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post #12 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2017, 08:09 PM
JamesPal
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Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Year: 1972, 1981, 1985
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Originally Posted by DaveO430 View Post
1800s first gear is so low it's almost useless. Taking off in 2nd is just fine. CV trans that I know about are awful, good concept but terrible in practice.
I know nothing abut the GL1800 but I have been driving a clutch for 50 years in the part of the country where more stops are on hills than not. On a hill creeping up to a stop sign behind 30-40 cars puts a tremendous strain on a clutch. I had a 2011 CV Subaru Legacy for about two months. In CV mode it would put the engine in the most efficient speed for the power/ driving conditions. Or it could be put in automatic mode and it would shift like a normal automatic. It had paddle shifters on the steering column, one for up shifts, the other for down shifts. It worked very well and was fun to drive.

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