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Date registered: Jan 2009
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Dan - I don't remember having any problems keeping up speed while going up grades out west. However, I do remember not being able to *increase* speed while going up grades a couple times.
The 190b was rated as maximum speed 89 mph, but I felt comfortable at 60-70. Lots of torque in the 1900 cc engine.
Actually, the only big negative for the whole trip, was fighting the crosswinds out in Wyoming and Nevada. Soon as the sun came up, you get 25-35mph winds, with even faster gusts. Frequent signs reading "Extremely high winds next 30 miles", etc.
The car isn't as aerodynamic as today's cars. You counter-steer to keep the car going straight ahead; a double trailer semi roars past at 80 mph, cutting down the crosswind, so you have to counter-counter steer. Then the turbulence of the semi knocks you back and forth for a few seconds, and you return to the "normal" counter-steering against the constant cross winds. Almost white knuckle driving.
Not related to the car, but I sure don't envy drivers who live around San Francisco and El Paso. Those interstates are almost parking lots regardless of the daytime hour. One in the afternoon Monday, four lanes going east at 30 mph stop and start; four lanes going west, same thing.