Yep always been a manual guy. Weird that the ratios and final drive are higher than the auto, hence the economy being actually lower than the auto. Interesting if that was a marketing vs engineering decision to push sales of the auto...
During the test drive I thought the clutch take-up point was a bit high, I wonder if that's adjustable on these cars.
I take delivery of the car next week, and here's my plans/thoughts, feedback very welcome!
Planning to keep the car 3-5 years, no major mods aside from the tinting and black powder coat on the wheels (I think!), just great tyres, oil and fuel.
- empty the first tank and then use BP Ultimate exclusively;
- change to Nulon/Mobil 1 and K&N Oil filter - should I just wait until the first service, is that the atypical 1500kms free service, and get them to use my oil and filter then? Is a K&N oil filter appreciably better than oem?
- I was going to put in a K&N air filter too, but reading here and there people tend to say it's mostly a placebo and waste of money in a non-turbo non-modified car.
-tyres. OEM Dunlops yuck. Always been a tyre guy and used Pilots in the past. Struggling to justify another $1K straight after buying the car, assuming the nearly new OEM tyres wouldn't be worth much on a trade. Thoughts?
- paint treatment. Of course the dealer's trying their best to convince me to drop $1200 on their receommeded "Perfexion" brand. I have a quote from Opticoat for Pro+ paint and interior leather for $1345 incloading loan car. Seems to be the way to go, assuming again that I couldn't achieve anywhere near the same at home with purchased products.