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Old October 26th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #28261
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If you have an automatic transmission car, can you change the rpm that triggers an automatic shift change? Can you make traction control more or less responsive (might be dangerous though)? What about changing the configuration of a turbocharger control?
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Old October 26th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #28262
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Ah, all these things you can do!

But to change the rpm for shift change, usually better you can just invoke a shift manually (if you have that feature). Traction control responsiveness is usually a wash - better on or off. Turbo control this one can be fun, but often you'll end up limited by knocking, but perhaps you can get higher boost pressure for a short time (go beyond max limit but not provoke knock) you could also change the rise rate and some other variables of the turbo control but these are or should be designed for the physical capabilities of the components and shouldn't be touched. Also you can't go very far with it as you will reach physical limits of the turbocharger. But, of course, you can always install a bigger turbo too
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Old October 26th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #28263
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Interesting.

Of all aspects of driving, nothing is as annoying and boring, to me, as changing shifts.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:01 PM   #28264
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Interesting.

Of all aspects of driving, nothing is as annoying and boring, to me, as changing shifts.
To be honest, I like it. There is nothing better to drive than beautiful alpine pass with lot of curves through breathtaking nature with frequent need to change shifts. And the sound of accelerating engine or breaking by shifting down... great
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #28265
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Indeed, I have been driving my convertible (manual gearbox) recently before the year ends and I forgot how much I love driving with that
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:40 PM   #28266
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Indeed, I have been driving my convertible (manual gearbox) recently before the year ends and I forgot how much I love driving with that
What convertible? I've drive such car once and it multiplied the joy. Sore eyes were definitely worth it
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:45 PM   #28267
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Saab 900 Turbo classic model, 1991
very similar to this:


Its still fun to drive with the roof down at 0 *C, just put heater on at the floor and wear scarf
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:48 PM   #28268
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Saab 900 Turbo classic model, 1991
very similar to this:


Its still fun to drive with the roof down at 0 *C, just put heater on at the floor and wear scarf
What a beauty
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:54 PM   #28269
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Shifting can be fun and joy in a strong car, in not so strong car it is just another part of the driving job which can get quite boring.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #28270
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Shifting can be fun and joy in a strong car, in not so strong car it is just another part of the driving job which can get quite boring.
but on the other hands, automatic transmission makes weak cars even weaker...
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Old October 26th, 2014, 08:14 PM   #28271
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Modern automatic transmissions (with double clutch) shift very good. Plus, you can also switch it to manual.

I drive a manual car, but if I would have money I would buy a car with automatic double-clutch transmission.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #28272
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Automatic transmission is historically not popular in the Netherlands due to the high taxes. Automatic transmission means more weight, means more fuel consumption, means higher car purchase tax and higher road tax.

Automatic transmission is usually limited to higher end models in the Netherlands, but it is becoming somewhat more popular. I'm not sure of any statistics, but I think around 80% of the passenger cars in NL do not have automatic transmission.
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Modern automatic transmissions (with double clutch) shift very good. Plus, you can also switch it to manual.

I drive a manual car, but if I would have money I would buy a car with automatic double-clutch transmission.
i admit, i still think of dual-clutch technology as world wonder, but it is today's standard.
are there any classic automatic gearbox systemy being built in modern cars?
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Old October 26th, 2014, 10:43 PM   #28274
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Saab 900 Turbo classic model, 1991
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Its still fun to drive with the roof down at 0 *C, just put heater on at the floor and wear scarf
A useful skill in Montreal. Do you have winter plug-ins too?
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Old October 26th, 2014, 10:45 PM   #28275
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Just back from Ikea, with three bookcases and an urge to learn Swedish.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #28276
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Montreal is too warm for the plug-ins, almost all cars come from dealer with them installed (except Mercedes, put the element but not the cord you need to buy ), the posts are rare. But some people use them, they're very useful for about a week. I don't have one so never bother... If it is -10 it is not worthwhile to spend the trouble to arrange the cord. If it is -20 it is worthwhile, you save gasoline and car warms faster. But - your electric cord may fall apart, it happened to me one winter (need good quality insulation!)

But if you go to Quebec City, any prairie city (especially Edmonton) or northern Quebec they are everywhere and ubiquitous

I love my Ikea Poang chairs. The arms are open so you can... well you can use them in ways not planned in the design process
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Old October 27th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #28277
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I don't mind changing gears but I don't like constantly depressing the clutch pedal as it hurts my knee after a while. That is one of the reasons why I like Smart cars, as they are all semi-automatic. You can let the Smart change gear by itself, but it doesn't really work properly, so it is usually best to change yourself.

I can understand why fully automatic is not popular in Europe, but I don't understand why semi-automatic isn't popular in small cars, other than the Smart, given that we do a lot of urban stop-start driving in Europe.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:38 AM   #28278
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So how is everyone in Europe enjoying Winter Time so far? We have another week before we change the clocks and it starts getting dark while we're still at work. [shudder]
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:48 AM   #28279
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Clocks here went back one hour last night and the snow that fell here in the valley a few days ago is gone now. Looking forward to warmer days ahead. This is a photo I took yesterday morning approaching Mayrhofen:

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Old October 27th, 2014, 02:35 AM   #28280
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nice to look at, but I wouldn't give up 10° warmer climate to be there in person
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