Video Rant: How to Avoid ASS

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ASS – Automated Stop/Start – is becoming almost impossible to avoid in new cars . . .  emphasis on almost.

One way to avoid it – even in cars that otherwise have it – is to buy the car with a manual transmission.  So far, they haven’t figured out how to make ASS compatible with a clutch.

As an example, the 2019 VW GTI (Rabbit Edition) I am test driving this week comes with ASS, unless you buy it with the standard six-speed manual transmission.

Then no ASS!

The bad news is that many new cars don’t offer a manual anymore – and so in that case, there’s no way to escape ASS – at least insofar as factory equipment.

Look for a column about how to defeat ASS soon. There is an app for that.

This is my kind of ASS…

As Jake and Elwood said: I’m on a mission from God!

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