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faffi Nov 2nd, 2010 22:55

My way of driving and what it does to my car
I'd like to know the driving styles and what effects it has had on your car, especially the engine.

gkaloy10 Nov 2nd, 2010 23:22

option 3 for me, tyres are the only problem.

Guru Nov 3rd, 2010 00:36

A mixture of 1, 3 and 5 actually. As long as I'm the only one driving on the road, I'm gentle. If, however a car appears in my rear view mirror then I throttle not to be overtaken! especially on B roads and such, and if a car appears in front of me I go> shoots, you just have to be overtaken... I know,

I'll get my coat and book an appointment with my therapist

but the 2.0D loves it this way... who am I to deprecate?!

Welton Nov 3rd, 2010 10:17

I've always driven using the full engine power BUT I am sympathetic and let the engine reach full temperature for a while first. With a cold engine I am extremely careful not to labour the engine but not to over-rev (say, no more than 2500-3000 revs) until warm.

I don't like using too high revs (except my Honda VTEC I had) but I will use full throttle and have the engine pulling hard through the gears.

I can honestly say I've never 'ruined' any of my engines btu am very careful about oil changes and being kind to them when cold.

Jonnieb2009 Nov 3rd, 2010 13:44

The consensus-3 mostly.

Occassionally 1 when I'm in a sporting mood or someone like the mad polo driver I regularly get up my backs@de and 5 the last couple of days as its been wet on roads with plenty of leaves - also trying to get back to the 30 mpg driving style - at 29.9!

SiRS2000 Nov 3rd, 2010 17:56

Mainly between 3 & 5 with the odd spot of 1 for good measure, to be honest the roads I generally drive on don't let you drive any other way than 3 to 5, mainly 5 due to the amount of slow traffic.

Marmoset Nov 4th, 2010 22:49

3 here but, as above, wait until it's nicely warmed up before a proper flooring occurs!

fenton_jd Nov 6th, 2010 15:33

It's important to remember, ESPESCIALLY with modern diesels that they are choked from the factory with EGR/DPF systems that are there purely to reduce emissions.

Yes diesels are out of the torque band at 4k+ rpm but they still need a good blast to clear all the recirculated crap.

Every so often I used to sit my 2.0d on the motorway in 3rd gear at 70mph hovering a tad below the redline and leave it there for a couple of miles.

I put that down to the reason I never had EGR or regeneration issues.

Blast it out etc

Ringo Nov 6th, 2010 21:52

Option 3 for me also,although like marmoset I tend to wait until the engines warmed up nicely. The only drawback I have is that swmbo has somehow managed to figure out my speed without looking at the speedo & usually comments on it(Damn!!!)

Ade B Jan 2nd, 2011 21:22

Option 2
I drive hard, use full throttle and max revs - and have had problems

Anyone who says they don't have issues from driving flat out daily either doesn't or is fibbing!
Alternators fall to pieces from prolonged high revs, pistons rings wear out and clutches and synchros are common issues in my cars.

Although I never get sticky brakes, clogged up breathers and electrical issues often fix themselves due to lots of heat, haha....

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