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Has any one noticed that the speedo works in reverse gear?

Now that is usefull!!!
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I am sure my Golf did that too, and the Laguna, cos the auto door locks worked when in reverse on the Laguna too.
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Yes I noticed that. Then of course I had to drive round a carpark backwards for a while.
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Would have been really useful with the old Volvo 66 my wife had around 20 years ago. The rubber band CVT transmission was arranged so that reverse was exactly the same as forward, but in the other direction.

Think 80mph in reverse.

I don't actually know if the speedometer worked, we were both too scared to notice it when she first floored the accelerator in reverse in a (fortunately) empty car park
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I'm sure all speedos work in reverse, I know the old mechanical ones did.
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Think 80mph in reverse.

I can picture it, like those high speed car chase movies ... always a black car in a deserted car park
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If I remember correctly it the volvo ancient speaks of was the same as a DAF 55 variomatic that I had to change the rubber band on once. Fairly amusing, and rumor has it they would race them in reverse.

I'd have a go for a laugh
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If I remember correctly it the volvo ancient speaks of was the same as a DAF 55 variomatic that I had to change the rubber band on once. Fairly amusing, and rumor has it they would race them in reverse.

I'd have a go for a laugh
Once drove one of these, while not fast I remember being impressed with its road holding on twisty roads.
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I was to young to drive the car then, and, in all honesty, didn't like the idea of a big rubber band driving the damn thing. And it was seventies orange. Mingin'
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I was to young to drive the car then, and, in all honesty, didn't like the idea of a big rubber band driving the damn thing. And it was seventies orange. Mingin'
Isn't there still a car manufactured using this drive system?

One of the reasons for the 'handling' of the DAF was i recon due to the low C of G obtained by using a BMW motorbike engine to drive it.
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