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    Thank you for asking. It only took 16 nights for it to get back to us! Corsica!!!
    We are finding the clutch very light to use and are watching each other’s feet to make sure we are not resting our left foot!
    The main thing is that we are both so delighted to be back in and in our home.
    The whole clutch kit was replaced. And when I checked it was the plate had burnt out. Too much riding the clutch on all the hills we opt to do, I guess.
    Just got to wait for the pay and claim on the accommodation… Minimum 60 days for overseas claims. 🤔Waiting to see if they argue about the amount of nights. I think we will have something to respond to that! And also we have a claim for the damage that was done by the low loader trying to pull a certain angle.
    All this out when admin work interfering with our lives.
    Thank you all for the mechanical advice.
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    Glad you are sorted now
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    Good you are sorted,just remember when driving rest the left foot to the side and never control the forward speed with the clutch,in shift gear and out as fast as pos,when moving of give the engine a little rev then release throttle and catch the engine with the clutch on decending revs as there is less torque.
    Hope the rest of your trip and homeward bound is blessed with no trouble ,regards trev.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    Good you are sorted,just remember when driving rest the left foot to the side and never control the forward speed with the clutch,in shift gear and out as fast as pos,when moving of give the engine a little rev then release throttle and catch the engine with the clutch on decending revs as there is less torque.
    Hope the rest of your trip and homeward bound is blessed with no trouble ,regards trev.
    Sounds very archaic having 3 pedals to play with. Find it much easier with two .. Especially in France with all their roundabouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QFour View Post
    Sounds very archaic having 3 pedals to play with. Find it much easier with two .. Especially in France with all their roundabouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    Good you are sorted,just remember when driving rest the left foot to the side and never control the forward speed with the clutch,in shift gear and out as fast as pos,when moving of give the engine a little rev then release throttle and catch the engine with the clutch on decending revs as there is less torque.
    Hope the rest of your trip and homeward bound is blessed with no trouble ,regards trev.
    I cannot understand why so many people hold a vehicle on the Clutch for longish periods ... especially on a Ducato which has a Clutch made out of Cheese. I had a Ducato 2.8 jtd on a 5 Ton Tag Axle van and I treated that Clutch like it was Royalty. It still had the original Clutch but I have wondered how the new owner drove it, I expect holding it on a hill would burn the Clutch plate out very quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    Autos use more fuel,lazy mans outfit .
    Used to be the case.... BUT a lot of modern 6 or 8 speed autos are now capable of better fuel economy than the equivalent manual box...

    A nice auto is also a far nicer driving experience IMHO for most vehicles (obviously not a sporty little back road thrasher)
    Especially in heavy traffic etc

    Days of clunky 3 speed autos are long gone.... Thankfully
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistericeman View Post
    Used to be the case.... BUT a lot of modern 6 or 8 speed autos are now capable of better fuel economy than the equivalent manual box...

    A nice auto is also a far nicer driving experience IMHO for most vehicles (obviously not a sporty little back road thrasher)
    Especially in heavy traffic etc

    Days of clunky 3 speed autos are long gone.... Thankfully
    Totally agree. Why manufacturers still make manual vehicles is beyond me. You won’t find many modern trucks with a manual box these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    Autos use more fuel,lazy mans outfit .
    You are a little bit behind the times. We also have a Toyota Hybrid which is brilliant for driving round our local roads at 20mph. Try that with a manual box and you will be in 2nd or 3rd. The Fiat auto box is just a manual box changed by computer. It does have it's quirks but on the whole it's great. Far better than keep changing up and down the box with that manual twiddly thing and heavy third pedal

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