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Old 10-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #21
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Canada has RHD cars imported from Japan.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #22
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This will be one of my favorite parts about owning an R34 Skyline.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #23
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:01 PM   #24
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This will be one of my favorite parts about owning an R34 Skyline.
Why don't you just deliver mail for a living?

What amazes me more than poeple starting threads like this, is that I find a majority of people I talk to about BMW's seem to be under the impression that Germany drives on the left side of the road
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:03 PM   #25
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Looks like the instrument cluster is the only part that's the same between LHD and RHD models.
I'd say the cluster, shift pattern, steering wheel (with controls) and stalks are all the same.

Only thing I think really odd about the whole scenario is getting a bunch of righties to use their non dominant hand to shift.

I'm a lefty; but with a bunch of right handed tendencies (which is the case with many lefties as well).
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:22 PM   #26
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At least the pedals are the same. I don't think I could get used to the opposite way without a LOT of stalls, or at least jerky starts.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:48 PM   #27
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Not a big deal at all. Whats the point of this thread anyway?

Drove both side manuals, for an hour or two, it seems weird but after that it just becomes really easy.
Learnt driving on a RHD manual.

Now, I have driven motorcycles which have gear levers on the right foot. That gets really annoying, when you try to brake, you are down shifting.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #28
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I drove an imported X5 once. Was sort of odd but it wasn't hard to get used to. Though I wasn't fiddling with the controls or anything, I was simply steering.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:42 PM   #29
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I actually find driving on the right easier than driving on the left side.
Give it a few tries and then you'll feel thesame

Everything but the dash is thesame, vents,radio,shifter,lcm,cluster etc all are thesame
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:10 PM   #30
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I do wish I had that drivers side glovebox.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #31
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Driving in the Virgin Islands is the worst. They drive on the left, but import US, LHD vehicles. It boggles the mind, and you have to think through every intersection. Add in twisty mountain roads, and suicidal locals, and it is a full pucker experience.

One thing I don't get about RHD cars - everything is reversed, except the pedals. Why not the pedals?
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:48 PM   #32
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^I'm guessing it's probably more accurate to say that they don't reverse the pedals on LHD vehicles to cut down their costs cost. Same with the transmission layout as well.

If you look at it, nothing is really a mirror image. Radio volume still on left, hvac controls are laid out the same, light switch is the same, etc. Even the cluster and steering wheel controls.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:55 PM   #33
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One thing I don't get about RHD cars - everything is reversed, except the pedals. Why not the pedals?

That would probably be the worst thing to reverse. It would be bad enough that I'd have to fight the accidental money shifts for the first few hundred miles...
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:32 AM   #34
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Buddy of mine has a JDM Del Sol [Kept it clean, no Rice burning there at all.] RHD, it's a real blast to drive. He souped it up too.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:24 AM   #35
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Welcome to the rest of the world?
Isn't the rest of Europe LHD?
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #36
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This will be one of my favorite parts about owning an R34 Skyline.
Congrats, only 12 more years until you can grossly overpay to live out your FnF dreams
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:54 AM   #37
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Takes about 2 minutes for me to get used to driving a LHD car and no minutes if it's an automatic. Tricky thing is to drive a RHD car in an LHD country!
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:45 AM   #38
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I drive an LHD car here in Canada, but when I visit my parents in Kenya, I have to switch over to an RHD car. It's really not as hard to get used to and it doesn't take any more than 5 minutes.

I also drove my uncles manual Hyundai in India, the gearing was pretty much the same as my E46, just felt a bit awkward shifting with the left hand, but otherwise no big deal.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #39
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I used to own a Nissan Skyline, so RHD is nothing new to me.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #40
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Original poster should be embarrassed. Yes there are different things in this world than what you are used to. Just ridiculous...
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