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    Default My 'new' Vec C SRi and my 'thoughts' on it.

    As mentioned earlier, I got an 06 SRi 2.0T as the loan car while mine is being repaired. Went out for a spin in it this evening (my first real 'proper' drive in it) and I took a few snaps at one of my favourite spots (Beachy Head).....









    Oh, and I knocked off a snap of the nice sunbeams!!



    My 'thoughts' on the (06) SRi.....

    I don't know exactly what the previous SRis came with, but here's what this one has, and hasn't got.

    Things it has got.....
    • Front cup holders with sliding cover
    • Rear cup holder (pop out from rear seat)
    • Twin exhausts (not sure if that was always standard on SRis?)
    • Chrome window strips
    Things it hasn't got....
    • Rain sensitive wipers
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror / indirect night lighting.
    • Cubby hole under headlight switch
    • Rear interior light
    • No map lights - just the basic single light
    • Sunglass holder!!! Can't believe that!!
    • Vent on rear centre console
    • Cigarette lighter - just a 12v socket. Wouldn't bother me personally as I don't smoke, but sometimes the lighter is handy for other things! It still has the front and rear ashtray though, so what exactly is the £50 Smokers Pack then? Just a cig lighter!!?
    • Information display/matrix in the rev counter - shows warning icons/doors open etc. All those are now little symbols around the dashboard, rather than in one area.
    Things I like about it.....
    • Seats. Give a nice hold when driving. Pity they weren't leather!
    • Steering wheel - tad smaller than pre-facelift and better for it.
    • Suspension - improvement over pre-facelift but still think it could be much better (see below).
    • Nice raspy noise from the exhaust.
    • The boot - bigger than the Signum in 'standard' position i.e. without having to drop seats down. But to move lots of gear the Signum wins hands down once you drop a seat or two - especially as they go totally flat.
    Things I don't like about it....
    • Rear visibility (this obviously applies to all Vec C's). I found it very difficult to judge where the back end is when reversing. I found it easier on my Signum (before I had parking sensors) to judge where the back of the car was. The Vec really needs reversing sensors (IMO)
    • Spec - for an SRi I really expected a much higher spec. Maybe the Design model has caused the SRi to take a beating?
    • Handling - giving it some on a country road I was somewhat surprised. Going quickly into a corner caused the car to squirm a lot. Braking going into a corner casued the car to squirm to the point I thought the back end was going to give!!! Vx really need to tighten up that a lot!! Maybe it's because I'm used to driving mine with the Irmscher kit on, but I thought the SRi suspension on the (shorter wheelbase) Vec would have been better than that.
    • The silly system for adjusting the side mirrors. I sussed how it worked, but just found it more faff. I could've adjusted both mirrors quicker individually rather than the method you have to do with the new system.
    • Brakes - they felt c**p, but looking at the spec they have the same as my Signum - 302mm front, 292mm rear. Maybe they needed adjusting? (unusual for a car that's only done 4000 miles), but they certainly didn't pull the car up as quickly as I was expecting (and am used to).
    Things I really missed on the Vec (SRi) that my Signum has.....
    • Leather seats!
    • Electric seats (with memories). What's with all this manual seat moving melarky?! Really missed it when trying to adjust my position when driving, especially forwards or backwards. With electric, just a little zip with the switch. Doing it manually inevitably ends up with seat either shooting forwards or backwards!!!
    • Auto dipping passenger mirror when reverse selected. Really missed this when reversing and pulling up against kerbs.
    • My parking sensors!
    • My BSR remap!! Standard 2.0T isn't sluggish, but boy do I miss it!
    • All the other bits and bobs you get on the Elite (Signum) spec. - climate control, leather seats etc.
    I've probably missed a few things. I'll edit the post if I think of anything later!

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    if thats what you get for driving a new car I'll stick with me 03

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    i wish i had leather so i could miss it you have been spoiled duncan

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    i've got leather so don't miss it !!!!!!!!!

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    Should have asked for a 1.9 cdti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendo
    Should have asked for a 1.9 cdti.
    lol - I'd have been happy if they had given me one, but they charge extra for them (which I wouldn't have paid for anyway) but they just didn't have them available. I did ask before I got it as I wouldn't have minded saving a bit of dough on fuel while I had it, but wasn't to be.

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    Good looking car Duncan, the facelift really suits the lightning siver IMO..

    the electric seats with the memory sound like a god send

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    hi duncan

    totally agree with everything you said above before i bought my vec elite i looked at the sri and thought the spec was pretty poor having said that my elite doesnt have electric seats or dimming mirror am very jealous of that

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    So you like it then LOL.

    I recognise that car park on beachy head, there is alot of head work that goes on up there LOL.

    I actually find the C SRI easier to reverse park then the B SRI due to lack of spoiler even without my front and rear sensors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy12
    ....having said that my elite doesnt have electric seats or dimming mirror am very jealous of that
    I see you have an 05, not sure if that is pre-facelift or facelift? I thought the pre-facelift Elite had electric seats? Maybe they dropped in on 05?

    Looking at the facelift specs, I see the auto-dimming feature is standard on Elite, but I can't even see any mention of electric seats on any spec - Vec or Signum!! Can't see it in any Plus Pack options. Have they dropped electric/memory seats on the facelift?

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