1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

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1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby greenhornet » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:36 pm

Hello,

Quick question. For long haul drives around Europe (London to Monaco), London to Amsterdam etc would a 1.6 be sufficient or would people recommend a 1.8?

I've decided not to cover more than 3000 miles per year, only using it for around the UK and Europe. My last 1.6 I could cruise at 4000 rpm at 70mph not really red-lining her.

All suggestions appreciated.

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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby greenhornet » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:02 pm

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Found above link however replies on first hand experience welcome!
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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby OldSpice » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:37 pm

I know of a couple of 1600s that do Euro trips without "issues".
I'd rather have a zippy & tight 1.6 than a tired 1840cc.
It's arguable that the 1840cc car is better suited to touring but that could turn into an "Ooooh... Oi don't fink so" "anorak" debate all day long.
As ever with these cars, mechanical, suspension, and coachwork condition is all but either will romp it if fit for the job.
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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby greenhornet » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:51 pm

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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby OldSpice » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:58 pm

I'd imagine most of these will either be wrecked or fixed by now.
Plenty others to pick from.
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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby Richardn » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:14 pm

Depends on your budget

If you are doing this in summer, first consideration would be working aircon, having done the south of France, and Spain without! with others who had it.

A Mk3 would be the best tourer, but it depends on what you are looking for.
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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby WSBen » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:57 am

Linda and I have done (very) long europe trips in both a 1.8 Mk2 and a Mk3 2ltr and we found the Mk3 much better. The air con was much appreciated on the southern journeys but not used at all on the Norway and Sweden trips. And despite what people say about the boot size we were able to pack sufficient clothes for 4 week trips and still have room for some duty free swag on the way home :)
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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby liathach » Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:06 pm

Like WSBen, I have toured Europe in a Mk3.5 and there was (just) enough space in the boot for a 3+ week tour. I ensured we had clothes which could be washed and dried overnight and we returned home with clothes which had never been used. My earlier MX5 was a 1600cc Mk1 and I doubt I would have enjoyed touring in it!
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Re: 1.6 or 1.8 for European Drive

Postby mgrays » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:25 pm

Air con is first if you want to do Europe .. or I just head for the mountains!

Last holiday in Mk1 with no spare in the boot we had 2 weeks clothes, tent, mattress (blow up with feathers), downie for bedding, seats, even a wee cooker. Managed 2 cases on wine and food from Calais on the way back.

1.6 is wee bit lighter and more economical.. not much in it compared to the 1.8 really.. Mk 1/2/3 is more of a question.

.. but repairing aircon the last time cost me best part of £600 on a Mk1 .. so be warned most will need that as the pipes rot, the condenser rots, the pumps seize etc..
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