Sunday, 21 August 2011
First stop - the Ford Fiesta Econetique. On the positive side, it's comfy inside, looks great, all my camping gear fits into it easily and Louis loves the voice activated stereo system. It keeps him and his little mates amused for hours. It's also over thirty pounds a month cheaper than my old lease car and over the three years this saving pays for a fortnight away in France so its not to be sniffed at. However Like the Fiesta is a bit less gutsy performance wise than my old Skoda Fabia, although it's not embarrassing weedy like the motorhome on a hill. But what was I expecting, given the eco tag? Other downsides are that its air conditioning and parking sensors aren't up to the same standard as in the Volkswagen group vehicles. I can't turn the front airbag off either so Louis has been relegated to the back seat on journeys that we make without Mr Lovelygrey. More importantly, I don't yet seem to be achieving the fuel savings I was expecting but perhaps I might when the 'mythical' running in period is over. We'll see.
And that Quechua 4:2 tent? Well, on its first three outings it came home in a partially popped up state in the back of the car leaving me reliant on the wing mirrors to see behind. Only Mr Lovelygrey seems to be able cast his magic and get it back into the bag!