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Picked up the new car on Monday 2nd Nov & highly satisfied with it. The car has been fitted with a towbar & electrics, spare wheel & jack + the electric air pump & sealant kit. The car was driven back the 80 odd miles home & was very impressive . I have owned a previous model diesel Outback for 7 years & been very happy with it but the new one is far superior. On paper the engine is the same as my old one but in reality is a lot more user friendly, the spread of power is over a lot wider rev range & it certainly shows in driving, the in gear pickup is very flexible & even though the car had only 12 miles on the clock it was very flexible & cruised in near silence at 60 in 6th gear. The built in Sat Nav / entertainment system was spot on, on the A38 near Ripley the fuel warning light came on & the Sat Nav immediately gave me a list of service stations to choose from, I picked the nearest by touching the screen & it took me off at the next junction & straight to the garage where I filled up the tank at £1. 06 a litre, very impressive after having used a Snooper for the last 3 years. I spent Yesterday connecting it up to the van to try out the towbar & test the electrics through the new 13 pin socket, everything was perfect including a beeping telltale for the caravan indicators. The only slight problem was the tow hitch which was painted a very shiny black, I spent half an hour today with my drill & a wire brush & emery cloth getting a lovely metal surface. The only other job today was removing the old number plate from the caravan & fitting the new one, the new plates don't have the EU logo on them so I've ordered a set of two from Amazon to stick on the plates, two yellow, two white. The remainder of the day was spent trying to get to grips with all the new gadgets & controls that seem to be standard on today's cars. I'll put a few pictures on here when I get time & the weather improves.
Not sure if you have seen it posted in the "special offers and competitions" section. .. here's a linky to it. ..http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/58998-caravan-talk-soft-roading-week-in-france/ But as its a read only thread I though I'd post here. Mrs T and I have said we will be polishing up "tug 'n van" so we look presentable when we arrive! (and of course not to let the side down when towing through French France!) I think this is one of those events that will be talked about for years. ... for all the right reasons of course! FT PS. .. darn it, now I have to go and learn French so I can understand my GPS over there