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Old 20.03.2011, 18:34
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Ikea vans automatic?

I'm doing the Ikea run this Friday to the Vernier (Geneve) Ikea, and need a van, but I have no idea if the vans are automatic. I can drive a manual, but after nearly burning out the clutch on the Mobility Mazda 3 I hired today, my confidence is a bit shot for something as big as a van, so I'd prefer an automatic.

I've reserved one of the Mercedes Vito auto vans near Cornavin just in case, but would prefer to pick something up direct from Ikea, so I'm wondering if anyone knows if the vans at the Vernier store or even the Aubonne store are automatic at all? Thanks!

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Old 20.03.2011, 22:55
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Re: Ikea vans automatic?

You should give them a call. Most vehicles (apart from executive) in Europe are manual and according to a statistic I read on Wikipedia, 75% of rental vehicles in Europe are also manual. Having said that though I rented a Merc Vito through Mobility a few times and they turned out to be automatic.
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Old 20.03.2011, 23:43
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I'm doing the Ikea run this Friday to the Vernier (Geneve) Ikea, and need a van, but I have no idea if the vans are automatic. I can drive a manual, but after nearly burning out the clutch on the Mobility Mazda 3 I hired today, my confidence is a bit shot for something as big as a van, so I'd prefer an automatic.

I've reserved one of the Mercedes Vito auto vans near Cornavin just in case, but would prefer to pick something up direct from Ikea, so I'm wondering if anyone knows if the vans at the Vernier store or even the Aubonne store are automatic at all? Thanks!
The various IKEA vans that I have rented have all been manuals that run on natural gas. Just don't feather the clutch on any gear change except when starting from a stop and you will be fine.
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The various IKEA vans that I have rented have all been manuals that run on natural gas. Just don't feather the clutch on any gear change except when starting from a stop and you will be fine.
And if you're like me and had no idea what feathering the clutch is, read the wiki: Wikipedia reference-linkClutch_control
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Old 21.03.2011, 10:00
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And if you're like me and had no idea what feathering the clutch is, read the wiki: Wikipedia reference-linkClutch_control
Sorry, I am in Vaud visiting friends and I wrote this late at night after two glasses of brandy.
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And if you're like me and had no idea what feathering the clutch is, read the wiki: Wikipedia reference-linkClutch_control
Now that he has the basics, let's move on to something more productive for his truck driving

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Old 21.03.2011, 11:18
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Re: Ikea vans automatic?

Even if it is a manual box, you don't have to use the clutch for gear changes - only for pulling away from stationary (although you can even pull away without the clutch, using the starter motor).

When going up the box, at the point where you would normally change up (optimum revs.) just change up gently in 2 moves (into and out of neutral - but no real pause in neutral - almost as one move).

For going down, take foot of gas, knock into neutral, blip the throttle, and gently slip into a lower gear (except for 2nd to 1st).

Now you have a semi-automatic.

[not recommended for the uninitiated/inexperienced, and not sure how it would actually work with a van. Although meant a bit tongue-in-cheek, it is possible, as I had to drive (years ago) to my mechanic without a clutch, after it had "gone"]
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:30
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Re: Ikea vans automatic?

When I moved my stuff I asked a friend to tag along in case it was a manual transmissin.

Turns out that they did have an automatic transmission.

So to answer your question, yes they do have automatics BUT it might have been a stroke of luck that one was available.

Call to ask and reserve. I should have known that back then.
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