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A month in a MK2
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So, I've now traded up from a 00 1.4 to an '05 1.4i. Decided against the diesel, because, well, I hate diesel. Not that there's anything wrong with people who choose diesels, it's just not for me.
So, why did I come back to the Berlingo? The space, I ended up with half my shed in the car until I noticed that I had nowhere to put my shopping upon filling the car up with a couple of friends + significant other. :wave:
What else is good? It's a LOT less noisy than the old dog I had with the accordion-styled roof. I really liked it when running around town, though. However, I prefer A\C and a steel roof Cool
Also, I think it drives like a proper car. A bit on the tall side, so it's no cornering master. I must say, though, that my last car was a (albeit '97) Audi A8 with the 4.2 V8, so the transition was still a big one.

What don't I like? I went to pick up the mother in law at the airport the other day. It was very windy. And it rained. Seldom have I been more anxious while driving a motorway in a straight line. It didn't feel very straight, though, it felt like I was blown all over the road. No pun intended..
The steering wheel, although a vast improvement with regard to the uncomfortable one in the MK1, why they didn't fit it with length-wise adjustment is beyond me. However, it may be that my 6'4" makes it even harder to get very comfortable behind the wheel. However, I've made a few compromises, and being behind the wheel is not an uncomfy place to be.

What I miss from the old one? The horn being placed on the indicator.. and the funny noise from the indicators :lol:
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#2
You got grit !!!
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#3
We've had the Mk2 2.0 hdi about 8 months now and once I got used to the soft suspension it does handle and hold the road surprisingly well.
So where does this bit go then ?
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(05-06-2013, 10:03 PM)geoff Wrote:  You got grit !!!

Sorry, I don't get the lingo (see what I did there?) :lol:
Can't tell if I got a compliment, or told off :wave:
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(06-06-2013, 04:48 PM)onepointfour Wrote:  
(05-06-2013, 10:03 PM)geoff Wrote:  You got grit !!!

Sorry, I don't get the lingo (see what I did there?) :lol:
Can't tell if I got a compliment, or told off :wave:

.... Compliment ..... my fault I didn't see your location :wave::wave:
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#6
Ignore the body roll....they corner fine.
The Older I get the Better I Was!  Cool
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(08-06-2013, 05:27 PM)OlJeffers Wrote:  Ignore the body roll....they corner fine.

I have to agree, if the body is rolling you're going wayyyyyyy too fast.

It's a berlingo, a utility vehicle, not a Bugatti.
Somedays you're the pigeon, Somedays you're the statue.
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#8
It rolls, but won't fall over.

Decent wheels and tyres and they handle just fine. They are utility vehicles but don't need to be driven like tractors
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#9
My opinion,for what it's worth,is that the Berlingo handles very well for a van based car.I like to "enjoy" A roads & driven sensibly,it's a lot of fun.Letting off the throttle slows understeer & keeps my seat clean.:thumbsup:
Strawberry flavoured windows  Dodgy
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Been a MK2 owner almost a year now, now issues, but the understeer...especially in the wet:eek:
Perhaps I should try new tyres (current ones are Federal SUper Steel?").
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