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zafira in automatic



zafira in automatic

Postby Salman » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:58 pm

Hi,
So need to get a biggish car for my wife, as she needs space with the kids etc.

the only one that is just the right size ie not too small and not too big and within our budget is the Zafira.

However, she being Canadian, :), is used to driving full automatics and petrol cars.

The best and most economical engine is the 1.8 but it only comes with the easytronic gearbox which is like an automated manual. Unfortunately, this is where google is a bad thing and she has read all kinds of horror stories about the easytronic..

So she wants a full auto, but in the Zafira to get a full auto we will need to go to the 2.2 engine which apart from higher insurance and petrol costs is also in the £280 tax band..

Why dont Vauxhall make a full auto in the 1.8..

Seems a shame you have to go for such a big engine if you need a full auto..

I personally would drive an easytronic and have done before, yes it takes time to get used to but not that bad to be honest....
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Re: zafira in automatic

Postby Grandad David » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:13 am

All I can say is that when I was looking round for a car recently, several times I was advised not to go for an Easytronic,
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Re: zafira in automatic

Postby Wessex » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:56 pm

My new Automatic Peugeot 308 is an EGC Electronic Gearbox Control. It's wonderful. Driven by a 1.6 Diesel it's immensely more torquey than the 1.6 full auto. 53 mpg instead of 28 and best of all, it doesn't have creep.

One of my very nervous pupils said to me last week what a breath of fresh air. It goes when I tell it to go not when it want's to go. Not one of my pupils has condemned the way it performs or changes gear.
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Re: zafira in automatic

Postby Salman » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:22 pm

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Re: zafira in automatic

Postby Wessex » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:32 pm

Hi, just seen the reply. No. The jerkiness comes when the accelerator is inadvertently pressed further during the gear change phase. The fuel is cut off during the gear change and then is allowed to flow again. If the gas pedal is pushed further during this part of the gear change then more fuel is allowed to flow making the car accelerate more than it was before the gear change. The secret is constant pressure on the gas pedal. As it's a diesel, squeeze the gas pedal to start the car moving and then let it pick up speed normally as the gears change and to ignore the desire to press on the gas pedal when the fuel temporarily is cut off. Torque will do the rest. It's the same as is experienced in a manual car. When changing gear the driver lifts off of the gas pedal as the clutch is depressed. But with the EGC, the engine flywheel/clutch plates are always synchronised to prevent the jerk. Even when using the paddles to change down the engine is speeded up to sync the flywheel and clutch plate for a silky smooth down shift. And at 52 MPG one soon learns to live with the new way of driving.
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