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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:52 pm    Post subject: Unicorn that is really a beast Reply with quote

So.... I survived my trip to the French Alps for a weeks skiing and as planned I picked up my Unicorn from the Lake District.
First reflections and comments :-
* Is it just me or when you pick a new car do you see disaster at every corner, bend, traffic lights, junction and crossing ?
* It seemed a shame to add over a hundred miles to the Speedo just on the motorway, but having said that it was a nervous drive back anyway Sad
* I almost doubled the mpg by cruising @ 70mph, which was good Very Happy
* It’s a very tractable engine, since I was very respectful of the power on tap, I was also shocked how easy it is to drive, once of course I got over my first stall Floor
* People stared at me ( or is it the car ? ) Embarassed
* I love the gear change, once I got the hang of the clutch bite point and release, the short shifter upgrade seems very good, although in fairness I don’t have a comparison
* I have realised I need to work through the options and ‘learn’ their function, for example I seem to have lost my electric mirror positioning after I turned off the engine !?
* When I just touched the right peddle too much, I love the response, I think it will become more than addictive thumbsup
* Mrs MFP loves my new car too, always handy come service time Grin

Next steps, clean, admire and drive, in 3 months 111point check and OPC Warranty for 2 years purchase. Hey it’s only money !

p.s. Whoops ! Sorry for those who have no idea what my Unicorn is.... 997 Turbo in Guards Red, low miles, Aero Kit & 3 pages of OPC fitted extras thumbsup
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always wanted to do this ....

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hedgehogsdad wrote:
I've always wanted to do this ....

Useless


Sorry, just back from holidays and I haven’t learned that ‘skill’ yet !

May I cast into a pit of TR7 owners talking about their cars with no alcohol to comfort me Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Photo Reply with quote

Mod edit, topics merged.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done MFP. You now have one of my favourite cars on the forum Thumb
I know what you mean about numpties hiding behind every street corner and pulling out of every parking bay when you are driving such a thing of beauty. It's like a magnet for the incompetent types to be drawn towards with their incredulous decision making!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scholester wrote:
Well done MFP. You now have one of my favourite cars on the forum Thumb
I know what you mean about numpties hiding behind every street corner and pulling out of every parking bay when you are driving such a thing of beauty. It's like a magnet for the incompetent types to be drawn towards with their incredulous decision making!


Cheers Scholster....
Going to treat the car to a full tank of the good stuff, the garage topped the fuel tank with red diesel to get me home, seemed to run fine Floor
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great car. Enjoy👍
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MFP good to see you have picked up the beauty , it was a good decision to go for that one. hope to see it up close at some point maybe Dinslaken in May if your up for a hoon across Europe Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW , that's fantastic Cool

Wait until you get used to it, these cars are missiles. And mines just a C2S Grin

Took me ages to find my preferred driving position and it makes such a difference.

Good luck mate Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Main Force Patrol wrote:
Scholester wrote:
Well done MFP. You now have one of my favourite cars on the forum Thumb
I know what you mean about numpties hiding behind every street corner and pulling out of every parking bay when you are driving such a thing of beauty. It's like a magnet for the incompetent types to be drawn towards with their incredulous decision making!


Cheers Scholster....
Going to treat the car to a full tank of the good stuff, the garage topped the fuel tank with red diesel to get me home, seemed to run fine Floor


Phew, seems like luck is on your side after all Grin
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've come round to the view that all Turbo's should be Guards Red from the factory.

#becauseTurbo

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Unicorn that is really a beast Reply with quote

Main Force Patrol wrote:


* Is it just me or when you pick a new car do you see disaster at every corner, bend, traffic lights, junction and crossing ?

* It seemed a shame to add over a hundred miles to the speedo just on the motorway, but having said that it was a nervous drive back anyway Sad

* I almost doubled the mpg by cruising @ 70mph, which was good Very Happy

* It’s a very tractable engine, since I was very respectful of the power on tap, I was also shocked how easy it is to drive, once of course I got over my first stall Floor

* People stared at me (or is it the car?) Embarassed

* When I just touched the right peddle too much, I love the response, I think it will become more than addictive thumbsup

* Mrs SPG loves my new car too, always handy come service time Grin



I seem to be - mostly - agreeing with you, Special Patrol Group:

Yes, your car becomes a knob magnet. See next comment.

Yes, I drove like a pussy the first time too.

Yes, cruising is very dull indeed. I managed to wangle my theoretical range up to about 890km or so. Until I left the motorway.

Yes, some hobo with a can of beer on the go at 0749 this morning gave me the come-hither this morning. I assume he was building up to a snarky comment but he couldn’t qute get it out. #loveporsche

Yes, the right peddle is magic. Press down, and watch the fuel gauge head the other way.

And I rather hope that mrs SPG doesn't like the car. Or you may never see it again.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning worship

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
MFP good to see you have picked up the beauty , it was a good decision to go for that one. hope to see it up close at some point maybe Dinslaken in May if your up for a hoon across Europe Thumb


Sounds like a great gig, sadly I’m limited by my Chemo treatments as to when I can come out to play, although I am due another ‘holiday’ from treatment at the end of April Question
So it just a matter of fitting in 2/3 days ‘playing’ and a family holiday in the sun...... We shall see : Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
I've come round to the view that all Turbo's should be Guards Red from the factory.

#becauseTurbo

worship


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Unicorn that is really a beast Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
Main Force Patrol wrote:


* Is it just me or when you pick a new car do you see disaster at every corner, bend, traffic lights, junction and crossing ?

* It seemed a shame to add over a hundred miles to the speedo just on the motorway, but having said that it was a nervous drive back anyway Sad

* I almost doubled the mpg by cruising @ 70mph, which was good Very Happy

* It’s a very tractable engine, since I was very respectful of the power on tap, I was also shocked how easy it is to drive, once of course I got over my first stall Floor

* People stared at me (or is it the car?) Embarassed

* When I just touched the right peddle too much, I love the response, I think it will become more than addictive thumbsup

* Mrs SPG loves my new car too, always handy come service time Grin



I seem to be - mostly - agreeing with you, Special Patrol Group:

Yes, your car becomes a knob magnet. See next comment.

Yes, I drove like a pussy the first time too.

Yes, cruising is very dull indeed. I managed to wangle my theoretical range up to about 890km or so. Until I left the motorway.

Yes, some hobo with a can of beer on the go at 0749 this morning gave me the come-hither this morning. I assume he was building up to a snarky comment but he couldn’t qute get it out. #loveporsche

Yes, the right peddle is magic. Press down, and watch the fuel gauge head the other way.

And I rather hope that mrs SPG doesn't like the car. Or you may never see it again.


Thanks 🙏
Mrs MFP used to have a brand spanking new Boxter but she didn’t like the harshness of the suspension after 6 months, so she sold it back to an OPC that was just opening and looking for quality stock. She’s more of 3 series BMW girl, plus she is not insured for the Turbo at the moment, which is a schoolboy error on my part because it usually reduces the cost ( Doctors are considered safe bets and it’s normally worth £20/30 discount )
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reading the manual Reply with quote

Being a man I never read a manual unless I can possibly help it....
But today I’m going to have bite the bullet, the car has 5/6 different light switch positions, most of which are not intuitive to my eye Rolling Eyes

So I have decided to break my learning down to ‘elephant bites’, first will be basics/essentials like lights, refuelling and mobile phone connection, eventually I will allocate a whole morning to the electric seats Grin

Please be prepared to support me, my slight dyslexia doesn’t lend its self to ‘reading manual and then do’ type learning, I’m more of a ‘show me a nice picture then let me try’ but don’t leave incase I ***** it up and need more help PC Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great choice! They do look good in red.

I remember that first drive home, the emotions switch from excitement to all-out fear in a split second Very Happy

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