Well, last week I just completed my first major trip in the Siggy and I can honestly say, the little gem didn't miss a beat.
A couple of weeks ago the misses suggested going camping for a week and I thought - that sounds like fun, I haven't been camping since I was a kid!
So, two Sundays ago (18th Sep) we loaded up the car with a ton of camping stuff, a newly fitted travel assistant, the mutt and 2 adults and off we set. The plan was to head up the east coast of Scotland, along the north coast, down the west coast to Skye and then a couple of nights later head back home.
I've got to say the car was faultless, I covered almost 1,500 miles using a mix of roads and averaged about 32mpg over the whole journey which took about 30 hours of driving (not including stops) over the 7 days we were away. Not too bad for a 2.8V6 I thought!
When I say faultless, I've just remembered one thing that happened. I always fill the car with 98/99 RON but when you get to some of the remote areas of Scotland, there's just no chance of getting anything other than the standard 95RON unleaded. So when I eventually ran the tanks dry of Super and had to fill up with normal, the car seemed to run a bit rough for a short time. I read somewhere that the ECU measures the fuel quality and adjusts to suit so I'm guessing the ECU was trying to adjust the mix etc. Has anyone else noticed this happen to them when changing fuels. In hindsight, I should have took a couple of bottles of RedX with me.
When I first got the Siggy, I was a bit worried about the size of the engine and the weight of the thing but after that trip, I'm pretty impressed with the old girl (and the car too ) OK so I was fairly cautious with the gas pedal but there were a few moments where I had to punch the gas on big long straights of highland B roads and the car effortlessly passed long queues of car vans and trucks.
One little let down was the Sat Nav which was occasionally pretty useless. The disks I have are a wee bit out of date and not the genuine VX ones, instead I have the Navteq compatible ones but quite often I found my judgement and a good old paper map to be better - especially with all the single track roads up there!
I think I made the right decision going for the Signum! I'm a happy chappy!