Here we are 3 years after buying my puddle-jumper and having driven nearly 58,000 miles in it. For a budget car its done well, its driven to Germany and back 3 times (and will again later this year) and has been used pretty much every single day in the past 3 years.
There are loads of gadgets available for use in your car, some of these come with their own mounts which are quite generic in their mounting options such as glass suckers. Then there are the holders that claim to fit most devices and either again use window suckers or air vent clips – the latter being fiddly and for a lot of cars now they aren’t that practical due to thinner plastic being used on vents.
I seem to spend a lot of my time in my car, on average just over 2 hours per day and drive around 60+ miles in that time. In all fairness this is a lot less than in previous years, in fact in my 20 years of driving I have covered approx. 750,000 miles in cars, vans and motorbikes in all sorts of weather both in the UK and Europe.
It finally happened, I got so fed up of the awful MediaNav unit in my Stepway that it had to go – the bluetooth audio streaming was poor, the phone call quality was awful, came through 1 speaker and needed to be at maximum volume, the bluetooth would decide if it wanted to auto connect or make you manually do it and then there was the SatNav part, not an overly bad SatNav but the maps were stupidly expensive!
I’ve covered a few hundred miles on these and have found the following so far
- Not a harsh ride like the Westlakes
- No tramlining like the Westlakes
- Very good handling in both the wet and dry unlike the Goodyears
- Fuel economy is so far the same