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My way of driving and what it does to my car

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View Poll Results: This is my driving style
I drive hard, use full throttle and max revs - and have had no issues 25 6.08%
I drive hard, use full throttle and max revs - and have had problems 2 0.49%
I drive moderately hard and floor it from time to time - and have no issues 232 56.45%
I drive moderately hard and floor it from time to time - and have had problems 42 10.22%
I drive very gently, low revs and little throttle mostly - and all is OK 100 24.33%
I drive very gently, low revs and little throttle mostly - and have had problems 10 2.43%
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Old Nov 2nd, 2010, 22:55   #1
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I'd like to know the driving styles and what effects it has had on your car, especially the engine.
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Old Nov 2nd, 2010, 23:22   #2
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option 3 for me, tyres are the only problem.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2010, 00:36   #3
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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,

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but the 2.0D loves it this way... who am I to deprecate?!
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Old Nov 3rd, 2010, 10:17   #4
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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.
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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!
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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.
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I drive rather low reved... Mostly at about 2.000 rpm the gear is changed. At 50 km/h (approx. 30 mph) I'm already in 5th gear.

The engine has abolutly caused no problems what so ever. The gearbox - well, I don't talk about it. What my biggest problem in the C30 is, is basially the front suspension. The top steering bearings have been changed so often, about at least once a year... of course, both sides... My AC had a sheared pipe and didn't work. My drivers seat clicked/clacked in curves. My steering coloumn rattled quite heavily. My headlights get damp from inside and are currently filfthy (from inside!). The fogs are basically blunt.

Otherwise... All fine
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Do you think your 19" wheels can have anything to do with your suspension issues?

My box is sometimes reluctant to engage 1st and reverse, hot or cold, but I'm used to it, use a bit more force and have stopped "brushing teeth". 6th also require a determined push to the side before pulling the stick back. Otherwise it is good.

My headlights had fog inside after use for a few days when the car was new, but I haven't noticed later on.

Do you think your 19" wheels can have anything to do with your suspension issues?
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Do you think your 19" wheels can have anything to do with your suspension issues?

My box is sometimes reluctant to engage 1st and reverse, hot or cold, but I'm used to it, use a bit more force and have stopped "brushing teeth". 6th also require a determined push to the side before pulling the stick back. Otherwise it is good.

My headlights had fog inside after use for a few days when the car was new, but I haven't noticed later on.

Do you think your 19" wheels can have anything to do with your suspension issues?
No, because I only got the 19"s this year, but have had the car 3 years and in the 3 years have had to have the bearing changed very often. The issues are there even on 15" steel rims (the lightest rims you can get).

I think, the issues are due to my car being a very very early C30 (ws built MY 2007 but left the factory 2006) and due to it having the lowering kit. Oddly, the suspension issue is also on 2009 and 2010 C30ies...
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Daim, isn't the C70/S40/V50 built over the same floor and technology? Is this perhaps a common weakness? Does your daily drive consist of a lot of rough roads?
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