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Old 11-11-2007, 03:37 AM   #71
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Honestly, I can't stand automatics. It's just not as much fun.
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:40 AM   #72
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Fun shmun. I just can't wait to get my license and a car. Who cares about all them little details.
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:10 AM   #73
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Now that I've been on 132 HP for 7 months, I'm itching for upgrades
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:12 AM   #74
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Has anyone accidentally down-shifted instead of up? It's not a very pleasant experience. I went back down to first instead of going up to third once. I almost smacked my head on the steering wheel.
No, but in an old car where the doohickey that prevents you from accidentally engaging reverse gear was badly worn & I dropped into reverse at 40mph , that was spectacular!! gears stripped out, gearbox locked solid & about an inch of stinking rubber left on the highway, there were no "boy racers" in those days, but my mishap sure made it look like it, WOW!!
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Yeah, most cars won't let you go into reverse unless you go into neutral first. I don't know what I would do if that happened to me. Did the other gears work?
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:31 AM   #76
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Yeah, most cars won't let you go into reverse unless you go into neutral first. I don't know what I would do if that happened to me. Did the other gears work?
But you have to remember Chris that this was an old old basic Ford Escort, a real rustbucket I got for next to nothing when I was a single guy, as to the other gears, man that box was solid, r-e-e-a-a-l solid!!
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Well, I guess it was no real loss then
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Well, I guess it was no real loss then
Dead right, I've owned around 16 cars since then, & none on terms [hire purchase]
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Do you mean like no warranties? Or just paid for it all in the beginning?
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Do you mean like no warranties? Or just paid for it all in the beginning?
Paid for them all up front, around 80% were used, 2 to 3 years olds, the remainder new, I'm just lucky I guess that I've had the cash to do it, & still have, even at my age, but I won't be buying any more, the A class Merc suits me just fine
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