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Why am I telling you all this when today's post is an update on how I'm getting on with Leif, my lovely Skoda Citigo that I bought back in May? Well, all is well except Leif has developed a nasty niff. That's because I managed to spill that milk that I'm crying over in his back footwell. All my efforts to erase the smell have been in vain. I've scrubbed, stream cleaned and applied air freshener directly to the carpet. Any handy hints on resolving the situation would be jolly handy indeed!
Other than that, I'm ever so happy with my pretty little car. It's good to be back in the Volkswagen-Audi fold from where I think I'll never stray again. Granted Leif, with his one litre engine, can be a little sluggish up hills and I've had to get niftier at gear changing. To counter that though, journeys where the average fuel consumption tips well over 55mpg are the norm. Comfort on long journeys is good and the sound system is brilliant. It encourages me to sing my little heart out, a perfect pick me up when stuck in a traffic jam. Adding the accompaniment of tuneless backing vocals to the songs of my favourite artists in the privacy of my own car means that time flies by.
And for a little fellow, Leif is positively Tardis-like. I've worked out that the best way to save fuel is, of course, not to drive at all. So I was jolly pleased to be able to persuade other parents to share the task of picking up grubby boys from school after orienteering club on Monday evenings When my turn falls every three weeks, there's plenty enough space for three lanky boys, a ton of mud and seemingly vast amounts of school kit. Evidence I think against the common claim round here that once there is a brood in tow, you positively need a chunky 4WD vehicle. I think I've proved that, for most journeys, a teeny weeny square car does the trick!