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#1 jeebowhite

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:18 AM

Before I continue, maybe I should qualify - I appreciate the convenience that they offer, but the engines they offer...

 

I took my CMAX to the poorly cars hospital down the road to fix its weird ABS issues, and the dealer has given me a new motor (650miles on the clock). its a 13 plate Fiesta, but its a 1.25 80hp, and it just feels so sleepy!

 

I suspect its more a case that I am overly familiar with the turbo and extra 30hp, but just putting my foot on the gas it just doesnt like to move!

 

Question to you - how are you when you drive a courtesy car? do you find yourself in the same situation? I know recently members have had their vehicle in for repair and ended up with things like daeweoo matoz' and similar... I thought that the benefit of offering you a sweet courtesy car was that you appreciate the look and file and it tempts you to chop your car in and buy one there and then!



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#2 Stoney871

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:34 AM

I had that pokey little Chevy Aveo last year and had to drive it like a boy racer to get any kind of life out of it.
I believe a courtesy car should be of comparable type/performance to your usual vehicle.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:48 AM

I had that pokey little Chevy Aveo last year and had to drive it like a boy racer to get any kind of life out of it.
I believe a courtesy car should be of comparable type/performance to your usual vehicle.

It used to be like that years ago, depending on what you drove depended on what they gave you, but these days they shoe horn you in cars so small they can only fit engines with 3 cylinders in them, our lass had a small Citroen the other week as she had a little bump, it was horrible, why anyone would buy one I have no idea.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

The only 2 times in recent history I've had courtesy cars, are after a collision, neither of which were my fault, the first time I ended up with a, (And don't shoot me), Poxhall Vectra, nice car, but totally uncomfortable, the seats were like sitting on a wooden bench, and the second time was a VW golf 2.0 TDI.

 

Of the two the golf was the better, I enjoyed it so much I considered buying one, and for a staunch ford driver that's saying something, other than that I've not had much to do with courtesy cars



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:43 AM

I had a virtually brand new pug (1000ish miles and still finding bits of protective film over switches)

1.2 petrol that sounded like an old tractor! For it's size, it wasn't too bad - just a pity it sounded awful and then interior was apparently a 99p store plastic special.

I spoke to the chap at the accident repair centre and he was mortified when I told him how crap it was. He did offer me an Alfa 159...until he realised itt was already out :-(

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:26 PM

Its crazy, if you have a "luxury" motor, you get a "luxury" car... I have a mate who bought a BMW 3 series, he had a van rear end him whilst he was on business, started driving a Jaguar S type for the next three weeks.

 

But then for us folks, maybe we aren't luxurious enough...

 

Again, I love the idea, and the fact that I still have four wheels under me is appreciated! Beats faffing around looking for a lift to the office 30 miles away.... When I had the Cee'd I was given a courtesy car by that dealer of a 1.6 Nissan Note Diesel Auto and it was a nice motor to drive, it was quick, and didn't feel awkward to drive. Then you compare it to the Fiesta, which (is nice enough to drive) but its just underpowered, and when you start an overtake, you dont really want to be shouting at the car in the hope that it is the only thing that will increase its speed from 60 - 70 in less than 20 minutes!



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:20 PM

I think the idea of a courtesy car is to see you through and keep you mobile till you get your own car back, so anything with 4 wheels and get you from A to B will do.

 

The other options, if you dont like them is the bus, bicycle or walk :lol:



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:46 AM

I think the idea of a courtesy car is to see you through and keep you mobile till you get your own car back, so anything with 4 wheels and get you from A to B will do.
 
The other options, if you dont like them is the bus, bicycle or walk :lol:

True...but, it's human nature to moan about them :-P

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:11 AM

agreed... My rant was mainly sparked from the fact that work has been a nightmare, and I have been dreading the last few days, then I am stuck in the outside line jumping up and down in the drivers seat trying to speed it up (Jeremy Clarkson style!)

 

I'm happy now though, got my bus back!



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:26 AM

True...but, it's human nature to moan about them :-P

fair enough, i can understand that one :lol:



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:35 AM

Ive only been given a courtesy car once (12 months ago). I was given an old R reg honda something, it was filthy, had a slow puncture, running low on oil, and smelt awful................... It was great, i got to keep driving while mine was off the road :lol:

 

It also allowed me to drive something different for a change and appretiate mine more.

 

The annoying thing about it is, when i took my car in to frauds two years ago to fix a few problems. which ment I ended up having to go back 4 times as they were absolutely useless and didnt do the job right the first time.

Each time though they would say leave it with us and we will give you a ring when its done. And everytime, a differet bloke would come in to drop a car off, in a fancy suit and briefcase, and each time ford staff would run around after them, kiss their !Removed! and give them a courtesy car and say it will be ready for whatever time in the afternoon. Just because I wasnt some big business man I got frig all and would have to wait a week, without a car, just to find out they had screwed it up again.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Unfortunately commercial business gets priority, which is a shame, if only they had a dedicated team who deal with commercials and a seperate dedicated team to residential use! that would give better results!

 

Still I cant complain, my dealership seems to be one of very few who are honest and trust worthy!



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:35 PM

I think the idea of a courtesy car is to see you through and keep you mobile till you get your own car back, so anything with 4 wheels and get you from A to B will do.

 

The other options, if you dont like them is the bus, bicycle or walk :lol:

 

Usually I'd tell myself the same, but then I ended up with a 62 plate Fiat Panda once as a courtesy car. I'm sure I need say nothing more.

 

The 61 reg Mazda2 I had on another occasion though was great!



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:44 PM

James mate don't forget your cmax is a diesel and has alot of low end torque that's something petrol engines lack. Never had a courtesy car myself but if i did i would enjoy redlining it



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 11:47 AM

dont I know it Kurt, but even trying to redline the begger, it didnt want to move!

 

Having said that, it had so few miles, its probably still breaking in, maybe thats why it refused to put out for me...



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