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post #16 of 116
They are already a thing of the past, by about 30 something years.

Only car enthusiasts and the like care about manual transmissions.
post #17 of 116
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

^
+1
Nothing like knowing how to rev match on a manual transmission.
Blipping the throttle and hearing the engine respond with a perfectly smooth downshift drool.gif

pretty much this.

nothing like a perfect heel toe downshift
post #18 of 116

Manual transmission cars are a massive majority in the United Kingdom. Autos rarely seem to get anywhere near as good mpg as a comparable manual, so whilst the emphasis is very much on getting better mileage for environmental and cost reasons, I can't see this changing.

 

+1 in the joy of rev matching as well!

post #19 of 116
Recent interview with BMW M guy.
http://blog.caranddriver.com/bmw-m-gmbh-head-friedrich-nitschke-on-m-diesels-for-u-s-and-m-tuned-i-models-our-love-of-manuals/
We are in a market here (the U.S.) where some customers still demand manual transmissions. Why don’t you offer more of them in other markets as well, such as your German home market?

That is a curious situation. America is an automatic-transmission market. But sporty drivers always chose a manual over the automatic transmissions, which used to be inefficient and have just three or four gears. But technology has moved forward—personally, I am actually quicker with an automatic than with a manual. Our European customers have understood that. But in the U.S., there is a small but very stable following of customers who simply insist on the manual. And that is not always easy for us: Our new M5 and M6 have so much power that a mismatched shift can easily destroy the transmission. It’s not easy. Therefore, for the first time, we have advanced our software to cut spikes and protect the transmission electronically.
post #20 of 116
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post

They are already a thing of the past, by about 30 something years.
Only car enthusiasts and the like care about manual transmissions.

Maybe in the US, but I've had a think and I can't think of a single person I know (Family, friends, acquaintances, staff) who drives an Automatic.

I would bet that 75% of cars sold in the UK are Manuals.
post #21 of 116
Can you get a 7 Serries or S Class over there with a manual?
post #22 of 116
I don't think you've been able to get a 7 series anywhere with manual since the E-38 which ended in 2001.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_E38
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My wife's daily drive is a BMW M-Coupe.
It was hellish teaching her many years ago but she likes it now.

 

Oh, nice. It's a beast, and not the easiest manual on the face of the earth.

post #24 of 116

 

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

I don't think you've been able to get a 7 series anywhere with manual since the E-38 which ended in 2001.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_E38

 

740i Sport w/6 speed manual is a great car

 

deep_blue_day.jpg

 

 

post #25 of 116
Probably be next to impossible to find one state side.
post #26 of 116

just heard on PBS

US manual transmission sales, % of all cars sold

2010 3%

2011 6.5%

doubled in 1 year

post #27 of 116
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Originally Posted by Arthur PE View Post

just heard on PBS
US manual transmission sales, % of all cars sold
2010 3%
2011 6.5%
doubled in 1 year

Did they give a reason for the increase? I would have expected further decline.
post #28 of 116
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Did they give a reason for the increase? I would have expected further decline.

i'd think they lumped manual-matic gearboxes (e.g. DSG, PDK) into the manual category.
plus there seems to be a resurgence in demand for the clutch pedal, albeit only with low-volume niche cars -- audi tt-rs, vw gti r
post #29 of 116

manual + diesel engine biggrin.gif

post #30 of 116
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manual + diesel engine biggrin.gif

I've had two of those, a VW Rabbit (Golf) and a VW Jetta. The Rabbit was great; the Jetta, not so much.
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