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PostSat Nov 11, 2017 7:08 pm 
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I don't get why so many hikers out on the MLH are always in such a freakin' hurry to get to and from the TH? I thought hiking and taking drives in the country were supposed to be leisurely and relaxing?  rolleyes.gif  Annoying.

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PostMon Nov 13, 2017 5:46 pm 
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AlpineRose wrote:
Ya think the price of their gas may have something to do with that?

Certainly, gasoline is more like $6-9 gallon in Europe, mostly taxes of course. 

I rented a station wagon in Spain, it had a 6 speed manual,  but also an auto shutdown/restart mechanism.   Stop at a stoplight,  clutch depressed, engine turns off automatically.  Press gas pedal a bit to go, engine restarts automatically and instantly.  Mileage was in the high 30s / low 40s.   It wasn't gutless either. 

The VW diesel emissions debacle is interesting-- as US EPA emissions standards seem to be set to just exclude a whole category of small displacement high efficiency diesel engines popular in Europe, while allowing less efficient larger diesel engines used in trucks / commercial vehicles.  So I wonder if this diesel emissions standards are more about sustaining US oil consumption/us car makers than about protecting the health of us residents.

Of course in Europe a car is more of luxury than an essential than it is here in the USA , particularly the western states.   It is much more practical to live carless in Europe.
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PostMon Nov 13, 2017 7:28 pm 
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RandyHiker wrote:
I rented a station wagon in Spain, it had a 6 speed manual, but also an auto shutdown/restart mechanism. Stop at a stoplight, clutch depressed, engine turns off automatically. Press gas pedal a bit to go, engine restarts automatically and instantly. Mileage was in the high 30s / low 40s. It wasn't gutless either.

I am currently in the US and I have a rental car (European sedan). It's an automatic and does the same thing (the engine turns off when I come to a complete stop for more than a few seconds).
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PostMon Nov 13, 2017 8:56 pm 
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The rental BMWs in the ReachNow carshare fleet do the same thing.  It was a bit unnerving the first time I drove one and it shut down at a stoplight.  Fired right back up quickly when I touched the gas though.
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PostFri Nov 17, 2017 6:48 pm 
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I made over 70 trips to Europe the last 25 years.  Every time I was walking around Id look into cars and trucks (yes there are some) and I've NEVER seen an automatic transmission in an automobile.  Ever!  Sigh, there are some things the Europeans do better than us.  Sadly.

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PostFri Nov 17, 2017 11:02 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
there are some things the Europeans do better than us.  Sadly.

Uh, yeah, not some things, most things, at least those things having to do with quality of life.  Why sadly?  We are a democracy, just like they are.  WE are responsible for our own s**t.
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PostSun Apr 22, 2018 10:21 am 
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My CrosTrek needs a 30K service.  Anybody ever taken their Subaru to this place?  It's on Bothell Way.

http://suburbservice.net/

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PostSun Apr 22, 2018 5:33 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
I've NEVER seen an automatic transmission in an automobile.  Ever!  Sigh,

Rented an automatic last trip to UK..nice Volvo. The Toyota we rented also had an automatic.
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PostMon Apr 23, 2018 6:50 am 
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New for 2019 - the Subaru Ascent
8 passengers and 5000 lb towing capacity.  It looks like a pretty nice replacement for my Honda Pilot.
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PostMon Apr 23, 2018 11:27 am 
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Slim wrote:
My CrosTrek needs a 30K service.  Anybody ever taken their Subaru to this place?  It's on Bothell Way.

http://suburbservice.net/

I'm not familiar with that place but I've been going here for service on my Forester and have been satisfied. At least one other member here I know has his Subaru serviced here as well.

https://scanwestauto.com

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PostMon Apr 23, 2018 1:30 pm 
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My CrosTrek needs a 30K service.  Anybody ever taken their Subaru to this place?  It's on Bothell Way.

http://suburbservice.net/

I took my Outback there for a service, I think the 30k or 60k service. They also had to replace a control arm boot and the arm. I was happy with the service and price. They also showed me what to watch for if the boot comes off again. Only negative was their free loaner car. It was an old Forester with 200k+ miles and drove fine but overheated on me in the 20 minute drive home. Turns out they'd just worked on it and forgot to plug the cooling fan in again.

I've had my last three services at Pacific Rim Auto in Wallingford and been very happy. Fair prices, good service, nice people.
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PostTue Apr 24, 2018 10:57 am 
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Slim wrote:
My CrosTrek needs a 30K service.  Anybody ever taken their Subaru to this place?  It's on Bothell Way.

http://suburbservice.net/

I haven't, but I think going with an independent mechanic who also specializes in your make of auto is a good option. Plus, looking through their website, I see they offer a free one-time oil change!
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PostWed Apr 25, 2018 3:07 pm 
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Be careful with the local Subie shops. I always support independent specialist shops, but with some of the local Subie shops you can end up paying just as much as you would at a dealer.
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