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Old 05-01-2018, 06:23 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by JockoT View Post
I have never driven a car with all these fancy gadgets (at least not that I was aware of). I was taught to do a handbrake hill start and have never had a problem with it. This is the first manual transmission car I have owned with more than 4 gears. For about the first 10 years of my driving I only drove 3 speed transmissions. I found 4 a bit of a handful to begin with!
I didn't even know Toyota had hill start assist until after I got rid of the Matrix and Prius.

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Old 05-01-2018, 10:50 AM   #12
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Nah its a traditional auto, CVTS are even worse, hate the things, don't care how clever or efficient they are, they ruin cars full stop! The one in her new car is also a conventional auto but with optional flappy paddle gear shifters too.

I've just driven back from Cardiff in a brand new Audi with a DSG box, that wasn't a nice experience either, I'm really struggling to see why these gearboxes are becoming popular other than high traffic situations or medical reasons, but each to thier own I guess...


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Old 05-01-2018, 12:01 PM   #13
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I love traditional hydraulic automatic transmissions. I started with a Carlton, back in 1990, then a Cavalier, then the Volvo S40. 25 years in all, before going back to a manual. The Vauxhalls had a Sport button, which I seldom used. I would have loved to have used it all the time but it drank petrol in that format. I was not averse to using the gear lever when circumstances required it, but most of the time I just left it in Drive. But no doubt about it, in a slow moving queue of traffic (often a couple of miles to cross the Forth bridges), an automatic is worth its weight in gold.

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