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  1. Interesting, although I did find the 1.6d in the Grand Picasso wanting, noisy, lacked power and generally a pain in the backside so was swiftly moved on. I found the Renaults a let down too which I was really surprised at as our Master van is excellent returning an average of 34 mpg which for a 3.5t van with a 6 speed auto is very good. Until this year my missus had the 2nd gen (2011) 6 speed 1.4d Toyota Verso which was bombproof. I've had mostly diesels for 13 years now, my first being a 3.0 Vectra which all had Izuzu engines and would easily get me from Haverfordwest to Raynesway in Derby and back on one tank, over 550 miles... The only problem I had on the earlier ones was the usual fuel filter issues which get sludgy if not changed every year which is simple enough, so much so that now manufacturers tend to fit them in an accessible place. Mind you I've only bought new since 2013 so I suppose previously I was buying other owners issues. My Yeti is a 2.0L 170 bhp and again got me from Haverfordwest to Dortmund in 2014 before I needed to refuel. I'm also one of those whose always had big cars as i'm the size of an outside loo. 1st & 2nd gen DPF's tended to have a sooting problem as they weren't getting to temperature due to mainly being only used for very short journeys or not driven hard enough as low sulphur and the newer ultra low sulphur diesels burn at lower temperatures thus taking longer to burn off particulate matter but that was cured by adding a second DPF and reburning exhaust gasses. If there's an issue it'll be manufacture not tech. It's changing... in 2015 fuel consumption for petrol engines stood at an average of 5.6L per 100km and diesel stood at 4.9L per 100km which was below the EU target by 2021 this must be reduced to 4.1L per 100km & 3.9L per 100km and it's not negotiable. If we look at C02, the EU target for 2015 was 130g per 100km but by 2016 this was well below at 118.1g per 100km again by 2021 this must be reduced to 95g per 100km. There will be a further reduction in 2025 but it's yet to be determined. A 747 using Pratt & Whitney of G.E plant produce 92g of C02 per 100km a 737 propelled by any plant derivative and fitted with a standard Hush Kit produces 90g per 100km. CFM's new LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion System) engines will produce less as they are far lighter having carbon fibre blades made using resin transfer molding and a bypass ratio of 9:1 compared to the standard 5.1:. It also has bladed discs formed from a single solid piece, ceramic turbo shrouds & 3D printed components. Fuel consumption will reduce by 16-20%.
  2. Rich, is it a Renault by any chance?
  3. Yep SFD, I don't doubt it...I'm talking Euro IV of which there are more of in all of their guises, especially the commercial variant. WARNING... History dictates that I tend to go on a bit. Feel free to tell me to shut up...! IN 2009/10 the Euro V ULSD engines were a massive game changer across all of the ranges and the Euro VI with the additive or the third filter reduces it further still especially as it's a worldwide harmonised drive cycle.This is the same for all diesel vehicles regardless of size & fuel consumption so I think it's fair to say that large MPV's or 4x4's aren't the gas guzzling planet killers others like to make out. also I think you'll find that your fuel consumption reduction is more to do with having a 6 speed gearbox as AdBlu on it's own raises it slightly by approx 5mpg. Larger family cars of all description are now seeing 7 or 8 speed gearboxes on smaller engines having just a factory remap to change the output. Soon we'll all be sitting on the motorway at 70mph with the engine at 1500rpm. Same goes for vans, PSA and others opt for AdBlue as it's the cheaper alternative to the third filter plus the ongoing refill costs can be handed on to the customer... Fiat have opted for the 3rd filter which has shown even better results. This is the first time in over 20 years that the PSA/Fiat partnership hasn't used the same engines particularly in the shared Sevel based, Boxer/Ducato/Relay platform and the French built Dispatch/Scudo/Expert/ProAce... It's interesting that KeynshamKid mentions his 1L petrol Grand C-Max, it's a larger polluter and less economical than it's 1.5L diesel sister. Strange but true. Petrol engines are the planet killers, diesels up until the turn of the century were first and foremost people killers. During Blair's 1st government it was all about C02 until the Health Ministers showed them all the figures regarding diesel particulates and their effect on lung tissue, blood flow etc. My missus was part of the EU & HMG's study which ultimately lead to the new strict diesel standards. Petrol engines will be next as it has always produced 15-20% more C02 than diesel and requires more energy (money spent) during refinement as returning it to a liquid requires higher temperatures plus diesel burners have been taken as far as they can. My missus bought one of Hyundai's full electric Ioniq's in March, I'm well impressed by it... comes in under 1.83m on the ferry too...honest guv!
  4. Yes but whether the Berlingo is an MPV or not isn't the issue is it. It's the added cost due to their mainstream height which again we've concluded that with a modicum of communication isn't really an issue at all when all of the variables have been discussed. The Berlingo Multispace IS an MPV and has always been, the clue is in the title, the they are a popular purchase because of their multi purpose use, if it was a glorified InterFlora van they wouldn't be. Roof bars don't determine the classification the manufacturer does. Whether a driver of one agrees or not is immaterial and I'd also argue that it's advertised versatility was part of it's appeal during the purchase process... You wanted the differing configurations an MPV offered. " Adaptable, spacious, bold. Berlingo Multispace MPV is the ultimate family vehicle." Citroen's words, not mine. As for cleaner cars, who cares how much fuel they burn? It's emissions that count. A modern 3.0, 262 bhp Porsche Cayenne 'yummy mummy school truck' is far cleaner than a 2005 1.9d Citroen Berlingo Multispace MPV and has better combined fuel figures too and I know by volume how many more of the latter are on our roads. Just think how popular they'll be when VW begin using their ADBlu Euro VI engines in them lowering the figures even more and as it's the overall topic of the thread, standing at just 1705mm max won't have Dick Turpin trying to nobble you for more cash at the check in booth due to the height of them or the traveller ultimately not using the booking engine correctly.
  5. The Range Rover isn't huge, it's an optical illusion, at full height they're still not as tall as a Citroen Berlingo, less than the 5m length constraint for all standard cars on all ferries and not as wide as a Ford Mondeo. It's the smaller & family cars which have grown not the traditional 4x4's which is possibly the crux of the matter. Mainstream vehicles now take up far more space than they did in the '80's & early '90's, take the size of a new VW Polo, it's bigger than a MkII Golf which was around when both Bretagne & Normandie were built.
  6. After a further chat I've learnt that It was mentioned last year that Peel had looked at relocating Stena as part of their Liverpool Waters expansion, in a similar way to how the IOM Steam Packet are to get a purpose built facility in Waterloo/Princes Half Tide Dock. This was as non starter as during a consultation it was found that one of the advantages and subsequent popularity of the Twelve Quays location is the proximity of the M53 and it's direct links to the M56 & beyond. Speaking to a couple of friends who work in Egerton House next to 12 Quays, they've been led to believe Stena are looking at utilising land adjacent to the Alfred Dock entrance to build two twin loading linkspans and dismantle the floating platform but again neither Peel nor MDHC have seen any initial plans and as you say, the clock is ticking. Portsmouth's 2012 Berth 2 expansion allows RoPax up to 240m to dock.
  7. That's true, many modern SUV's are light with surprisingly low braked towing limits. Most of them aren't particularly tall either, my Yeti is just 1645mm with bars. I was surprised at the standard Berlingo heights let alone the one's fitted with roof bars.
  8. You may want to look at Premier Inn's meal deals £24 for a starter or pud plus a main, drink and full breakfast. We did it twice last week in Inverness.
  9. Possibly nothing to do with the space it takes as it falls into the 5m x 1.83m the same as the Saab estate. It's more likely to do with security. Your travel details with the Saab had been handed over and convernance satisfied, your X-trail however had had no such scrutiny and was an unknown quantity. In July 2014 my missus came across to Caen to meet me, in my haste to book the return ferry I mixed up her reg number. when we returned via St Malo 3 days later with my sister we were swiftly ushered into one of the sheds and had both shutters lowered with us and the car thoroughly searched then neatly corralled by a couple of earnest young men sporting MP5's...Two of them even disappeared to verify our story while another searched our phones. If we'd been up to no good our feet wouldn't have touched the ground. I was well impressed... and particularly well behaved!
  10. Personally I'd be more concerned that PSA had sold me car which isn't what they advertised. Either the ground clearance is less than it should be or I've not got head room I've paid for... Selling me a vehicle for an extra few grand on top because it's supposed to be an MPV but all the while it's just giving me the same as a car is not on... Post 2008 the Berlingo Multispace is sold as being 1852mm without roof bars & 1882 with them, if that's not what I'd got for my money it would be going back toute de suite... Trying to convince BF that not only theirs but Glasses, Parkers, What Car etc etc figures are wrong would be the least of my issues, I'd be most irked and more likely to be on a mission to re-educate PSA on what I do and don't find acceptable regarding misrepresentation...
  11. And approach the vessel with their hazards flashing as a further reminder for loading staff. When marshalling there is a dedicated lane too.
  12. At the check in booth if you don't agree ask the operator to physically measure the vehicle whilst you stand next to him or her, if it's within the limits then they'll be no problem regardless of what the software says. It was done to us in May as our conversion isn't on any database, the base vehicle is but that's pretty useless when there's the added height due to a TV aerial, roof windows and a roll out awning... All smiles and all very good natured plus now I have accurate vehicle dimensions but more importantly so do BF... A two minute hold up at the booth just means two minutes less waiting in a lane.
  13. That's true...squeezing another aboard would be more to do with length. Makes you wonder, Carweb are owned by HPI the company which all used car buyers rely on. It's also the VRM database which is used alongside the DVLA & MID attached to the PNC.
  14. I'd argue that BF spend a good deal more on their passenger spaces than many of the other carriers, less plastics more wood, veneers & glass. It's what's made them stand out. There's no timetable for the Irish Sea to be included in the strict MARPOL ECA Annex VI ruling which means sulphur content in fuel can be no more than 0.10% however a global cap of 0.50% comes into force in January 2020. This see's a reduction from the current 3.50% allowed on the Irish Sea and the west coast of France. In effect in 2020 only ultra low sulphur diesel can be burned to power ships conventionally which Bretagne burns now and doesn't require the huge wash scrubbers we see on the Pont etc, an industry standard DPF brings emissions down to virtually zero and these can be installed in the stack casing as part of the exhaust fitting. On the subject of the above mentioned E-Flexer's Stena are building, I wonder if any of the ports BF serve have a berth capable of of docking a 215m vessel... The two which are also supposedly earmarked for Liverpool too won't fit on Twelve Quays floating linkspans, the Visentini's berthing there now are borderline at 186m and Peel haven't even hinted at lengthening them, the port manager certainly has no knowledge of any future works planned and there's a bit more to it than just plonking in a couple of dolphins or outriggers especially on a river with such a tidal rise and fall, the second largest in the UK, it's fast too, it's the reason why they want to build a power generating barrage across it.
  15. Right gents, brace yourselves for another of Iain's anorak attired anecdotes...! Average return price aboard Bretagne with your motor is £280 with a 2 berth insider there and back...Squeezing just one extra car onboard every overnighter to St Malo will generate BF a low end estimate of around £110,000 a year not including a trip to Les Abers, a lap around the wines & spirits or nodding off in front of the next Marvel instalment. Just think what it would do to BF's turnover if through more scrutiny on vehicle lengths they managed to do this with just 2 or 3 cars over all of their routes in both directions every day? I can see their motivation behind a bit of a clamp down even though at this early stage it's not as accurate as it could be.