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My Name: BillWSS

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Posts: 47
Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:30 am
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (56)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 40
Trim Level: Touch
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed


So, got a long drive to Luxembourg soon

Anyone got any Advice on what i should do, Will my 1.1 c3 even make it? I admit i'm a little scared
My Name: Missing Lincs

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2004 (04)
Engine Size: 1.1
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Hello BillWWS.

If a car is properly and regularly serviced with no issues to be sorted I wouldn't have a problem with a long journey.

Just do all your normal routine checks, oil, coolant, brake fluid and washer levels. Tyres, pressure and condition/tread, don't forget to adjust the tyre pressures to the load you're carrying and last but not least, check your spare tyre.

Also worth taking a few basics with you like a small engine oil, windscreen wash, tyre pump/guage and wipes in case you need to change a wheel etc, and check that all the stuff you need to have is present, the jack plus tools, spare bulbs, warning triangle. I also carry a reflective fluorescent waistcoat. It might not be you that is the cause but if you need to stop and get out on any road, a bit of hi-viz can save your bacon.

I've often found that a good long journey benefits a vehicle, especially if it normally only does a trip to the shops once a week.

Then go!
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence and pretend you never tried :lol:
My Name: Boofle

Posts: 12
Joined: Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:22 am
Model: C3 2013-2017 Facelift A51
Year: 2015 (15)
Engine Size: 1.1
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 35
Trim Level: VT
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
LHD or RHD: LHD (Europe)
Location: netherlands


agree that long drives are not be scared off , if you want to be shure just check levels like said earlier , check tyre presure and wear , check the bolts and go .. it is better to have long drives and short drives mixed , than Always a short ride and no propper heat up of the engine

i have a 1.0 ltr puretech 68 and it is capeable of long journeys