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Renting a 7person AUTOMATIC transmision in France?

Old 04-02-11, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
Man, my wife has traveled all around Europe several time alone, with friends, and with family, and it was all trains and planes; no cars (except one extremely odd exception including her dad--doesn't really apply here).
My trips to Europe have been by bike. 2 month long tours + I started my 2006 year bike tour from Paris. I have also done some multimodal traveling in Europe (planes/trains/buses). All of my Europe trips i've done camping/hostels/pensions.

So this type of European trip is new to me as well. Kinda complicated as to the why we're doing it (and also just simply a vacation), but we are really looking forward to it.

My parents, brother and friend (all of the others on this trip) have done combo car trips in Europe. -Albeit definitely not so much in so short timeframe.

--Again the advice is appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
Large group, tight schedule, long distances. Sounds like a VERY stressful situation to me, not my kind of vacation. I hope it goes well for you all.
My GF's big Italian family did that 2 years ago, and I'm REALLY glad I stayed home after watching some of the videos. They got a pair of grande Fiats with manual transmissions and managed though.
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Teach your copilots to drive stick. Even if you have to teach them there; at least they'll be driving on the righthand side while they learn...
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
Teach your copilots to drive stick. Even if you have to teach them there; at least they'll be driving on the righthand side while they learn...
Good idea, but not for us. (I think everyone should know how to drive a standard, but alas seems not the case)

I've tried teaching my brother years ago without luck, my mom & friend have never driven stick. I suppose I shouldn't say never, I've heard horror stories of mom driving through the NY/Penn mountains in only 2nd gear. It's been a good 20 years or so since my dad had driven stick.

My brother had tried renting a standard on one of his trips to France, they returned that car before they even left the lot. Luckily the rental co (I think they used SIXT) had a BMW automatic available. Cost them near double.

I'm just trying to avoid that type of scenario rite off the start...

We have found a couple leads for rentals which seem reasonable. Automatic, seats 7 (or 5 plus luggage), pick up in France, drop off in Italy.

Per person cost for the ones we are considering is 30-40 US$ per day. I figure 50$-60$ pp/day with fuel, some days more some less.
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