Cars and Coffee Cullen – September 2019

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First proper trip out in the Scooby since it was back on the road. Along the Moray coast to the local Cars and Coffee at Cullen!

Good selection of cars! Brilliant weather and scenery for photos! Refreshments supplied by Coffee at the Kings!

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First XV road trip adventure of the year

Couple days away up into the Highlands of Scotland taking in some of the road often missed out by the NC500. #VisitScotland

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Subaru XV / Crosstrek Snow & Ice Hill Start

I’ve always been one for a challenge. Been waiting a while for snot in order to test the capabilities on the Subaru XV / Crosstrek on a challenging situation.

Take one private estate in the North of Scotland. A UK Spec Subaru XV Diesel. A set of Michelin Cross Climate Tyres, part worn, less than 3mm tread. And finally, snow & ice covered Hill.

I knew the car was capable of driving up the slope no problem, where other cars struggled and indeed failed in these conditions. Far too easy for the Subaru 🙂

But what about, stopping part way up and then starting off again? Could it possibly gain enough traction in order to pull it safely up the hill? Take a look at the video below and see the results.


Subaru XV Snow & Ice Hill Start Test

Note: I know the video isn’t the best quality and background noise distorted due to the heater being on. But no modifications to the car. Just stopped part way up, let the hill control release so the car it started to roll back then pulled away in 1st gear with no fuss

Quick Sunday Winter Wash

Quick Sunday winter wash to clear away some of that nasty salt and grime

Testing out the autofinesse avalanche foam for first time! Me likely! Comes out the bottle more like a gel and really doesn’t need too much of it to get a thick foam. My new favourite!

2019 Subaru Crosstrek/XV PHEV

Interesting review of the phev xv/crosstrek.

Bad points for me? Quite a bit of boot space lost 🙁 and no flappy paddle to manually override the CVT. Would want that for the b roads.

Other bad point, so far at least, is no turbo option. Just 2.0 normally aspirated. Still want to see them try the 1.6 turbo from the levorg. I think that would make a good combo for performance and economy.

Good points? Performance sounds similar ish to diesel xv! And can run on full electric for town driving.

Real world mpg still not really known. Hoping to see 45+ but balancing that with electric for short journeys and town driving could possibly justify it.

The Weekend Office

Too much to do and so little time.. 

Brake lines on the focus now all replaced! Now just need to sort out the arches and part of the sills. 

Sound familiar? Yep, the same sort of repair that’s required on the Impreza. Although the Impreza a little worse under the skin 🙁

Petrol Fumes

You know, I’d love to get back to a point when owning a car is about keeping up to date with regular maintenance, maybe the odd improvement and be able to enjoy driving them rather than rebuilding. 🙁

The focus has got it’s MOT coming up and needs a fair bit of rust repair work on it (Similar to the WRX). Got the week off work so able to spend a wee bit of time on it, but doesn’t look like it’s going to be anywhere near enough time to get it sorted (probably didn’t help having to go into work to cover for myself being off [huh!] 🙁 )

The odd bush replacement here and there or brakes no problem but when it comes to rebuilding rotten panels (arches and rear sills) It may seem like fun for a while but takes a lot of time to clean up, find good metal, re-fabricate, weld, fill and paint.

Could source replacement arches/sills but the overall cost of the bits would be more than the value of the car, and would still have to weld them in place and paint so wouldn’t save that much hassle really.

For a classic/project car, sure it’s fun to chip away at it but not for the daily runabouts. Wheel bearing already replaced and rear brakes have been given a strip down and clean up. The front brake lines have seen better days and will need replacing, although I’ve yet to discover their windy path through the engine bay.

On the plus side if this the left to a garage to do the work it’d cost several times what the car is worth! And at least if it gets through the next MOT it may have some trade-in / re sale value rather than none.

Would be nice to be able to replace it with something newer with less corrosion but sadly not a feasible option at the moment. It’s still a great car to drive but years of moisture and salt having the inevitable affect on certain areas.

The WRX project is defiantly on the shelf. Couple other cars in the family also have MOT’s approaching and have priority. ;(

… Maybe next year… again.

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