC LSE though, must be a weight thing, the V8
> is a bit 'muted' compared to the growl from Bob! It doesn't corner as flat
> either, but it does drive very nicely indeed.
>
> Nothing broke, no cracked liners or overheating, no fuss at all! (apart
> from a very embarrassing episode trying to find opener for petrol
> flap!!!!!)
>
> The main surprise for me was the fuel economy, after the LSE I was
> expecting 15-17mpg even on a steady A road (100m) & M-way (120m) jaunt
> (each way ;~() I drove it all the way there on the cruise & got 23.8mpg,
> on the way back I used a very tame right steel toe boot & got 25.3mpg !!!
>
> I didn't go over 70mph, as it was busy as feck!! I think that is bloody
> good as these are very similar to the trip computer results too.
>
> Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!


Yep, but it's a well known fact that the management system on these runs
extremely lean at cruise to give economy - at the expense of cylinder
temperature, which is said to promote the block cracking issue. Not proven,
mind, that's just RPI's take on it, my personal opinion is that the block
runs too hot regardless and really ought to have an 82 degree 'stat fitted,
but nobody makes one for the P38. Also make sure top hose isn't collapsing
internally, landrover have changed the design spec 3 times already.....
Nice motors though, wouldn't have one personally as I like my DII too much.
:-)
Badger.
>
> Nige
>
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> Range Rover LSE (Bob)
>
> '"gimme the f*ckin' money"
>



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Old 01-13-2006, 03:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: First impressions...........P38 style!!!

On or around Thu, 12 Jan 2006 22:34:37 -0000, "Nige"
<nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> enlightened us thusly:

>Mother" <"@ {mother} @ wrote:
>> On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 21:02:06 -0000, "Nige"
>> <nigel.inceBUGGEROFF@btinternet.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Not too bad for a 4.6 HSE!

>>
>> You need a new mobile phone to go with it, Nige... :-)

>
>I got one, the reception is a bit shit though!
>
>Must be one of those new 'wafer' thin phones!


Just got a motorola V600. dead nice phone, and since they're not cutting
edge any more and don't take videos etc., they're starting to come down to a
reaonable price: 26 quid odd plus a fiver postage, this one.
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