When travelling down roads I do not know, I always mind the speed limit, as you never know what's coming round the next bend or blind spot, school, child in road, speed camera etc.
On roads I know well I assess the conditions (road quality, weather etc), scan for hazards (pedestrians that could walk out, other road users, blind spots etc) and adjust my speed accordingly. Sometimes higher sometimes lower, as there are many national speed limit tiny little lanes barely more than one car wide where it's plain crazy to do 60mph!
Speed limits are there for the people who lack the intelligence or inclination to do the above.
i find when a gear wont engage properly, if you let the clutch out just to the point where it would begin to bite if it was in gear, while moving the gearstick into reverse or first, the gear will slip into place a lot easier, and then immediately press the clutch back down, otherwise the car will move.
I don't know exactly how gearboxes work but i guess by using the clutch you are helping to match the speeds of the different gears that are engaging
So I had purchased the superchips bluefin for my old 1.0 ZS, and loved it, the difference it made was awesome, felt more torquey than my ST. When I traded the ZS in I put the original map back on the car.
Today I decided to email superchips to get an idea on how much it would cost to reset the device so I could potentially use it on my ST. Got a quick reply to say that if i had put the original back on my old car, and had purchased the device less than 12months ago, then I could be entitled to a free reset, but that I needed to plug the device into my pc and connect it to their servers so they could verify the above is true.
So I did, they then reset the device, I went and plugged it into the ST, uploaded the original ST map to them, 20mins later I have an email to say the updated map is available. I download the map to my device, plug it back into the car and boom, Ive got a remapped ST for FREE!!
I'm mainly telling you guys this because I know of at least one other member who had a bluefinned ZS and has now got an ST (jordanch) but I guess there could be others, so if you still have the device I would recommend getting in touch with them before your 12months is up!
The difference on the ST standard to bluefin isnt as night and day as on the ZS, and as i havent had the car that long i was still getting used to it as standard. One thing I did notice on my short test drive is it seemed to limit boost in 1st gear standard, whereas now it is mental.
As Gary said, Cruise control cuts fuel, which instigates engine braking, which helps to keep the car at the set speed downhill, unless the hill is steep enough to create more gravitational pull than it takes to turn the engine, in which case gravity will make the car speed up. All depends on the gradient.
The little 1.0L doesnt have very much engine braking, probably because its 3pot and doesnt take much to turn the engine over. The ST has a fair bit more engine braking.
im picking up an ST3 next week and this is the only thing im worried im going to be disappointed with over my ZS. As already said, the ZS system sounds pretty good, ive upgraded stereo and speakers in all my previous cars, the last one being fully amped components with JL subs, and i havent felt the need in the ZS. Ok it doesn't shake the car or play the deepest notes, but its more than reasonably clear and has a decent frequency range.
If its that bad and i plan on keeping the ST for a while, i may have to pay someone to put a system in, as i cba doing it myself anymore.
i like mine too, i think how far back you have your chair will make a difference. Im 6'2" so i have my chair fairly far back and as low as it goes, then drive with right hand on the wheel and left on the armrest. Never seems to get in the way changing gears either...
I totally agree with you on the workman and tools analogy, I'm not a skilled racing driver. I'm not saying the brakes are unfit for general purpose, but that they are not good enough for fast driving, and the car is pretty quick. The nurburgring, alpine passes and autobahn are different from a closed race track in that you may need to stop from a high speed as quick as possible, and with the standard brakes, that ain't fast enough!
In contrast I have just test-driven an ST, and that could stop a hell of a lot quicker. The salesman was egging me on a fair bit so we were going quite quick. Back to back the brakes are uncomparable.
The ST really is a great car, and in the morning I should hopefully find out if the finance has been approved and the one ive put a deposit on will be mine!! Cant wait!
Haha thanks. 43mpg, which is very reasonable considering the speeds I was doing. On the two lane autobahn you pretty much do 60mph with the trucks or 100mph+ with everyone else. I got 48mpg from Manchester to Dover on the way to France, but that was the only part of the trip that I tried to stick to a reasonable 70-75mph and be economical. Even on the way back to Manchester last night at 2am it's safe to say I wasn't doing the speed limit.
That's all from the onboard computer too, i haven't measured it, all i know is I filled up 6 times and used it all