Re: Car advice Central Asia
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:48 am
Well yes, petrol is sold in bottles, but at least it is available here and there. Diesel is gold dust.
Not a good choice, make sure it is in excellent condition when leaving. There are plenty of used cars in Central Asia, but mostly Japanese. Cheap European marques are not popular.
Automatics are great until they go wrong, then you will find that nobody can fix your transmission.
There are also a few more reasons why automatics are not good for remote or rugged travel:
-If you get a dead battery, you cannot push start them.
-If you break down, you cannot tow them for any distance (e.g. more than 50 km) without risking damaging the transmission, unless you have the driven wheels (i.e. front on a Mondeo) off the ground.
-You have no engine braking, so on long descents (and Central Asia is full of them), you are much more likely to overheat your brakes.