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What a foul looking piece of ****.
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What impressed me the most was the tachometer redline marked @7000 rpm, which is quite high for a minivan engine ..
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What impressed me the most was the tachometer redline marked @7000 rpm, which is quite high for a minivan engine ..
Not... really?.. I mean, that all depends on what engine is in this application.

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I'm betting it is a low displacement 4cyl, which would explain the high rev limit. When you look at it that way, it's far from impressive.
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I'm betting it is a low displacement 4cyl, which would explain the high rev limit. When you look at it that way, it's far from impressive.
...props for being the first manual-transmission minivan i've ever seen...

...well, i'm not sure if that's necessarily a good thing, but props nonetheless - i suppose it justifies the hands-free phone controls integrated into the steering wheel?..

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...props for being the first manual-transmission minivan i've ever seen...

...well, i'm not sure if that's necessarily a good thing, but props nonetheless - i suppose it justifies the hands-free phone controls integrated into the steering wheel?..
In Europe, you will struggle to find one that isn't, and judging by the license plate frame I would say that's exactly where it is.

I'm guessing they did that because manual transmission has far less drivetrain power loss than an automatic. Not to mention it's cheaper to manufacture, and it's lighter.
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I love my mini van! It can carry 7 sailboards, 2 bikes, 7 masts, 5 booms, big bag of fins and many more sails then I will admit I own to my wife. Plus all the other beach stuff! Occasionally the kids get to ride in it too.
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...props for being the first manual-transmission minivan i've ever seen...

...well, i'm not sure if that's necessarily a good thing, but props nonetheless - i suppose it justifies the hands-free phone controls integrated into the steering wheel?..
You can get the Mazda5 here in the US with a manual transmission. It is a minivan (really more like a microvan) built on the Mazda3 platform (slightly lengthend chassis and same engine/drivetrain). Several Lotus owners on here have them.

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