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Old 03-21-2002, 02:22 PM
TimFreeh TimFreeh is offline
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I have no productions figures to back my observations up but I would guess 10-20% of the 240D's in the USA are equipped with manual transmissions....

I have a 81 240D automatic and use it as a backup daily driver. I live in a state that does not have any hills and is at sea level and I can testify that when I drive the 240D I have to recalibrate the way I drive.
You need to leave much more space for merging and pulling out in traffic. Many people that drive 240D's on a daily basis are familiar with the "slingshot" method utilized to pass traffic on two lane roads. This method requires knowlege of the road being travelled, when you are approaching a passing zone you drop back a couple hundred yards and then use the space to accelerate the car to a safe passing speed while hoping the passing zone will be clear. If the passing zone is not clear you have to jump on the brakes and resume your place behind the slower driver...

I would not be comfortable driving the car in heavy city traffic or in high altitude areas. I have driven the stick version of a 240D and it is a substantial improvement over the automatic - but a stick 240D is still way below a non-turbo 300D with an automatic.
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