Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Desborough, Northampton
Couldn't agree more on the roads over here. Driving in the UK is such a pleasure compared to what it is over here. Roads here are more akin to the lunar surface than properly laid tarmac, and this after the second worst car and road tax in Europe. Sorry to hear how much tax they pay in Denmark Hoygaard......
I had a 1.6 156 earlier this year for a week and a half, and I fully agree abou the engine being gutless below certain revs. I found it kicks first around 3300, again around 4700 and through from 5700 to 6800. You definitely need gears. Your engine will get better with mileage as well, and think that you're only paying tax and insurance for a 1.6 as well Flanno. Bit of a result!
I also agree about the 185 tyres being more fun. They move around in their tyrewalls more than the 205/55 16's on my car, so initial turn-in isn't as sharp (also brake ONLY in a straight line to avoid setting yourself up for an instant Finnish Flick), but are more progressive on the limit than the 16's which are snappier.
I can only imagine that the sports suspension is completely the wrong setup for Irish roads, but the softer suspension is also way ahead in the wet - definitely a consideration for Irish conditions.