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So I took my car down to the bodyshop who'll be doing the lions share of the work repairing the 407sw and it was the first time I'd driven it - must say, generally speaking that it was a very pleasant experience overall.

It did seem a little noisier than I expected, but then I was driving with no front bumper fitted which I imagine will put a little dent in the aerodynamics heh - bit extra wind noise!!!

So I have a couple minor questions after the drive so here goes....

1. The handbrake. I noticed every time I put the handbrake on or off I rubbed the hell out of my knuckles on the passenger seat - is it supposed to be that far over or do I need to make an "adjustment" (big hammer, and bend it over)? EDIT: Apparently this is a left-over from the conversion from a left hand drive - they just haven't moved it so I guess it's normal - might have to look into a careful bend or something heh...

2. Drivers mirror - it wobbles - I know this isn't a design thing but I wondered if this had happened to anyone else - I REALLY hope it can be tightened up as it's all electric with power fold which makes it nearly a £200 part to replace (probably more from the dealer)

3. Clutch - how high is the clutch "normally" - it seems I barely have to touch it and it's already doing it's thing - I've always been one of those guys who rests his left foot on the clutch while driving but it seems like it'll be too sensitive for that.

4. Brake - seems really soft - quite a bit of travel before any real effect but it does then seem to become effective quickly. Again, is this "normal" or do I have to go messing with fluids/disks/pads?

I've always driven fairly mechanical cars in the past and this one seems to have power assisted every-bloody-thing heh so I know it'll take a little getting used to...
 

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Clutch on mine is a little bit like that, just assumed it was normal.
The brakes on mine were like that but changing the discs and pads sorted it.
Handbrake sounds like it might need a 'gentle adjustment' though.

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OK Mr Slavey

1. Yep if you have big hands you will scrape you knuckles as the handbrake is biased to the LHD

2. Both my mirrors wobble a bit when driving. I keep meaning to take it apart and attempt to fix them but never get time ( Wife & Kids ) I have noticed that they are on ebay for around £60

3. My clutch is very high also but that seems to be the norm

4. Again my brakes are a bit spongy I want to change the Brake Fluid but i'm a little bit scared to do this as Ill need to send the wife out shopping with the girls so I have a day free and she knows the Pin to my Cards :eek:

5. Why do I feel like a Yes man? as i'm agreeing with everything you say :confused:

If you get the mirrors dismantled before me and there is something we can do to fix it post some Pics etc as Ill do the same when I eventually get around to doing mine :thumb:
 

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My brakes take a good jab, My dads car though his brakes are great.
I might do the discs and pads on mine once I've got the miss fire sorted!
It's still perilously close to becoming a Mondeo, Insignia or something else. Next Wednesday at the local Pug dealer is do or die day, it gets sorted or it'll be getting chopped in pronto.
 

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It's kinda odd really - every day I drive a selection of cars ranging from the brand new Caddy 2.0 Tdi C20 to top of the range Range Rovers, Ford Ka's, Passats, literally right across the board, old, new, etc but I never really pay attention to HOW they drive because I know I'll be out of the car within 10 mins so *shrug*. Tonight just paying attention to the 407 made me realise how big a step it is technologically - last car was a 306 1.9D, and a car before that was a 106 1.5D - both pretty physical things to drive - you really feel everything thru the controls - now I have this big vague wooley thing heh (well in comparison)

I'll get used to it I spose (I have to - 3 year bank loan to pay for the damned thing!)
 

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Regarding the brakes, can you check if they will bite sooner if you first give them a very small and quick touch, let go and apply force again?

Mine do this, and I don't understand why. My dad's 407 seem to have a bit firmer and more "responsive" brake pedal feeling. I've tried bleeding them several times, including activating the bleeding of the ABS pump, but to no luck, pedal feeling is still the same, and pedal will take further out if I give it a quick touch before I brake properly.
 

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my drivers side mirror wobbles like that, a little irritating but I put up with it

same with the clutch and the brakes here too so I'm guessing it's normal - tbh it felt horrible getting back into the 407 after having a brand new Astra as a courtesy car a while back, the Astra was a lot more responsive with the brakes, clutch and steering

Regarding the brakes, can you check if they will bite sooner if you first give them a very small and quick touch, let go and apply force again?

Mine do this, and I don't understand why. My dad's 407 seem to have a bit firmer and more "responsive" brake pedal feeling. I've tried bleeding them several times, including activating the bleeding of the ABS pump, but to no luck, pedal feeling is still the same, and pedal will take further out if I give it a quick touch before I brake properly.
yeah I've noticed that too about the harder bite if you tap it twice
 

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same with the clutch and the brakes here too so I'm guessing it's normal - tbh it felt horrible getting back into the 407 after having a brand new Astra as a courtesy car a while back, the Astra was a lot more responsive with the brakes, clutch and steering
snap i had an astra before xmas when my last 407 was written off, and clutch and brake pedal were soo different when we test drove this 407 i had to let 407xjr drive to make sure it felt the same as his.

Also while we're on the subject of brakes, if/when you have to brake hard do you rev the nuts of your car cos your foot catches the top of the throttle pedal ??
 

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Also while we're on the subject of brakes, if/when you have to brake hard do you rev the nuts of your car cos your foot catches the top of the throttle pedal ??
Yes mine does, but only when you jump on the brakes because some daft cow pulled out in her white nissan juke at a roundabout lol
 
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