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Re: Tow report

Post by scot850 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:36 am

For me the main advantage in Europe is more of the cars have stick shifts not autos like here. Ever tried to rent a stick shift in UK? Twice the price of an auto.

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Re: Tow report

Post by Rattnalle » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:52 am

scot850 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:36 am
For me the main advantage in Europe is more of the cars have stick shifts not autos like here. Ever tried to rent a stick shift in UK? Twice the price of an auto.

Neil.
We're swinging around to autos here as well. Before only a small portion of cars were autos. Now mostly cheap or poorly equipped cars are manuals. And some sports cars.

I'm never buying a manual again I think. Maybe if I get a sports car of some kind. But I'd rather have an auto with paddles I think.

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Re: Tow report

Post by abscate » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:13 am

scot850 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:36 am
For me the main advantage in Europe is more of the cars have stick shifts not autos like here. Ever tried to rent a stick shift in UK? Twice the price of an auto.

Neil.
Did you get this backwards?
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Re: Tow report

Post by Rattnalle » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:29 am

abscate wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:13 am
scot850 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:36 am
For me the main advantage in Europe is more of the cars have stick shifts not autos like here. Ever tried to rent a stick shift in UK? Twice the price of an auto.

Neil.
Did you get this backwards?
I read it as US instead of UK since that made more sense :-)

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Re: Tow report

Post by scot850 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:06 am

Yes as usual the brain was running behind the hands typing. Renting an AUTO in Europe is 2 x price of a stick shift/manual.

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Re: Tow report

Post by Rattnalle » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:39 am

scot850 wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:06 am
Yes as usual the brain was running behind the hands typing. Renting an AUTO in Europe is 2 x price of a stick shift/manual.

Neil.
In Sweden most rentals in the premium segment are autos. Cheap cars are manuals. But to be guaranteed an auto you have to pay some extra though not too much.

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Re: Tow report

Post by abscate » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:10 am

SWMBO took 7 ladies on an Italy vacation last year and was going to rent two Fiat autos for her and sister to shuttle people - Hertz ran out of cars and she negotiated a stick diesel van seating 7 for 1/4 the price. None of the other tourists could drive stick, so she bent them over the transmission and dipsticked them on price.

SWMBO driving stick for the win....
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Re: Tow report

Post by scot850 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:18 am

I have only driven a stick shift once since moving to Canada 17 years ago from Scotland. However, returning to UK it means my 2 brain cells adapt back to driving on the other side of the car and road much quicker as I mostly only drove stick in European driving.

I'd still have a stick transmission for 'fun' driving but as I A) don't drive much any more B) mostly do either town driving or log distance driving, auto trans are better suited.

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Re: Tow report

Post by abscate » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:35 am

We have three sticks in our fleet, which I prefer for winter driving. Business wise I rarely get caught in stop and go anymore - the Volvos drive well in heavy,moving traffic if I stay in 3-4th gear.

The P2 can go from 10-50 in third so it really is nice in NY/NJ traffic.

The turbo Beetle needs a lot of stirring of the gear shift but with the top down, you don't mind
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Re: Tow report

Post by wizechatmgr » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:11 pm

NY/NJ traffic... Otherwise known as "rowing" =) 1,2,3,2,1,2,3,2,1,2,3,2,1
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