Motors > My Wheels - Jeff Tyndall
Jeff Tyndall, MD of Jatech, the Stonehouse-based custom software development and IT specialist, on his Honda FR-V, 2.2 diesel.
Q. What car do you drive: make, model, year, engine size, petrol/diesel/hybrid, optional extras?
A. Honda FR-V, 2006, 2.2 litre Diesel
Q. What, if any, modifications have you or previous owner made to it?
A. It is completely standard except for the roof rack
Q. Do you let anyone else drive it?
A. My wife drives it very occasionally. Even more occasionally a kayaking friend may drive it if Iím too tired to drive after a day on a river somewhere.
Q. How long have you had it?
A. It was bought new in June 2006
Q. What did it replace?
A. It was originally bought for my wife to replace a very unreliable Fiat Multipla, however I inherited it from her after a few thousand miles after we sold my Mercedes C Class Sports Coupe.
Q. What attracted you to it?
A. It has 6 seats and a very large boot and has very good fuel economy
Q. What are its best qualities?
A. It can carry 6 adults on holiday with their entire luggage in reasonable comfort, especially with a roof box fitted. It can take 4 kayakers with their canoes/kayaks and associated equipment to rivers around the country. It has cruise control. Itís quiet, economical but also performs well. A great utility vehicle!
Q. What are its worst?
A. It gets treated as a utility vehicle by the four teenage kids and has become rather battered.
Q. Has it ever let you down?
A. Itís a Honda Ė say no more.
Q. What sort of mileage do you clock up every week/year?
A. About 20000 miles per year
Q. What is the ratio of business to private mileage?
A. About 20% business, a substantial part of its mileage is driving to and from rivers in Wales and Devon to go kayaking or canoeing.
Q. What is your commute to work?
A. 8 miles each way
Q. Would you buy another of this model/marque?
A. I probably wouldnít buy another FR-V as the teenage kids will hopefully have fled the nest, and six seats are no longer necessary, but would certainly consider another Honda as itís been very reliable.
Q. If cost was not an issue, what would be your dream car and why?
A. Iím quite practical, and into fuel economy, so I would probably get a C Class Mercedes Diesel Estate with roof bars.