I just became the proud owner of a sea-silver metallic Audi TT.
After being a devout Alfa Romeo driver all my life I just couldn't
resist the temptations of this sexy German beauty. One testdrive
was all she needed to finally convince me ;-)
Anyway.. I have two questions.
I know using 98RON gas (the European kind) is recommended for
optimum performance. But will using 95RON gas (in case I can't
always get 98) damage the engine in any way.. or will it just
give me less performance?
Someone told me I had to keep the engine running for a few seconds
before switching it off to let the Turbo settle down. Is this
true? If so.. how long is "a few seconds" ?
Many congratulations - enjoy! Not heard of sea silver before - is this a US
There is no problem using 95RON - it states this in the handbook. I use it
all the time. Some people say they can notice a difference when they use
98RON (and also Shell Optimax here in the UK). Maybe you should try it and
see for yourself.
I've heard that if you've been doing a bit of "spirited" driving, then it's
worth leaving the engine running to allow things to cool down, rather than
switching off straight away. Not sure how long though. I would have
thought a minute or two. If you've been driving "normally", then I don't
think there's any problem switching off straight away.
As Moley said, it's OK but might get you (marginally) lower performance and
Basically, it's to prevent oil in the turbo overheating and gumming
everything up. The 225 has a built-in coolant recirculator to help with this
sort of thing.
Personally, I allow about 30 seconds - more if the temperature needle rises
above median. (Presumably when one has met Swash; having never once come
across a Volvo being driven in a "spirited" manner [excepting breaking
motorway speed limits in straight lines. Yawn] I can only speculate ;o)
Hairy One Kenobi
Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this opinion do not necessarily
Can't comment, except that (from the map) it looks like a straight A-road..
If you're ever down this neck of the woods, then I'd recommend Brimpton
Common to Watership Down via Kingsclere (there's also a good couple of
straights if you're heading from Aldermaston) All National, apart from
slowing down for the villages (mostly 40s, some 30s). Not much opportunity
for overtaking (best let cars in front have a few minutes' lead), apart from
a nice bend complex that - situation permitting - can be "flattened", and a
short complex with tight 90s each end.
Heading down the hill and left towards Overton, it gets a little more fun -
a straightish road with major up-and-down bumps, which really tests the
brakes ("anyone in the blind spot?") and acceleration ("nope!") - and is
followed by a very tight set of interlinked bends. Real red mist slidey
indeed it is...
Other favourites of mine (not familiar with your example, and can't work it
out on Autoroute - any chance of emailine me an axe file?)
Beverley - Thirsk, B1248 (very fast and open B road with a couple of odd
dips and weaves) to malton, then B1257 to A170, down sutton bank, into
thirsk. Total from home (hull) 65 miles, record (XR4x4) 55 minutes (S60 1hr
10 mins but stuck in traffic in malton).
Unclassified road from Wawne to Routh - recently resurfaced and hedges
trimmed making it a very fast road (done it in the TT a few times) and only
two miles from home - 5 miles and only one short straight. Someone recently
has put home-made signs up showing where people have left the road with
captions like "SPEED" and "DRUNK" on them... Love it.
Back road from Clevedon to Bristol Airport - just amazing for suspension
Don't have AR anymore (use the Garmin package that works with the GPS) If
you take a look at Streetmap on the larger scale (http://tinyurl.com/l5u5 )
it's the B3051 (TBH, I didn't know the name of the village until I looked it
up - it's "past the war memorial, then on past the Pineapple [pub]" ;o)
:o) I'll make a note of those - thanks!
Another one that I missed is near High Wycombe, and well worth a quick
detour if you're on the M40 down here (http://tinyurl.com/l5un ) It's the
dotted roads (which I guess is OS-speak for "can't be bothered to mark all
of the curves" ;o) Check-out the contours..!
Oh, yes. Some lovely roads around that area (discovered a few while
commuting from Slough to Bristol with the M4 impassable). Some very dodgy
road surfaces, though.. had to get someone back on a flight to Ireland with
not enough time. We made it, but the BMW slogan was sounding a little hollow
at the end of it ;o) Nasty bit (if I'm thinking about the same road) was the
apparently random scattering of 30s along the route.
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