Australian hire car lottery.

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Australian hire car lottery.

Post by scotta » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:02 am

Booked 2 cars for a week. Cheapest we could find that would fit our luggage was a small SUV “Mitsubishi ASX” or similar.

Ive ended up with a Nissan X-Trail 2.5 petrol with a horrendous CVT automatic. They only had one SUV so my BIL got “Upgraded” to a saloon class car. He’s got a Vauxhall (Holden) Astra saloon 1.4 turbo - Also auto but not cvt. Both shit but I think mines is least shit.

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Post by Simon » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:16 am

I found the Astra to be a decent car. It reviews well too. Not tried the auto but the manual was fine.
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Post by mik » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:30 am

I agree that yours is less shit. Commiserations.

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Post by speedingfine » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:47 am

CVT makes baby Jesus cry. I would definitely be pissed having to listen to that on holiday :mrgreen:

Hope that's the kind of reply you wanted, apologies if not :lol:

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Post by Matty » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:23 am

Not car related but Australia is definitely on the visit list. Not sure I could last through the plane journey, mind.

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Post by scotta » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:37 am

Matty wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:23 am
Not car related but Australia is definitely on the visit list. Not sure I could last through the plane journey, mind.
36 hours....

Not looking forwards to returning.

Spent the weekend in Brisbane. We’re now in a huge villa on the Gold Coast. Went to surfers paradise today. It’s “winter” so the place is empty. It’s 29 degrees...

V8 supercars on Sunday.

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Post by mik » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:41 am

scotta wrote: V8 supercars on Sunday.
I'm not jealous, but thats enough about that. Nobody is interested mate. Nope.

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Post by RobYob » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:29 am

scotta wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:37 am
Matty wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:23 am
Not car related but Australia is definitely on the visit list. Not sure I could last through the plane journey, mind.
36 hours....

Not looking forwards to returning.
Is that 36hours because of the time difference or because of long layovers?

It's worth taking a day or three in Singapore or HK or Dubai just to get out of an Aeroplane for a bit.
But it's a PITA (literally) to do in one hit.

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Post by scotta » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:42 am

RobYob wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:29 am
scotta wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:37 am
Matty wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:23 am
Not car related but Australia is definitely on the visit list. Not sure I could last through the plane journey, mind.
36 hours....

Not looking forwards to returning.
Is that 36hours because of the time difference or because of long layovers?

It's worth taking a day or three in Singapore or HK or Dubai just to get out of an Aeroplane for a bit.
But it's a PITA (literally) to do in one hit.
One hit. 6 hours in Singapore. 1.5 hour in Germany

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Post by RobYob » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:47 am

scotta wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:42 am
RobYob wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:29 am
scotta wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:37 am


36 hours....

Not looking forwards to returning.
Is that 36hours because of the time difference or because of long layovers?

It's worth taking a day or three in Singapore or HK or Dubai just to get out of an Aeroplane for a bit.
But it's a PITA (literally) to do in one hit.
One hit. 6 hours in Singapore. 1.5 hour in Germany
Fair enough, facilities in S'pore are supposed to be nice. We did the Dubai-Melbourne leg in one hit, even in a fairly quiet and comfortable A380 it's just a frigging long time in a confined space.

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Post by Mito Man » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:53 am

I’d like to try the direct flight for shits and giggles.
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Post by JLv3.0 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:54 am

Australia is too far away for too little reward. There - I've said it. Nice place to live but not worth the travel time to visit. So anyone who does is doing it wrong and should be ashamed.

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Post by Mito Man » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:05 am

I’ve never been but know many Australian’s here who seem to prefer to the UK just because we’re so close to everywhere else. Nurses certainly seemed to prefer working and living here.
Basically if you’re going to fly across the world go to Japan :lol:
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Post by ZedLeg » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:26 am

JLv3.0 wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:54 am
Australia is too far away for too little reward. There - I've said it. Nice place to live but not worth the travel time to visit.
Aye, I've been a few times as I have family over there but I'd rather just go to a nice bit of Europe.
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Post by JLv3.0 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:29 am

I hate it when we agree - I have almost no frame of reference for it :lol:

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Post by ZedLeg » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:33 am

:lol:

I will say car culture over there is pretty good. Cool american stuff, cool japanese stuff, their own weird versions of stuff and the climate means you get folk just driving around in stuff that would be hermetically sealed here.

One of my uncles mates uses a Renault 5 Turbo 2 pretty much daily.
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Post by JLv3.0 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:38 am

Again - a nice place to live and settle in, but not worth it to visit. It's the UK with better weather and lethal wildlife and the Aussies are Brits with an accent.

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Post by RobYob » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:48 am

Mito Man wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:05 am
I’ve never been but know many Australian’s here who seem to prefer to the UK just because we’re so close to everywhere else. Nurses certainly seemed to prefer working and living here.
Basically if you’re going to fly across the world go to Japan :lol:
It's also not so goddamn hot in summer. Compactness is nice too. Travel 30min in the UK and it's likely your in somewhere new and interesting with people talking in funny accents. Or I might be suffering the "normal for Norfolk" effect :D

Japan is also fecking hot and crowded and polluted and crowded.

Go to Aus, enjoy cheap and delicious SE Asian food, nice national parks, the barrier reef and the red centre. 8-)

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Post by JLv3.0 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:49 am

Or LITERALLY any major European city, various parts of Asia, Northern Central and Southern America or Canada which are closer and way more interesting :lol: - oh and Scandinavia.

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