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TURN FOR BETTER
YOUR logic on turning left at traffic lights makes perfect sense. In the US everyone turns right on red lights, without any problems. This needs a community push and sensible bureaucrats to make it happen.
Neville H, email Thanks for the support. We’re hoping you’re not the only one.
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with you on safe left turns at red lights. Definitely try to have the law changed.
Rob Burgess, email So Neville is not alone.
DOUBLE THE CLUTCH
TWO old motor mechanics would like to know which model BMW cars have double clutches in them. Are we talking about manual gearboxes or is this something special to BMW? We understand a double clutch as in a heavy-duty truck, but. . .
Ron Griffett, Northcote Twin-clutch, or twin-shaft, manual gearboxes are becoming quite common as a morph from a traditional manual and an automatic. The two shafts and two clutches mean one gear is permanently engaged, with the gears either side ‘‘on standby’’ for a change. So one clutch opens and the other closes to shift gears.
KEEP UP OR GET OUT
AS ONE of those ghastly motorists who actually want to travel at the speed limit, I will respond to Bill Hill ( carsGuide, September 17). I want to travel at the posted speed limit because I can, because my vehicle is capable and because I am capable. How does one get ‘‘caught in the right lane’’? Did aliens abduct your car and plonk it there? If you or you vehicle is unable to maintain a fair speed that the rest of us want to do, then stay out. Why does Bill Hill feel it necessary to crawl in the righthand lane because there are a few raindrops? Why does Bill think he is the moral police and enforces his will on to everyone else by holding them up?
Robert Hall, email Harsh but perhaps fair.
I’VE read with interest comments about E10 fuel and find some bewildering. I own a 2006 Toyota 2.4 Camry and I’ve used E10 fuel since the day I bought it. I have not noticed any discernible increase in my fuel consumption.
Neil McKinnon, email The carsGuide stories on increased fuel consumption apply to E85 fuel, not E10. There is no reason for such a consumption change with E10, but E85 burns much faster and the consumption is typically 25-30 per cent worse than unleaded.
Get in gear: the BMW M3 has a twin-clutch manual gearbox.