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Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it #5285589 12/05/19 06:20 AM
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I haven't owned a manual transmission equipped vehicle for some years. Yesterday I drove one for the day, my brother's 370z. It was fun for...ohhh...10 minutes. Before this drive I had nostalgic feelings but no more. Can you still be a car enthusiast and not want a manual transmission?


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285598 12/05/19 06:32 AM
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I've continuously owned and driven one since 1976. There'll probably come a day when I won't own one, and will I miss it. What's amazing is how many people are out there that have no clue how to drive one.


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285600 12/05/19 06:33 AM
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I'm with you brother. I drove a couple over the summer for a course. It was fun to see I still could drive one without issues but I don't miss it. I bet driving one on the Phoenix parking lots during rush hour is the pits.


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285603 12/05/19 06:41 AM
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In Europe you find that automatics are the rarity. My Volvo V40 is an auto and I spend most of my time in traffic or on the motorway so it makes perfect sense. However, when the roads get twisty and I want to get the hammer down and make some progress nothing at all beats the control and feel you get with a manual. Our Mondeo and Defender are both manuals. The Defender suits a manual as it adds to the agricultural feel you get driving it.


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285604 12/05/19 06:44 AM
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I learned to drive on a manual tranny(a good thing to know). I've owned several manual tranny vehicles including pickup trucks & vans(3 & 4 on the floor and 3 on the tree). I drove small 6 wheel dump trucks for a living back in the 70s for a couple of years with my Uncle's small construction company as well as working with my DAD(gas station) and drove his '62 tow Jeep w/3 on the floor.

However, I haven't owned a manual tranny vehicle in many, many years, I still jump into some of my buddies cars for fun now & again(Mini Cooper, '61 Vette, anything new) . But overall, I don't miss them. If I never drove one again, it'd be OK!

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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285607 12/05/19 06:45 AM
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Its obsolete technology really. The historical pluses for manual were 1) you could shift when your wanted to higher performance, 2) they were cheaper, and 3) they lasted longer.

for the last 15-20 years the only thing this is true is the #2 and somewhat #3. AT are lasting over 200K miles regularly with normal maintenance. Computers have them shifting better than you could with a manual for high performance drags and since they are not readily available, getting one is not much cheaper. There are rare cases where the standard is more expensive since it is a special process.

Old tractors maybe but even my yard tractor/mower has a hydrostatic transmission and I LOVE it. don't miss clutching and shift ole nelly to get into and out of corners.

Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285618 12/05/19 06:57 AM
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Sometimes I wish I could rev-match and heel/toe, but it's hard enough to resell a coupe in today's market I could only imagine how difficult it would be to resell a couple that had a 6mt.


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285620 12/05/19 06:59 AM
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My Jeep Wrangler is a manual and it is fun to drive, but it's also a weekend vehicle that sees very low mileage. My BMW is the daily driver and is auto. I still consider myself a car enthusiast. I drive the car 90 miles a day through traffic, so a manual would be torture.


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285621 12/05/19 07:00 AM
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I still very much enjoy it and these days 90% of my driving is around town. There have been times (like when we lived in southern CA and I commuted 50 miles in heavy traffic) that I didn't like it, but I would always prefer to have a manual. My wife is also in the same boat.


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All three of my vehicles are manual: FZ1, Civic and RX7. I prefer a manual...

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My '68 Vette has worn 2nd gear synchros. Downshifts are nearly impossible.
Banging 2nd gear in a 427 Roadster with the top down is fun.
Other than that, I don't need to row my own.


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Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: wemay] #5285630 12/05/19 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by wemay
. Can you still be a car enthusiast and not want a manual transmission?


You cannot

Re: Drove a 6spd manual yesterday...don't miss it [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5285632 12/05/19 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
but it's hard enough to resell a coupe in today's market I could only imagine how difficult it would be to resell a couple that had a 6mt.


Don't know about coupes but some cars like GTIs and WRXs are harder sells with an automatic. Plus on an older car, it's much cheaper to change a clutch than an automatic transmission.

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If you are a rush hour commuter into a city , say 30 miles out and your normal drive is over an hour. Stall and crawl. Why would you want to pedal push? The performance of an automatic can mimic a manual if you control shift points manually. grin2


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For me it depends on the car you're driving. I've driven Corolla manuals, etc. Very boring but a fun car such as my old ZL1 was a blast with a 6 speed! I don't currently own a manual but would absolutely if it were a leisure vehicle(commuting in PHX is rough with a manual).


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