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> the Audi 5000 had been driven through the garage door while being
> checked over for my arrival. Speaking with the man who did it, I
> learned he had been a professional test driver for over 20 years,
> and he told me to my face that he'd simply put his foot on the
> wrong pedal.
I understand the early-70s Audi 100 (the first Audi we got in the States) also
had a trap for the inept: shifting into 3rd required a "jog" in your hand's
path that wasn't required in most cars, and it was easy to shift into 1st
instead. In fact, _Road & Track_ said in their first Audi 100 test that this
happened on one of the acceleration runs, and there was the test driver w/all
the valves bent, to his embarrassment. They commented that the transmission
must have good synchros to allow this!
A few years later R&T's "Technical Correspondence" column got a letter from a
lawyer representing a client who'd experienced this w/his 100.
--Andrew Buc, Seattle, WA; Internet: email@example.com