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Old 11-05-2004, 14:23   #1 (permalink)
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Just returned from Europe after a 5 week holiday and have to say I am glad to be home.

While in Ireland we rented a Ford Galaxy 7 seater and I was impressed with the features and handling of this vehicle. From a first glance I thought "here we go a ppl mover this'll be good" but I was truely impressed.

So back to a kind of "normal life" again.
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Old 11-05-2004, 14:30   #2 (permalink)
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Tell us a bit about the cars they tend to use in Europe ,are they generally smaller ones etc ? the price of fuel compared to the A$
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Old 11-06-2004, 02:39   #3 (permalink)
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I agree mate. I lived in Pomgolia for 2 years and once hired one of those so I could get up to Manchester from London. Good features, the first car I've driven with the rear parking sensors too. It was a good cruiser but absolutely shocking fuel economy for a 4 cyl. The only reason we got it was because the fiesta zetec we wanted had mech problems.

As far as the cars they drive over there GTP, mostly 4cyl, mostly Focus', Mk3-5 Escorts and Vauxhall astras as well as golfs, fiestas 306s, 307s etc. Price of juice was back in '01 about 75p per litre.

Saying that though, it wasn't much fun driving my little Mk5 Escort 1.3 on a kraut autobahn. Grossly underpowered but cheap to run nevertheless...
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Old 11-07-2004, 04:57   #4 (permalink)
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when i was over in europe at christmas, we had an opel merriva turbo deisel in italy and a 1.6 focus in england. the opel was by far the better car, like a mini mpv. cruised on 160kmh on the italian motorways with no problem, and a surprising amount of get up and go. the focus was gutless. and i cracked my shin badly getting into the thing >:-(

by far the most popular vehicle in paris and rome was the smart car. once you see the space limitations and the price of fuel in these cities, you can understand why people drive them. they are short enough to be reversed up to the kerb.
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Fuel is now about 87p a litre over here, most of the new cars that people are driving tend to be small for australia.
I am living in south london and most of the cars seem to be new audi a3, 307, mini(bmw) size cars
But there is a street i love to walk down coming back form the shopping where all the excotica seem to be, I have seen the folloing in this street Porsche (all flavours), M3 x4 (2 convertibles), M5 x2, RS4 x2, RS6 x2, SL55 x3, and lots of AMG mercs.
Makes the walk home with the shopping a little more enjoyable :-)
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I remember walking home when I was living in Kilburn NW2, and I saw a very strange looking 3 wheeled plastic car that a set of handlebars for a steering wheel. A robin Reliant or something??
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Fuel is now about 87p a litre over here, most of the new cars that people are driving tend to be small for australia.
I am living in south london and most of the cars seem to be new audi a3, 307, mini(bmw) size cars
But there is a street i love to walk down coming back form the shopping where all the excotica seem to be, I have seen the folloing in this street Porsche (all flavours), M3 x4 (2 convertibles), M5 x2, RS4 x2, RS6 x2, SL55 x3, and lots of AMG mercs.
Makes the walk home with the shopping a little more enjoyable :-)
whereabouts in S.London are you?
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Tell us a bit about the cars they tend to use in Europe ,are they generally smaller ones etc ? the price of fuel compared to the A$
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There are hardly any large cars England. Ireland had a few more of course.

Fuel prices were 89pence and 1.02 euro for unleaded.

Converted to $A that is quite scary.
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