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SAVE THE MANUALS!!!
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23 / M / SF Bay Area, CA (...
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Posted 7/26/10
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/10q3/save_the_manuals!-car_and_driver



Like me, you may have noticed an alarming paucity of vehicles offering fully manual transmissions. Even sports-car stalwart Ferrari, of gated-shifter fame, isn’t providing a three-pedal option on the new 458 Italia. Equally distressing, I read in the Washington Post that our nation’s hard-texting youth have pronounced driving seriously lame, with only about 30 percent of 16-year-olds having acquired driving licenses as of 2008. I can’t help but think these things are related.

If folks learned to operate the entire car, not just the steering wheel and occasionally the brakes, I’d bet they’d like driving better. If they knew the sense of control imparted by that third pedal, I’d bet they would strive for its mastery. If they knew the excitement that accompanied a perfectly timed heel-toe downshift, I can guarantee they’d be hooked.

You know what we need? We need a crusade. We need to save the manuals! Not only are manual transmissions often more fuel-efficient than their two-pedal counterparts, you also can’t text while operating one. So let’s lobby carmakers to produce more of these things because they’re safer and more frugal, and let’s not tell them that they’re way more fun. Let’s train our offspring in the ancient ways of the stick shift. Let all of us knights of the clutch pedal drive our manual-equipped cars to Washington and pop ’em in front of Barry O’s house.

Won’t you join the cause? —Eddie Alterman of Car and Driver Magazine
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Posted 7/26/10
It's a shame the demand for manual has dropped.

It's embarrassing that only 30% of 16 year olds gets a license.
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Posted 7/26/10
Well I don't like Manual transmissions because it's a bit confusing to me (even though I don't drive yet). I wouldn't mind helping along with the cause since some people care about them.
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Posted 7/27/10
Trust me, when you understand it, it isn't confusing at all. Gears are simply "speeds". Meaning, those gears are only to be used during certain speeds (for example, 1st gear for very low speeds, 5th gear for very high speeds, etc)

And don't fear the third pedal, EMBRACE IT.


In addition, there are YouTube videos out there that actually try to teach people to drive manual
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Posted 7/27/10
I'm just use to Automatic because of my mom lol it'd be interested to try a different Transmission to learn about.
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25 / M / Oklahoma
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Posted 7/28/10
Once you learn how to drive manual, it becomes second nature.
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Posted 7/28/10
Like Mr. Alterman says, It's too much bother for some people to shift a transmission while texting/talking on the cell, eating/drinking, puting on make-up, playing with themselves, etc, etc.... I like the fact that fewer and fewer people can drive a hook. For those of us who can It's like membership to an exclusive club......
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Posted 7/28/10
Tiptronic > Auto > Manual
STFU !! I WINZ >:O

Xeno is back. Hi, hi, hi. XD
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Posted 7/29/10

XenoVibe wrote:

Tiptronic > Auto > Manual
STFU !! I WINZ >:O

Xeno is back. Hi, hi, hi. XD


You can't drive a manual if all you've driven is an autotragic. Tiptronic/shiftable or not. There's nothing more satisfying than getting to know and understand your car with the clutch pedal...
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Posted 7/31/10 , edited 7/31/10

AWDfreak wrote:


XenoVibe wrote:

Tiptronic > Auto > Manual
STFU !! I WINZ >:O

Xeno is back. Hi, hi, hi. XD


You can't drive a manual if all you've driven is an autotragic. Tiptronic/shiftable or not. There's nothing more satisfying than getting to know and understand your car with the clutch pedal...


It was just a joke, half pint.. and TBH tiptronic is the best lol hence F1, F3, Indy 500 and alot of super cars using it. It can rev match and double clutch faster than humanly possible. Also Automatic / Power Glide have their merits and are superior to manual in certain motorsports.

What do you mean no manual? xD I had a manual '93 240sx S13 and im gettin an '87 200sx S12 tomorrow than swapping a manual SR20DET next month.

Besides theres cars like the Acura TL-S that is an automatic hydraulic transmission but still allows you to select shift points.
Anyways werent you 13 last time i talked to you :|
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Posted 8/1/10

XenoVibe wrote:


AWDfreak wrote:


XenoVibe wrote:

Tiptronic > Auto > Manual
STFU !! I WINZ >:O

Xeno is back. Hi, hi, hi. XD


You can't drive a manual if all you've driven is an autotragic. Tiptronic/shiftable or not. There's nothing more satisfying than getting to know and understand your car with the clutch pedal...


It was just a joke, half pint.. and TBH tiptronic is the best lol hence F1, F3, Indy 500 and alot of super cars using it. It can rev match and double clutch faster than humanly possible. Also Automatic / Power Glide have their merits and are superior to manual in certain motorsports.

What do you mean no manual? xD I had a manual '93 240sx S13 and im gettin an '87 200sx S12 tomorrow than swapping a manual SR20DET next month.

Besides theres cars like the Acura TL-S that is an automatic hydraulic transmission but still allows you to select shift points.
Anyways werent you 13 last time i talked to you :|


No I was negative 4

I see what you're talking about though. My mom's minivan, with a 4-speed Chrysler "AutoStick", allows for almost complete manual control over the transmission (however it will NOT allow you past the rev limit). Problematically, it lurches horribly during downshifts. However, blipping the throttle during downshifts (like heel-toe downshifting, but without the clutch pedal) solves that issue entirely, preserving some satisfaction of manual-shift driving
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Posted 9/14/10
sigh...a sad day indeed once manual cars are gone. My son is going to be driving a manual whether he likes it or not.

and about the 30% of 16 year olds getting liscences, I actually thought that was a decent percent. I mean its not like all 16 year olds can afford to have cars anyway
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Posted 9/14/10
C'mon now, manuals are the most fun to drive, imo.
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Posted 10/25/10
if i'm not wrong...everybody had to learn using a manual gearbox to get a driver's licence in the country where i used to live in,,,plus i think shifting gers tend to keep you awake...compared to the auto ...
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Posted 11/5/10 , edited 11/5/10
I'm for it, Save the Manuals!

I still prefer a Manual transmission over an Automatic even if they can be tiring in some traffic situations.


The experience is different when you do your own shifting.
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