General Driven anywhere nice lately?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jables667, Friday 26th Feb, 2016.

  1. Jables667 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thought I'd pose an opportunity to share some of our pleasant driving experiences with each other, even if it is a little esoteric. Plus I want to hear everyone shamelessly praising their cars and saying what they like most about them. Comfy? Fast? Like driving your favourite armchair? Tell me!

    Here's my most recent:

    It wasn't exactly under the best of circumstances. I was consoling a friend going through a break-up when mid-evening, she got a text informing her she had one hour to get her stuff from this guy's house, move out and go back to live with her folks. It's a good forty mile drive from here straight down a dual-carriageway which unfortunately has been receiving some much needed resurfacing for the last two years, holding us up with lane closures, diversions and escort vehicles. Surprisingly, we made it there in time despite all the average speed cameras and roadworks. We loaded the boot with space to spare and set off for her parents, a further fifteen or twenty miles. We unpacked her things and arranged her old room. Once everything had calmed down, we drove back to my house leaving at around 11pm. Taking into account all the roadworks on the dual-carriageway, we opted to drive back over Dartmoor towards Moretonhampstead, before finally hitting the A30.
    Despite it all, we had a lovely journey. For those who don't live around here, Dartmoor is a massive nature reserve in the South of England. From our starting point, there are a lot of neglected, bumpy, windy and hilly singletrack roads before you get to the reasonably well maintained B roads. Either way, no matter the weather conditions or time of day, it's a very bad idea to take these roads lightly and put your foot down. They require constant attention, two hands on the wheel and invariably you'll be shifting up and down the gears. And the journey was fantastic. The car performed wonderfully. The handling was beautifully responsive, while the power was perfectly adequate to take on the slopes without breaking a sweat. We barely noticed how bumpy the roads were as the ride was very comfortable, which was surprising since we've both always said how hard the standard upholstered seats in the 6th Generation Accords are. They were fairly hard in my old one too, while the seats in the Citroen were very soft. But this didn't bother us at all this time.
    She was especially enjoying herself with the stereo, playing music to help herself feel a bit better. We're both huge fans of the stock speakers in Honda cars. Despite their age, they're fantastic. The frequency response is beautifully sharp and clear. Never muddy and never distorted. And this is all with my personal EQ settings (an intermediate mid-scoop with bass and treble boosted) which some car speaker systems have found punishing.
    It took us about an hour and a half to complete the 70 mile journey, at the end of which she was fast asleep and I wasn't far off myself.

    Apologies for the rambling, but I am very impressed with the beastie. He's comfortable, responsive and above all fun to drive. I'm gonna keep him for many years ahead!
     
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  2. Duc de Pommfrit Moderator Staff Team

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    My drive last Monday
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  3. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    where abouts?
     
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  4. Duc de Pommfrit Moderator Staff Team

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    High up in the hills north of Rothbury, mid Northumberland.
     
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  5. exec Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Haven't driven anywhere nice in this weather and time of the year, hopefully in summer. Like you the favourite part of the Accord is its dual persoanlity, wonderfully comfortable when your cruising, but on a nice bit of county lane she handles fantastic and I have really pushed mine in the past, sometimes stupidly, but the car always reacts fantastically and always feel safe in it, even if there is bit of understeer releasing off throttle fixes it and i absolutely love the feel and feedback you get from the old school hydraulic steering, this is really important for me in a car as thats what directly connected drive to the road, moderns cars with EPS in comparison are so dead and isolated, feel like driving in Gran Turismo with PlayStation wheel.
     
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  6. AccordCU2 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Last summer mountains road on Poland/Slovakia borders.
    Fantastic roads with lots of sharp and steep bends etc.
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    @exec you keep saying how EPS is crap but you get used to it and after a while it doesn't feel that bad.
    My Accord have EPS and after having it for nearly 5 years i actually got no problem with it whatsoever.
     
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  7. Jables667 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    EPS? What dat? The newest car I've ever driven was a 2012 BMW 330d M-sport for all of twenty minutes before I decided I hated it. Flappy paddle transmission and all that esoteric electronic stuff that I will never understand. A friend goaded me into getting a brand new car on finance, you see. But again, it never appealed to me. There was that enormous feeling of distance between myself and the car. Within five minutes of getting back in the ol' '99 Accord, I was grinning from ear to ear. It's probably because it was my first car and I'd wanted one for so long that I'd bonded with it and flat out refused to scrap it.

    I hear you on the duality of the beast. As a younger, less careful and paranoid driver, I also pushed it pretty hard. Managed to top it out only once, and not once did it shake or feel beyond control. There was never a feeling of disconnect or that it might do something unexpected. No more of that, though. Besides all the immense risks that go with driving like a maniac, it makes the thing incredibly expensive to run. I recall a 50 mile journey costing around £20, which is ridiculous compared to my usual 100 mile round trip to see the missus costing around £8 at present.
     
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  8. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I don't do a whole lot of miles in my 6th Generation Accord, but as with @Jables667 and @exec I do love how responsive the 6th Generation is when you want to push it through bends and how much of a good cruiser they can be also. What I love to do most is when I am coming onto an onramp for a motorway or dual carriageway is accelerating up to speed using the full rev band and initiating some VTEC, I love the little kick it seems to give. I love how grippy and planted the car is also, but that might have something to do with my choice of tyres (Dunlop SP Sport Blueresponce)
     
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  9. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    @AccordCU2 after driving your car the other day, I got in mine, I thought, "Oh !! there's the front wheels, I can feel them !" LOL
     
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    Ha ha i agree it feels weird when you drive EPS and you are not used to it.
    To me it feels perfectly normal.
     
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  11. Jables667 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    That's another good point. Slip roads are the best. The noise of the 6th Generation is something one doesn't soon forget. It was a big part of buying a second one, in fact. The C5, despite having a blown exhaust and so sounding a bit boy-racer-y, did not compare. That and the gear ratios were far too... Economical. The difference between 1st and 2nd gear in terms of acceleration was huge. You could redline 1st, ram it into 2nd and the revs would drop significantly and disappointingly.
    Speaking of, I'm a little bewildered by my second Accord. My first would redline at about 6200rpm and wouldn't rev any higher, which was fine. My new one seems to rev up to around 7200 with no problems. What's up with that? It's pretty much the same engine except the first was a 1.8 and the new one is a 2.0... When I first got it it wouldn't rev higher than 4000 and the EM light was on, but whatever that was seems to have fixed itself showing no fault codes or a drop in performance.
     
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  12. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    must have been in some kind of limp mode, but don't know why, VTEC activates at around 4500rpm, so unless it was an oil pressure related issue?
     
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  13. Jables667 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Limp mode definitely. It meant that the car topped out at 85mph which made racing my old C5 home a very close one indeed. But you may be onto something there... The previous owner had let the sump run dry before selling and the car hadn't been used for months. The fault went away before I put oil in, but was still intermittent until the sump had been topped up.
     
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  14. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    that is very poor service, and I'd be concerned that there was some damage done from driving the car around with no oil in it.
     
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  15. Jables667 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    There doesn't appear to be anything obviously wrong, though as a precaution it has since been for a service. I'm also guilty of negligence with my first one. It didn't occur to me to check the oil in the two years I owned it until the engine was visibly smoking when I arrived at work. Luckily, I worked in a service station and was able to fill the oil before I left for home. The car didn't seem to suffer any long term damage, miraculously. I take that as a testament to Honda build quality, though that's not to say it can be neglected without consequence! :teasing: I'd had a problem with my C5 where it was burning or leaking oil somewhere and was getting through just over a litre of oil every month. But that's nothing compared to my friend's Golf I borrowed for a couple of weeks, which was getting through a litre of oil EVERY DAY. Surprisingly, that car's end was completely unrelated to the oil problem. The nearside driveshaft snapped. And all of these problems had a common origin: The car had a two inch ground clearance on 15" alloys with low profile tyres. Some things people do to their cars I will never understand.
     
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  16. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I don't understand the stanced thing with wide wheels, super stretched tyres and next to no ground clearence. The stretch makes them terrible to drive, even if they look good.
     
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  17. Heckler Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    A few weeks ago I had to take my folks and aunt up to Cumbria for a funeral, we rented a farm cottage for a few days which was lovely, the drive was up the M1 to Leeds then onto the A1 until Scotch Corner and then across the A66... it's that last bit that makes it worthwhile and you don't mind the extra 40 miles it adds to the trip.

    On the way back, we were more pressed for time so had to do the M6-M1 instead.
     
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  18. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Today I have been out and about an took a few photos with my new Nikon D7100 D-SLR camera.
    Well in reality my day was spent in the morning hoovering the carpets and getting the gravel off them that they always seem to collect, then clean the windows with Auto Glym window polish as they needed doing badly. Off to my local friendly roadside café for a lovely breakfast. Then off to the Moreton garden centre to visit Maidenhead Aquatics to get a pond bomb after spending the morning cleaning all of the algae off the sides of the pond, prior to the car care.
    Once this was done took a nice steady drive along Glyn Ceiriog and then back via Selattyn and finally a visit to Starbucks for some coffee. DSC_0553.JPG
     
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  19. Jables667 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Call me odd, but that sounds amazingly therapeutic. I've also done a quick wash and hoover today because it desperately needed it. The weather down in Devon has been appalling so the car's been muddy and dull for a while now. That and the children on my road have lousy parents so my car's sustained a dent or two along with a multitude of tiny, greasy handprints.

    I have a question for you, too. Do you have the original carpeted floor mats? I'm curious as to how hard they are to clean and keep clean. My car came with some cheap rubber mats but the originals are in the boot with some rust stains on them. I can get the worst of the staining off quite easily and I think they'd look much nicer than the nasty black rubber ones, but I worry that I'll end up ruining them...
     
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  20. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I have genuine Honda mats that I found on Ebay, since my car has a beige interior I got the beige mats to compliment it, I think they cost about £18 for the full set, they where brand new sealed. RRP I think is about £50 but they are hard wearing and I've so far never cleaned them, only hovered them. I will at some point get my interior professionally cleaned, which is about £40 IIRC localy. I do find cleaning my car very therapeutic, especially once its dry polishing it up and then waxing it. Its the kind of thing I could spend all day doing, usually on a Sunday in the summer months.

    However I wash the car almost every weekend, with my pressure washer, snow foam and then a bucket wash.
     
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