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AlexK

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Re: OPC's GPA
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2008, 09:59:25 pm »
Email them to me and I'll upload them for you if you like (I'll PM my address).

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    AlexK

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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #16 on: November 04, 2008, 11:15:39 pm »
    Here you go.  I masked your plate for you, too.

    Loving the red with the 'Dome!

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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #17 on: November 04, 2008, 11:30:34 pm »
    Thanks for that Alex. I take it that the reason for masking the number plates is purely to stop someone with exactly the same colour / type of car, (whether stolen, or not) sticking your number on it and then driving around like a loon and commiting crimes in it?

    Better hope no one on the fiatforum is like that :o
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    AlexK

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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #18 on: November 04, 2008, 11:41:49 pm »
    That's one possibility, amongst others.

    The one that worries me is that the galactically stoopid DVLA will give out your details to anyone who flashes a fiver in front of their face.  Makes steal-to-order dead easy.

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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #19 on: November 08, 2008, 11:21:33 pm »
    Had a few hours of sun here today - did you manage to get any new pics?  Am happy to mask the plates for you if needed.

    BTW, the red's really growing on me, especially with the dome.

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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #20 on: November 09, 2008, 12:19:38 am »
    Had a few hours of sun here today - did you manage to get any new pics?  Am happy to mask the plates for you if needed.

    BTW, the red's really growing on me, especially with the dome.

    If I get the chance, I'll wash it in the morning. It is absolutely filthy from driving on some country roads and forest tracks, (New Forest, not a rally stage).  ;D

    I'll try and take care of this one, two bucket method, lambswool mitt, etc., as my Golf's paintwork wasn't great after three years of only washing with a sponge.
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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #21 on: November 09, 2008, 12:55:36 am »
    New forest? I'm jealous! Was working down there last week and it looks amazing this time of year. Good places to get some nice car pictures. I'm stuck with farmers fields  :P
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    « Reply #22 on: November 09, 2008, 10:47:54 pm »
    New forest? I'm jealous! Was working down there last week and it looks amazing this time of year. Good places to get some nice car pictures. I'm stuck with farmers fields  :P

    Yeah, the wife and I took the two boys there yesterday to see all the horses, cows and pigs that wonder around the forest. The car just about handles two kids and all the crap that you end up bringing along with them. I had to leave the parcel shelf at home though, because of the pushchair. The wifes not too impressed though, as it hasn't really got enough space for going on holidays 4 up and she thinks it makes me look / act like a boy racer. She's an Alfa girl though, so I think that a 500 Abarth is looking unlikely now.

    I managed to get it washed today, but had a 3 year olds party to go to first, so didn't get it done until it was getting dark and raining. I'm not working tomorrow, so I'll get some daylight photos sorted.
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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #23 on: November 18, 2008, 11:08:39 pm »
    I never did get those photos taken. Maybe next weekend ???

    Anyway, I've done 1,000 miles now and am pretty happy with the car. It works well on the cross country routes that I take to work and was fine on a 200+ mile round trip to London today on mainly motorways. I've got a trip up North to take next week which will be about a 500 mile round trip, so it will be interesting to see how I get on with sitting in the drivers seat for this length of time. I haven't found an ideal seating position yet and so after 1,000 miles am beginning to wonder whether I will.  :(

    Sport boost mode is definitely the way to go though. It does seem very lethargic in normal mode, but when you press the sport boost button the extra torque makes a lot of difference low down and the car starts to sound quite nice above 4,000rpm. ;D

    I've averaged 31mpg so far, but haven't been hanging around. I think it tends to be about 35mpg on a run on main roads and 25mpg on a cross country route into work. Doesn't seem to make any difference on mpg whether I use normal, or sport boost mode. I think the extra torque in sport boost mode allows you to drive at lower revs / higher gears when just keeping up with the traffic flow, therefore it works out just as economical.

    Suspension and brakes are fine for a semi-sensible daily driver and I'm getting used to the steering which is worst when you are taking it easy / better when driving hard.

    Any other negatives? Small things like the hazards flashing when braking, glovebox and sun visors - Nothing serious.

    Oh, and I've got some car mats the other day....... £9.99 universal ones from HALFORDS. ;D

    Overall, I'm very happy with it.
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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #24 on: November 19, 2008, 07:19:40 pm »
    have you got a GPA that flashes the hazards when you brake then OPC, or you wouldve wanted that feature?

    from what ive seen on other fiat models it looks like if youve got the series 2 with the round key this function is also included as well as the lane change function, just curious to know what youve got?

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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #25 on: November 19, 2008, 07:41:00 pm »
    have you got a GPA that flashes the hazards when you brake then OPC, or you wouldve wanted that feature?

    from what ive seen on other fiat models it looks like if youve got the series 2 with the round key this function is also included as well as the lane change function, just curious to know what youve got?

    My series two does the flashy indicators when breaking hard chunkymonkey. I believe OPC's is also a series 2, since he got his with a skydome and it arrived very shortly after mine.

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    « Reply #26 on: November 19, 2008, 07:49:56 pm »
    Yes, mine is a series 2 and the flashing indicators are beginning to drive me crazy.  >:(

    It is most frustrating when going down country lanes at night. You brake hard, hazards come on, you light the whole lane up with them and anyone in front, behind, or coming the other way thinks WTF and could panic and do something silly??
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    « Reply #27 on: November 19, 2008, 08:05:24 pm »
    Yes, mine is a series 2 and the flashing indicators are beginning to drive me crazy.  >:(

    It is most frustrating when going down country lanes at night. You brake hard, hazards come on, you light the whole lane up with them and anyone in front, behind, or coming the other way thinks WTF and could panic and do something silly??

    Yeh, indeed. Its sounds sensible but its really not. Just adds confusion to other drivers.
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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #28 on: November 20, 2008, 11:51:33 pm »
    Happy with the drivers seat at last. I did about 300 miles today from Dorset, to Worcestershire, Hampshire and back to Dorset again. I can't believe that it has taken so long to get the right position sorted. ::)

    Highlights were cutting cross country from junction 13 of the M5, to junction 18 of the M4. There are some great roads around this part of the Cotswolds and they certainly beat driving on the motorways. I then headed for Shaftesbury and had a clear run up Zig Zag Hill and along the B3081, (what a great road). ;D

    The more I drive it the better it gets. The suspension works well on any road that I’ve thrown it down and you can definitely play around with the handling, especially into / out of tight corners. Would be interesting to see what the esseesse is like now. ;D
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    Re: OPC's GPA
    « Reply #29 on: January 13, 2009, 09:52:35 pm »
    I went past the 5,000 mile mark yesterday and I am still pretty pleased with it. It is working well as a company car, going up and down the country and is also doing a pretty good job as a family car, (2 young boys).

    The most that I have done in a day is probably 500-600 miles and it copes fine with this, (apart from needing to fill up twice). When I do a long journey, I always try to get off the motorways to relieve the boredom and it never disappoints.

    The only things that I am not pleased with are as follows:-

    a) Sun visors are rubbish. They only seem to adjust to about 3 positions and don't have a vanity light.
    b) Front interior lights are not very bright and there is no spot light.
    c) No rear seat interior lights. This is a real pain when getting the boys into their car seats in the dark.
    d) No hooks in the boot to tie bungee ropes to.
    e) Cup holders are a complete joke.
    f) Not enough, or too small interior storage areas.
    g) No lock on the glove box.
    h) No 50/50 split folding rear seats.
    i) Small range on one tank of fuel.

    None of these things spoil the driving experience, but if they were improved / provided, it would be an even better car for work and for the family.

    For what it is, (a cheap hot hatch) I can't complain about the driving experience and it gives me more smiles than lots of more expensive cars that I have had, or driven in the past. Definitely proof that the future (for me at least) is in smaller, lighter cars.
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