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Manual Transmissions...

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    ...Are they going to be a thing of the past in the next several years?
     
  2. why

    why Senior member

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    In America maybe. In Europe absolutely not. For that reason I think it will always be possible to get manual transmissions on at least Euro imports.

    Sport-shifts on cars like Subarus are really nice, though I've always wondered if they can give the same power boost as a manual transmission.
     
  3. hhenryhhh

    hhenryhhh Senior member

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    My first car was a 6 speed. I really miss driving it. I definitely think it's a dying art in America and it's definitely a novelty for a lot of people.

    I couldn't care less about how fast and accurately these new sophisticated automatic transmissions can shift (or the improved gas mileage), it's still not as fun as driving a little piece of shit and running through the gears on a nice open ribbon of road.
     
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  4. Arthur PE

    Arthur PE Senior member

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    for over 30 years I've only owned a manual, 4 speed, then 5, and onto 6
    probably 800k miles or so
     
  5. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    First car was a 5-sp.

    I miss it and the manual gear changing immensely. I have to say that if/when I have a family and move out of NYC I probably won't have the patience to change gears with kids in the car/etc on a daily driver or family mover.

    Weekend or "me" car will definitely still be a manual.
     
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  6. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Car I learned on had "three on the tree." That was fun.

    lefty
     
  7. hhenryhhh

    hhenryhhh Senior member

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    I also liked that nobody ever borrowed my car
     
  8. Arthur PE

    Arthur PE Senior member

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    my wife is one of the few (or vey few) women that drive a manual

    my nieces call them '3 pedal cars', lol
     
  9. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    6 speed here although my next car will probably be a DCT
     
  10. lmaligaya

    lmaligaya Senior member

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    I have been driving on manual since I was 16, about 9 years ago and I won't have it any other way if I can help it. Enjoy the manual trans while you can. I have owned an Integra, S2000, Forester, and 3 series wagon in stick. My current car is a X5 in speed manual. As long as the demand in europe is there, I think manual will be around for another 10-15 years. There used to be the argument that manual was faster, lighter, and less maintenance but that is not quite the case anymore with the current crop of DCT/SMG's.
     
  11. username79

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    I currently have all manual cars and enjoy them.

    It used to be the manual was the faster option. Now with the current generation of DCTs the manual is slower. If all i cared about was going fast, I'd get DCT. The reason I enjoy driving manual so much is driving slow. There's nothing quite like a nice relaxed drive while getting every single gear change and rev-matched down shift perfectly correct and smooth.
     
  12. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    This. There is a beauty in knowing your cars performance and working it all out in your head and eventually have it become a subconscious and effortless action.
     
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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.
     
  14. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    +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:
     
  15. KurtS90

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    I strongly prefer a manual and always try to find one when car shopping... Very hard to do when shopping used in America. The few times I came close to buying new, a manual had to be special ordered.
     
  16. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    They are already a thing of the past, by about 30 something years.

    Only car enthusiasts and the like care about manual transmissions.
     
  17. Vaio

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    pretty much this.

    nothing like a perfect heel toe downshift
     
  18. AndyMG

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    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!
     
  19. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    Recent interview with BMW M guy.
    http://blog.caranddriver.com/bmw-m-...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.​
     
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  20. Blackhood

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    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.
     

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