Cars we don't get to drive

The car makers we all know only give us a smattering of the models available word wide.
My rental here in Italy is a Citroen C4. It has a diesel engine, five speed
manual, all sorts of options and electronics in the dash display. Comfortable seating, covered cargo hatch, and handles and rides well. Filled up today and I was getting 46 mpg. Diesel was $7.80 a gallon.
Hyundai has a few small models, but they have not made the inroads here as in the US. I've only seen one Kia so far.
This morning I drove SR65 from Florence to Bologna. It goes through the Futa Pass and twists and turns all the way. A great trip! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motorbikes/2745107/The-long-and-winding-road.html
The road from Florence to Bologna cuts through the Apennines like a silk ribbon blown on to a rockery. In the Second World War, the German army defended the Gothic Line from the American advance up there and the graves bear witness to the fierce fighting. Long before that, however, the Futa Pass had been identified as one of Italy's greatest driving roads. Between 1927 and 1957 it was part of the Mille Miglia race, when vast crowds of enthusiastic spectators would assemble on each of the wide, sweeping corners to cheer the drivers.
The retrospective Mille Miglia still tracks north on the Futa Pass, although these days the field has to mix it with a weekend armada of leisure bikes and sports cars. The time to enjoy the Futa is early in the morning, when you will share the road with a select few; Lamborghini test drivers have been known to set their alarms and so, too, Ducati testers.
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery-turbo/14006-twist-the-throttle-ducati-ride-through-the-futa-pass-video.htm http://theitalywiki.com/index.php/Futa_Pass
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US or Imperial gallon?
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US gallon
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On 9/27/2011 11:18, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

You sure, you getting the translation right ????
Remember, you are driving a French car (Why not a LAMBO ????), that measure things in Km and Liters, and you pay in Euros, not $, way too many conversions.... Last time I was in the old country, gas was 0.93 euros/Liter, diesel was 0.89 .... of course, 6 years ago....
BTW, forget about Bologna, or Rome, Florence is the BEST part of Italy.
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The Euro is down to 1.356. Diesel is 1.49 to 1.59 Kilometer is still .621 miles
That 7.80 is 5.73 euro per gallon or 1.51 per liter. Diesel is running 1.45 to 1.59 depending on brand and location.
Last time I was here it was 1.24, about 4 years ago.
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I am getting 23 mpg in my Sonata in the city. Gas is $3.60 today. So it's basically a wash, price wise. I heard diesel engines do not last as long. Is this still true, generally speaking?
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DK wrote:

Where did you hear that? Diesel engines typically outlast gasoline engines at least 2:1 and often more. Sounds like you are still playing the Oldsmobile tape from 3 decades ago. Those weren't really engines designed to be diesels, they were gasoline engines that were converted to be diesels and the conversion was really poorly done.
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wrote:

It is a wash apple/oranges, but think how much you potentially save if you got 40 mpg. I get about 28 on my Sonata, about 2/3 highway and I drive 23,000 per year. 821 gallon versus 575 or a savings of 246 gallons or $885. Diesels do cost more to buy so that is another factor.
The old GM diesels of the 70's were crap; they were converted gas engines with poor engineering.. My 5 cylinder Mercedes just sounded as good as the day it was new when I sold it with 200,000. A good diesel will last much longer than a gas engine. Trucks often get 1 to 2 million miles.
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On Sun, 2 Oct 2011 17:24:46 +0200, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

5 cylinder diesel engine? My first driving lessons were on a van with 3 cylinder Perkins diesel engine. The whole van would rock'roll when starting up, but ran very smoothly once it was warmed up and on the road. Picture of this type of van is here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trojan_van,_Abergavenny_steam_rally.jpg
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Nifty looking truck.
Mercedes came out with a 5 cylinder turbocharged engine about late 70's or so.
Looks like it has been used often http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight-five_engine
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