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Because of the engines here, that always makes me laugh.BruceBergman wrote: Yeah, in the USA the stick-shift car is an endangered species because of all the emissions rules.
No, you seem to have missed this bit..BruceBergman wrote: The lag in restart you could get used to - all you have to do is watch the pattern.
When the other side gets their Yellow Light you put the clutch in, and by the time you get the Green and look both ways to make sure the other people actually stopped for the Red... The engine is going.
The former, it's not a multi-shaft CVT like a hybrid uses.BruceBergman wrote: But is that a standard Bendix & Ring Gear starter, or the new style direct drive "Motor the Generator" style like a Hybrid? Standard ones tend to wear out every so often and suddenly fail (!!) And some car makers do really stupid things like Toyota burying the starter motor in the Vee between the cylinder banks, where it takes hours of digging to change it...
Oh yes, and I forgot, don't need to look for a pattern, the traffic lights will tell you.ChloeRed wrote:
No, you seem to have missed this bit..
With the manual stop-start, pressing the clutch to put it into gear starts the engine, when you press the accelerator, the car moves off as it's now running.
With the automatic gearbox, the engine doesn't start till you take your foot off the brake and press the accelerator. There's no way to "watch the traffic" and start the engine with out pressing the throttle.
This is the part you're getting screwed on. I know the insurance ["the white man's burden" :) ] people have their accounts to balance, but that sounds like a 'jack.ChloeRed wrote: The quote for repairs is £2000 + VAT, the recovery/storage/shipping is £2400. [emphasis added -- CF] The value of the car is £5400, and I have a £400 excess. So the question is going to be, if they use the non-VAT prices, will they pay £4000 on a £5400 car to repair her, or will they pay out £5000 to me, and £2000 to recovery/etc companies) and write it off.