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  • in reply to: Congestion charge motorbility car #82501

    gothitjulie
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    Yes, congestion charge exemption gets picked up from the taxation class “disabled”, also happens with Dartford Crossing.

     

    in reply to: Multiple Spinal surgery tomorrow. #80247

    gothitjulie
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    Having been through spinal surgery in 2012,

    good luck, & don’t overdo the morphine.

     

    in reply to: Tesla Model 3s Finally Arrive In The UK #80063

    gothitjulie
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    A car is just a box with seats to get you from A to B, what it looks like is irrelevant.

    Now a motorbike is a work of art to be appreciated, so a Honda looks cheap and a Bimota looks gorgeously expensive. Both pass all cars very easily in town so have much more value.

    For the electric motorcycle world perhaps a Zero (https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2019/02/25/2019-zero-sr-f-first-look-11-fast-facts-about-electric-streetfigther/)

     

     

    in reply to: Tesla Model 3s Finally Arrive In The UK #80044

    gothitjulie
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    Although I would have an electric car, currently it’s not a practical option, but hopefully that will change in time.

    Problems:

    Difficult to charge where I park in front of my home, it’s a designated disabled space for me only but it’s across a pavement, so that would need to be sorted out.

    There’s a Tesla charge point in the local town, but no other charge points at all (despite being only 30 miles from Central London). What are you thinking Mole Valley?

    A journey to my parents is 255 miles, many of the charge points on the motorway services are out of order (I checked on Zap last night). Parents village has no charge points, nor does the local town.

    Currently running a diesel, previous car was also a diesel, I looked at hybrids both times. Next car currently looking like a hybrid, a Niro if it comes back on the scheme in its post-facelift guise, as they have got rid of the dreadful foot operated handbrake & replaced it with an electronic handbrake. All down to cost though, the Niro was £2400 AP the last time I changed car, the Alhambra was £1500 AP.

     

     

     

     

     

    in reply to: Tesla Model 3s Finally Arrive In The UK #79968

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    So an e-Niro is a bit cheaper initial cost. Good that there’s some competition.

     

    270 Wh/mi for the e-Niro

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  gothitjulie.

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    It works because cars imported from the EU will now attract the tariff that cars imported from elsewhere already do, so the price of something like a KIA remains the same & the EU stuff has to match the price or lose market share.

    in reply to: Using a ramp to load your scooter/wheelchair anyone? #48948

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    A few measurements will help you decide if it will work:

    The height of the boot lip from the ground to determine how long your ramp needs to be.

    The load height (height of the tailgate opening to determine if you can get your wheelchair in once it reaches the boot lip on the ramp.

    The minimum possible height of your wheelchair (seat folded down for instance).

    in reply to: Coasting a Dsg gearbox? #48892

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    VW DSG cars these days have a coasting feature. On my SEAT Alhambra it makes about a 5 or 6 mpg difference in fuel consumption. However, it does take some getting used to, & you can re-engage drive by flicking the brake pedal to use engine braking downhill. The coasting feature doesn’t work over 80mph, & there must be some other software involved as it will engage gear on steeper downhill sections of road without pressing either accelerator or brake. I find my car makes best use of the coasting feature on the motorway.

    Putting a manual car into neutral & coasting is illegal as you no longer have complete control.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  gothitjulie.
    in reply to: CVT or DCT which transmission should I have? #47055

    gothitjulie
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    I test drove the Kia Niro a year ago, the DCT gearbox was as good as the the DCT in my SEAT Alhambra, so don’t let that put you off the Kia or the Hyundai. I’ve been in a Yaris hybrid & that did a lot of whining but I guess you get used to it.

    There were a couple of things that put me off a bit with the Kia Niro, they were the parking brake (long left foot pedal that I found difficult but not impossible) and the way that it felt very “lazy” to accelerate although once I found the sport mode it went like a rocket, so that’s just the way the ECO mode is set up.

    Other than that I found the Niro a comfortable & well finished car but at the time the Alhambra was significantly cheaper, now the Niro is much cheaper than the Alhambra.

     

     

    in reply to: Thought the pricing was an April fools: #47053

    gothitjulie
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    Yes, I ordered my Alhambra Q2 2017, £1500 auto 150HP leather seats, electric doors & tailgate, etc. I wouldn’t be able to pay £3750 as it would trash my wheelchair budget.

    However, the Sharan SE Auto is £1949, so that would be a possibility, & pay for a carer to close the tailgate whilst I’m sat in the wheelchair… hmm.

    A year ago I also looked at the Kia Niro, & that has now reduced in price significantly on the scheme, but it could only carry my lightweight folding powerchair.

    Perhaps in another 2 years when Im ready to order I’ll have a lightweight folding powerchair with the capabilities of my main powerchair & I’ll be able to go for a smaller car such as the Niro. Else I’ll be looking at Berlingos, Caddys, & other van-things.

     

     


    gothitjulie
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    I’d potentially warn against the Citroen grand C4 in this specific instance. I had one & it was good, but the boot panels are weak & “flappy”. I cut a piece of 12mm ply to size & covered it with carpet squares & had no problems then with my powerchair sitting on it, although it was a tight fit heightwise getting it through the boot opening. Good car, great lack of fuel consumption.

    Currently have an Alhambra. Boot floor much more sturdy, but it’s a heavier car all round & it’s bigger than the Grand C4 so I dislike driving it when I go into London.

    I looked at the old x-trail, loved the seats, but didn’t like the boot sill height.

     

     

    in reply to: Unbelievable seat #29737

    gothitjulie
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    Speak to motability, ask them to fulfil the contract

    in reply to: Adaptions #29707

    gothitjulie
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    In a letter I received from motability just before I returned a car recently it said I could remove any adaptations, so I guess you own the adaptations. (I didn’t remove them because they were specific to the car, a left foot flip down accelerator pedal & the new car needed a different type).

    Phone motability if you want to be certain.

    in reply to: Seat Alhambra #29442

    gothitjulie
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    Thankyou everyone for contributing to this thread.

    I picked up my Alhambra 2.0 150ps DSG in romance red, yesterday. Loving it so far.

    Display telling me I’m averaging 50 mpg so far, but mainly slow motorways (M3 still 50 through the roadworks), dual carriageways & fast A roads as yet.

    It uses more fuel than my C4 grand picasso, but I knew it would, I got around 54mpg on that & expect around 47 mpg on the Alhambra.

    Only thing I’m missing from the C4 is the active cruise control. I’m not missing the clonking rear suspension, the rolling back on slight inclines at traffic lights, & the pausing whilst it changes gear pulling out onto a roandabout.

    Things I’m liking about the Alhambra that the C4 GP didn’t have are the opening sunroof, the extra pulling power pulling onto the motorway or a dual carriageway, navigating either from my iPhone or the built in sat nav, & the way it way it doesn’t lean so much in corners.

     

    in reply to: Seat Alhambra #29441

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    I chatted with my dealer yesterday when I picked up my Alhambra, he said that they are getting so many orders that the factory can’t cope & that’s the reason for the increase in price this quarter.

    From order to delivery took 3 months & 3 days for mine, I think I’ve been lucky.

    in reply to: Dealer experiences #29253

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    So far I’ve found some pretty decent dealers I think.

    Current car I got from Freeborn Citroen near Guildford, no problems whatsoever with the dealer. Servicing & recalls sorted without fuss & free coffee if I wanted it (went for a wander in the lovely park opposite instead each time).

    Next car arrives next week hopefully, SMC SEAT Aldershot. They have kept me informed all along the process thus far, & were good when I went car shopping back in April. Their Woking branch were not so good.

    Wilson’s in Epsom did the last service of my Citroen & again they were great, although they did insist on cleaning the road dirt off the car which I’d carefully cultured on the front whist motorway cruising that week.

    Barons BMW in Farnborough were very welcoming when we popped in, & they twisted my arm into test driving an X1 whilst I was there. Very impressed with the service, just don’t like the cars.

    Gatwick Kia were another dealership that impressed, I’d popped in to look at a few cars, stopped when I noticed a Kia Nero, & I was immediately offered a test drive which I accepted.

    Ford dealers, hmm, not treated quite so well at the two I’ve visited, they can keep their cars because of that.

    Mercedes, nope, they were not interested in someone in a wheelchair.

    Nissan, nope, again poor service.

    So, it’s a bit mixed out there, don’t be disheartened, just complain to the manufacturers UK head office when their dealerships are poor.

     

    in reply to: New Car delivery Times #29067

    gothitjulie
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    Hi AlanM

    Ordered Alhambra 2.0 TDI 150 SE Lux auto on 15th April, was told estimated delivery date of 26th August.

    25th June I received an email saying:

    “Just a quick line to let you know that your new car is now built and in transit to the UK.

    When it arrives it will be allocated a registration number and then we can arrange a collection day.”

    So, nothing about a leather shortage (I went for the standard black leather).

    in reply to: Q3 Motability prices 1st July 2017 …. Reactions please. #28995

    gothitjulie
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    SEAT Alhambra SE Lux 150PS DSG now Xcellence 150PS DSG was £1499 now £1899

    There were 4 models of the Alhambra on the scheme, SEAT is now showing 7 models (added the S trim 150PS diesel in manual & auto for £1999 which is more than the SE or Xcellence, & added back in the SE 1.4 TSI petrol manual at £1999)

    Glad I have my Alhambra on order, it was built a week ago.

     

    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  gothitjulie.
    in reply to: Car with electric handbrake #28889

    gothitjulie
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    I have a Citroen C4 grand picasso semi-auto diesel which has an electronic handbrake, but it also has the auto gear selector on the right above the steering wheel.

    A word of caution though, the auto-hold hill  function doesn’t work on slight inclines so you’ll be using that electronic handbrake a lot & the toggle is on the dash to the left of the steering wheel.

     

     

    in reply to: Hybrid cars? #28280

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    I’m wondering if they’re running the tyres with air pressures too high so as to give the impression of greater fuel economy & that’s why they feel fidgety at higher speeds.

    I found the Skoda Octavia very difficult to get in & out of due to it being a low seating position, plus I’ve no hope of getting my large powerchair in either the Octavia or the Niro of course, but I have a lithium powered small wheelchair too that I use most.

    As for the Government, they’re between a rock & a hard place when it comes to increasing tax on diesel, they rely on their rural consituencies for votes & we need our diesels to cover the distances. I think it’ll come down to penalising diesel cars in towns & cities where the pollution is a problem instead, such as the scheme proposed for London.

    I think that I’ll just hope that hybrid cars progress in the next 3 years like I hoped they would three years ago, & go with another diesel in the meantime.

     

    in reply to: Hybrid cars? #28267

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    Hi womblingfree. I test drove a Kia Niro today & was fairly impressed by the smooth transition between the electric & petrol. Not too sure about it on the motorway though, it seemed a little fidgety on the 18″ wheels.

    I’m tempted, but I can find a more practical diesel on the scheme that suits my high motorway mileage better.

     

    in reply to: Seat Alhambra #27889

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    I filled up the AdBlue on a rental Alhambra, the manual at the time said something about filling up with more than a certain amount at a time to reset the countdown so I bought a big 10 litre tub of the stuff & used it all. Cost was 15 Euro & it was just outside Monaco so a bit far to take it to a UK dealer. Make certain that you follow the procedure correctly though if you do fill it yourself. The filler is behind a panel on the nearside boot wall.

    The rental Alhambra was an SE Lux 150PS DSG & had done about 13,000 miles when it started to give the countdown, to give you some reference of when it might start needing the AdBlue.

     

    in reply to: Complaining about the current cap. #27886

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    Alhambra, Galaxy, Sharan, all cars that can just about accomodate a powerchair being loaded into the back, some using ramps, some using a hoist, & still allowing a reasonable number of seats. Other cars are unsuitable & have no value whatsoever to a powerchair user with a family. I’ve had a powerchair loaded in a Citroen C4 Picasso, but the powerchair had to have parts removed to achieve it. I’d suggest this is the reason for these cars avoiding the cap.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  gothitjulie.
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