President's Report - September 2015

Greetings All,

There was a time, many years ago, when I thought that a dishwasher was an unnecessary household appliance. However, after I happened to buy a house that had one, I was very quickly converted – what a great invention!

Until this year, I felt much the same about heated car seats, but as with dishwashers, I am now a total convert. The new 508 that I bought in late July, is the first car with heated seats that I have owned, but August was cold enough to convince me of their worth – the gentle warmth, received in the thighs, bum and lower back, is very pleasant indeed.

I have now done just over 2800 km in the 508, including a free service check at 2500 km. Needless to say, the car drives beautifully, and I am very happy with my decision to buy it. Fuel consumption, with a mix of city and country driving, has averaged 6.5 litres/100 km, but I expect that figure to drop as the car is ‘run in’. I really only have a couple of minor quibbles about the car: firstly, I can’t get the Bluetooth connection to remember my phone and secondly, I miss the small storage area in the centre console that I had in my earlier 508.

The Bluetooth problem is annoying because I have to reconnect my mobile phone each time I start the car. All right, I have a fairly old phone, but it worked perfectly in my previous 508. I will probably need to seek advice from younger members of the family!

Re. the storage area in the centre console of my previous 508 - it wasn’t very big, but it had a roll-top and was perfect for storing coins and other small objects. In the new 508, its place is taken up by controls for the Sat Nav screen (which my previous car did not have). The 508 doesn’t have much in the way of storage areas, so the loss of such a useful ‘drawer’ is a bit of a shame.

My wife, Sue, drives a 308 ‘Sportium’, but I get to drive it every now and again because it has a tow bar (and the 508 does not). With a 2 litre diesel engine, and 6 speed auto gearbox, it’s a perfect towing vehicle for our box trailer, which I regularly use to take garden waste for recycling, and to bring home landscaping supplies such as topsoil, gravel, mulch and treated pine sleepers, to name a few. When towing the trailer, I consistently note a difference in driver behaviour – other drivers are much more keen, almost desperate, to pass me, despite the fact that the 308 is equally zippy whether towing the trailer or not. Have other club members experienced ‘trailer rage’ or am I just imagining it?

Recently, I drove out to a farm, near Bungendore, in the 308. The farmer promptly described the 308 as a small twin cab. The name has stuck and we now refer to our 308 as the ‘twin cab’ – quite a bit smaller than a classic twin cab ute, and not 4WD, but much more pleasurable to drive.

It turned out that the farmer had owned a 504 many years ago and has good memories of the Peugeot marque, though not good enough to make him want a new one, I suspect. With its high ground clearance and rugged go-anywhere construction, the 504 would have been quite at home on a local farm, as well as perfectly suited to being driven to church on Sundays.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the next club meeting, which will be held at 8 pm on Tuesday 22 September at the Raiders Weston Club, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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