Rons Dodgy

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Hi it’s Cooper

yes surprise surprise I’m posting! I lost my user name and password and i’m sticking to that excuse ha!

Anyway, Yes The New Anchor Man movie is creeping our giddy little way and everyone seems very excited about this, even the people from Dodge, they have Ron Burgundy in the new commercial for The Durango. It’s very clever funny and worth watching them all. . . .

So eh here you go.

We Will Amarok you!

I love Pick up trucks!

They are big powerful capable man thing that men want and need . .

The VW Amarok is a monster of a pick up truck  which is un-tractor like and more car feel with mad torque and an urge to do some manwork!

Volkswagen Amarok

It’s a high ride the Amarok which gives you a comfortable view in traffic, and while its sitting in bumper to bumper congestion it humming away looking for the nearest puddle or muddy field to trundle through. I would love to try this with an automatic transmission because the transitions between 1st and 2nd in manual were not the smoothest, I don’t put this down to my clutch shift control, I think as its a work horse it’s like this pick up need to remind you “hey we’re in gear, let’s go”

As it is comfortable and very fun to drive, it is a commercial vehicle and will work hard for you and your needs. The Load bay is big and ready to take the weight and deliver. And inside had loads of space for your crew.

Amarok inside

I was looking forward to taking the Amarok off road but due to me falling over and smashing my knee I couldn’t drive a manual transmission so I had to get it back to Volkswagen and get an automatic. But judging by it handling on a dodgy back country road with flooding it would do just fine and dandy!

I did get the Amarok back and picked up a VW Caddy 7 seater passenger .

Well if your into your out door stuff like biking surfing and need to take your crew with you, including luggage and gear The Caddy is your man! Ha i’d love to see the Caddy get a bit more height and 4×4 it would make an awesome SUV.

The room inside the Caddy was great, 2 back rows of seats, the 1st takes ISO fix for kids seats but not the back row, which if needed for more space you can just slide out! #handy

Caddy inside yea

Loads of headspace and storage above the driver with a deep shelf, under floor storage behind and little nets along the roof.

There was also an awesome bike rack on the lift up back door! Which is something that i don’t get why do mpv’s have a lift up back door? Would  a double opening door not be more convenient?

The automatic transmission was so smooth, and an actual pleasure to drive, when i had to bring it back, I’m not kidding my daughter Elizabeth (4) cried she said she loved that van and wanted me to keep it!

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I would recommend this as a family car and a recreational car too, with loads of space, fuel efficient, comfortable and has a cheeky stylish look to it!

Love for the Bug

This is the VW Beetle that i was testing out!

It was the one of the most comfortable cars i’ve driven, i think the heated red leather seats might have added to the sensation of comfy!

It was a 1.4 TSI engine which gives loads of torque in low revs, which made this little bug a very fun car to drive! It was a real pleasure, luxury and cheeky at the same time! I’m sure that this car really love to be driven, especially in and out of muddy puddles.

The feel was great but obviously conscious that the last model was a very female styled car, even with a flower holder, this new model has been working out and has gained muscles but still contains that sexy style that comes with the beetle reputation.

A beautiful finish on the interior with a shiny black retro styled dash and the speaker surrounds have a light round them that you can change the colour to suit your mood Red, Blue, white or switch them off!

The media player is a sweet bit of kit it has an SD card smack bang in the front panel that you can play all your playlists off, or you can plug your ipod into the cable provided in the glove compartment!

One thing i couldn’t figure out was the phone, was there as bluetooth on it? I don’t know because for the life of me i couldn’t figure it out! And i was determined not to read the manual , so I was without a phone. (Stubborn as you can get)

I did however have to refer to the owners hand book though, after much searching and nearly pulling apart of the car, I had to go to the book to figure out how to open the petrol cap, I’m used to flicking that switch by your seat to open it, but no the beetle has to be touched, you just simple press the cap and it pops open! While I’m on the subject of petrol and filling up, I did have to make 2 pitstops during the week, just throwing a tenner in mind, but i thought that this car as much as i love it, it seems to like courtyards in petrol stations, maybe it’s like herbie and wants to show itself off under the glistening lights that show off its curves! But the 1.4 tsi didn’t suit my driving, long journeys, country roads and motorways! It seemed to be a bit to thirsty for me, saying that, in the City it was great, so that’s where the petrol engine will win over a Diesel.

There are Diesel engines available in the new Beetle even a TDi which i’ll have to check out!

It got snowed on too!

 

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Which i then discovered that the window / door design lets rain and snow fall in when you open it!

Boot space! Well check this out, pleanty of boot space for 2 CDJs my over night bag and gig bag! I’d even get a Mixer and more in there! And the back seats fold down flat so yup a rig would fit in too! We did fit Dave H in it too CLICK HERE

BEETLE SPORT 1.4TSI 160HP M6F Sport Petrol

I actually miss driving it, It’s one of those cars that you love the inside and out!

Cooper & The GT86

For 6 days I had the pleasure of driving Toyota’s GT86. Or ‘the new sports 2 seater rear wheel fun machine’ as I like to call it!

2 Ltr Boxer engine with 200bhp

Here’s the Keys Mr Cooper have fun see you next Tuesday, Sorry? We’ll see you Tuesday when you have to return the car . .

Now where does the key go?

This was like an attention seeking teenager, even sitting outside my house I could see it tempting me to go out to play, Any excuse to go out in it, do we need milk? Are you ok for chocolate? I think I left my coat in work! This GT86 is a fun car to drive, but it hates traffic, like that teenager, impatient!

Comfort? As its a sports car you’d expect it to be a little less comfortable but the GT86 is comfy enough to sit in. It’s Smart Entry & Start System is very handy, no need to take the key out of your pocket to get in and start the car! I miss that!

Handling wise on the road, really sits well on motorway – so firm and steady, back roads is where this car comes into its own, it feels all the bumps, which actually helps you drive it to its potential, like flying by the seat of your pants as helicopter pilots do. The anti-skid control is unbelievable. It is a rear wheel drive so you expect some swing and it does, enough sometimes to make your heart jump and give you that instant cold sweat feeling from your head to toe, but the traction control kicks in to straighten you out and keep you nice and safe. I drove this in minus degrees so ice on the road  made me very think, “I’m going to be all over the shop with this” but no it held its own.

Inside? The bucket seats on this model were a soft touch cloth and would probably have a longer life if they where leather as they look a bit dated. And saying that the interior does look a little dated, the dials are nice and big but it did remind me of driving my 1992 Honda Prelude. Saying that, it’s not about how the inside looks, the outside attracts so much attention.

When parked up, I watched people not walking by but stopping to look and see what it was before giving that yeah that’s cool nod as they made their way. Driving in the city it turned heads, created finger pointing and on motor ways I actually found some cars slowing down to take a look before moving on. It is a very good looking car.

The entertainment system was very good, a large touch screen with a port for USB, Aux and blutooth the only complaint about the media player is the volume pot was very small and would be great if there where steering controls for it.

Lights > They are Daytime running lights (LED type)

Would I buy it? Eh, there is no leg room in the back for the seats and we have for the kids so no, this is not for me, unless it was just for playing with at the weekends!

Lots of fun!

FROM TOYOTA IRELAND BELOW:

At a Glance – GT86 Features

The GT86 is an entirely driver-oriented vehicle. Conceived to focus specifically on the core attributes of the classic sports car experience, it gives form to the intrinsic joy of driving through precise, instantaneous response to even the smallest throttle or steering inputs, for those who regard driving as a passion rather than a necessity.

The GT86 combines the technical constraints of the most compact dimensions possible, a low centre of gravity and excellent, F1 technology-inspired aerodynamic performance with evocative, sweepingstyling recalling the heritage of past Toyota sports cars. The GT86 perfectly embodies the iconic, legendary racing history of Toyota. A proud racing history and, with the new GT86, an exhilarating future.

Main Features Standard

  • Cruise control
  • TORSEN® Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
  • Smart Entry & Start System
  • Climate Control (dual zone control)
  • Rear spoiler
  • Daytime running lights (LED type)
  • Toyota Touch System featuring 6.1″ colour touch screen display, Enhanced Bluetooth® functionality, iPod® control from touch screen, iTunes album cover art displayed, Trip information and vehicle settings
  • USB port and AUX socket for audio connectivity – Connection to iPod, USB Flash Drive etc
  • Front power windows
  • Knee airbag: Driver
  • Front airbags: Driver & Passenger
  • Side airbags: Driver & Passenger
  • Curtain shield airbags: front & rear
  • Traction Control (TRC)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • ISOFIX: child seat restraint system
  • 3-spoke leather steering wheel
  • Leather gear lever
  • Leather hand brake
  • Chrome exhaust pipe finisher
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • 6-speaker CD(WMA & MP3)/Radio audio system
  • 17″ alloy wheels with 215/45R tyres (10 spoke design)
  • Kneepads on instrument panel
  • Front fog lamps
  • Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats
  • Aluminium pedals
  • 4 seats