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Hey kids, the "rent-a-slug" we had in Italy had a kind of strange, yet cool reverse lock-out. The shift knob was like a standard round one, about the size of a racquetball, and the reverse lock out was the lower 1/3 or so of the ball, that you engaged by pulling up the bottom of the ball into the top part, which overlapped the bottom 1/3. I realize this is kind of a funky explanation, but imagine resting your hand on top of the shifter (try this at home if you like, stock shifter fans) with the palm of the hand on the top of the ball, and your fingers are naturally in the right position to pull the ball up, engaging the reverse lock out. The model of car was an Opel Vectra, I believe - there may be a GM equivalent here in the U.S. if you'd care to brave the dealership to check for it. Jake Kooser I also noticed when I was driving the alleged "new" car, that the hydraulic clutch felt waaaayyy too light for my tastes, and had to be pressed fully to the floor to shift without grinding gears. On the other hand, when I was driving Barney, the trusty yet ugly super beetle home tonight, I noticed the clutch felt REAL heavy - how quickly the left leg forgets it's old friends, eh?