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General Discussion Area / Re: Makes me wish I had a manual...
« on: 08 August 2006, 16:05:18 »
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And what's stopping you doing that with an auto Bob?

I'd have an auto over a manual any day, but must admit, I wouldn't mind both, (selectotronic or whatever it's called!), for those odd occassions I go for it through some twisties!
I suppose it must depend on what the senso/tip/step/etc tronic box is based on. Some are auto's with manual control and some are manual boxes underneath with auto clutches, but the Mitubushi FTO that my brother had didn't really change gear any faster while in manual than if you'd selected 3 or 2 on your 'normal' auto. Once the novelty had worn off he rarely selected anything but ordinary drive.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Makes me wish I had a manual...
« on: 08 August 2006, 07:49:12 »
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Wait till you get in a nice long traffic jam!  ;) You'll be glad there's only a 'go' pedal & 'stop' pedal, with non of the 'down clutch ...  upclutch' etc etc  ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gearbox poll - what preference?
« on: 09 August 2006, 16:37:51 »
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IMHO all cars ought to be automatic except F1 which should revert to gearknobs! If the industry spent more developing auto gearboxes then they would by now have perfected them fuel economy wise, smoothness of changes and options like Sport, Economy,Hustle,Town etc.

Anyone ever drive a Daf 44? ....
I've driven a similar rubber band/variable pulley/variator set up in an early Fiesta. Strange experience.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gearbox poll - what preference?
« on: 09 August 2006, 07:07:03 »
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Only ever driven an auto once and found it hard to get used to not using my left foot mind you the fact I nearly put it in the back of someone doesnt help things, couldn't get used to it creeping forward. lol ;D

Exactly what most people base their opinions of automatics over manuals on. A run down the road in someone elses auto won't give you an impression of what an auto is really like to live with. Just about every one will 'dip the clutch' at some stage and nearly nut the windscreen cos they've hit the big brake pedal! †:o When you get practised with your auto you can use a foot for each pedal! †8-) ( I know that's NOT what you get taught but I do) As for creeping forward ... why I don't know, but my wife's auto Astra G doesn't creep like al the auto's I've had, it's as though the brake light circuit switches the drive off? :-?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gearbox poll - what's best?
« on: 08 August 2006, 16:06:24 »
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there is not a best...
Correct!

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General Discussion Area / Re: A heartwarming story......
« on: 09 August 2006, 20:58:42 »
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Having read the thread on markie's nicked Rover, it was heartwarming to read in todays paper that a guy in a microlite spotted his mate's caravan being nicked from a caravan park. He followed them in the air for 10 miles while relaying his position to his mate by mobile phone......
It's shame he wasn't carrying the odd bomb or 3. [size=14]Bombs away! [/size] :o

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General Discussion Area / Re: 'Silvatec' bulbs are in.
« on: 07 August 2006, 18:08:29 »
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According to the handbook (page 121), itís easy to change them from left dip to right dip, when I go abroad. Hmmm! †I canít see any levers, does that not apply to HID lights? ......
Easy?!  :o Driver's side is but the passenger side needs the hands of a small child to reach the back of the lamp. I found it impossible with normal size hands without moving the battery.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Looks Nice - Check out the Mileage
« on: 05 August 2006, 11:52:56 »
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It does have TC and facelifts are just a normal Omega, †.....
It was the lack of 'TC' button that made me ask

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General Discussion Area / Re: Looks Nice - Check out the Mileage
« on: 05 August 2006, 10:14:20 »
Diseasals not have Traction Control then?

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