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Leaving the 13th. . Decided to fly and get a rental after some number crunching. I'm hoping to get a Corolla as a rental, but I think I'll end up with a Fiesta. . . Sadly I won't get to visit any junkyards while in Michigan or Pennsylvania.
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Where in PA?

I've gotten Rollas as rentals at Hertz every now and then. But Chevy and Nissan are probably the biggest fleet brands these days. I don't see too many Fords anymore.
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Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Gettysburg, Johnstown, Ligonier. . . That's just for Pa. lol
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Wow! I'm in Pit every now and then for work. Much nicer city than rumor has it. Great restaurants.
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I'll be visiting family, and I agree Pittsburgh isn't too bad. They've cleaned it up a lot over the years.
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Well, I have to chime in now....where are you going in Michigan?

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I'll be visiting friends near Grand Rapids.
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Pittsburgh,
My Mom grew up there, in Churchhill Borough.

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Ligonier. . .
Watch out, I heard that their disease is flaring back up.

Will you have time to check out the abandoned tunnels?

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Probably not. . . This is what happens when you don't visit family/friends after 5/6 years. I would love to see it though!! I love abandoned things. . . I'm tempted to visit Detroit, but that would probably ruin my wife's idea of what the US is. lol (She's from Vietnam)
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Ironically Legionairre's Disease was actually discovered in Pennsylvannia, but isn't related to Ligonier :P (it's because the outbreak happened at an American Legion gathering)


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Only Junkyard worth anything in PA near me is EZ Pull, which is about 45 minutes north of the Cabela's in Hamburg. Dirt cheap though the best engines are always gone by the time you find them as are most really rare parts as people check it often due to the cheap prices. Local yards mostly have domestics, certainly nothing unusual in imports. Gettysburg is a nice town. I don't enjoy the drive out there from where I live but it's quaint, and the Battlefields/museum are fascinating. It's less of a tourist trap than where I live in Lancaster, I've really gotten tired of it but driving the back roads through Amish country away from the tourist areas of Route 30/Old Philadelphia Pike really is one of the best drives in the country imo and the entire area is a photographer's dream. Nothing for miles, windy, often fairly fast roads (40-45mph speed limits) typically on the way to various parks/rail trails. Some of Mr.Regular's drives in the country side (like in the Cressida and recent Falcon ride) are a good indicator of the area even though he is north of me in Reading.

Only downside is a lot of those roads are often in small municipalities and boroughs that pave by tarring the road and coating it in rock chips/gravel. It's basically a rally course until the loose stuff comes off the road surface and the rest packs in/cures, plus it beats on the car. But that, combined with snow, and some local roads I know that are gravel/dirt are probably why I prefer rally style AWD cars over muscle cars most people out here prefer, and to some extent RWD sporty cars (Miata/FRS) due to those being useless in winter. The hills though mean a traditional stick shift can be a lot of work.
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I've been trying in vain to post an update. . Hopefully this goes through. The hotel's wifi have been terrible, my phone sucks, and my Mom doesn't have internet (yeah, it's true, someone in this day and age without internet lol). The rental car is a Focus, and I really want to like it, but I can't. The transmission acts like it has no idea what it wants/needs to do. When gently pulling forward it will lurch suddenly, like a manual transmission popping the clutch. On hills it also feels like a manual transmission that is slipping. I give it gas, car slows, and the rpms suddenly spike. It will occasionally do this on level ground too. . . Visibility isn't great. but wow it rides smooth and it's comfortable to sit in. We made it to Michigan, had fun, but missed out on some great museums. . . Maybe next time now that I know about them. Now we're in Gettysburg, and tomorrow we go to Arlington National Cemetery, then back to Gettysburg.

Cipher- We drove through the Buchanan Forest, and wow, such nice roads. . . Too bad my wife gets car sick! I would have love to have driven through with an AWD car! My wife actually points out junkyards, but we haven't gone into any since I didn't bring tools.
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I had a rental Focus in Dallas. Got GREAT MPGs, drove from Dallas to Arlington and back, then Dallas to McKinney, McKinney to Denton, and Denton back to Dallas on $10 (little under 5 gallons) of gas; got like 39mpg, so was very impressed. Rest of the car not so much. Got very tired of the interior shapes, felt it was difficult to get comfortable with and memorize where everything was and I agree visibility was not good. Engine had 20 more hp than my old 2011 but didn't feel it due to the awful A/T programming. The way it would hesitate when trying to merge or change lanes on a 4 lane freeway would really scare me, yet rolling out from a stop you'd be rolling slow, give it a little gas, it'd fumble for a lower gear, then lurch and go. I'll take the old, tried and true 4 speed the 2011 any time over the Getrag/Ford DCT.

The latter, combined with crappy brakes played a huge part of me popping someone at a light when it changed, we were leaving, and the car in front of them randomly stopped. One tiny scratch in their rear bumper from my plate that buffed out, while my car needed a hood, grille, had holes in the bumper, and broke the hood latch. Overall it solved the fact my 2011 was a pig on gas for it's displacement/size but was not as fun to drive due to the awful drive train despite the better sorted chassis. Problem with DCTs right now is in real world driving it seems the unrefined operation of the clutches really put a damper on it, and the way it needs to try and guess the gear and have it ready before a change hurts shift quality. I'd have an easier time with a real clutch as I would at least know when it grabs. Enjoy the rest of your trip, hope it goes well!
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Wait, base model Focuses use dual clutch transmissions??
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Yes, the old Mazda designed/based 4 speed got dumped in 2012 for the 6 speed DCT, though the very base models may only come with a traditional 6 speed M/T. It's a Getrag unit that is pretty brilliant in how it is put together and works but the software behind it is flakey. Seems like the vast majority of the early models had issues with shutters that were addressed with new software and recalls though I'm sure some complaints were due to not being familiar with how it works. That said I know someone with a 2012 and is losing 1st gear (apparently not a rare problem for early units), which is pretty disappointing.

Edit: I'm biased but I quite like that 4 speed. Always downshifted when I wanted it, was smooth enough, shifted in a timely matter, and had a nice firm feel to it. But it was dated so out it went. People knock the 4 speed still being in the new Corolla but something to be said for going with what you know.
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