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End of the manual transmission?
High Gear Media via Foxnews ^ | May 02, 2012 | By Thomas Bey

Posted on 06/01/2012 7:23:21 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars.

On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes.

The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News.

Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive reporter even confesses she never learned to drive a stick shift until it essentially became a job requirement.

It’s more than a little contradictory to automotive reviews (including many you’ll read here) extolling the pleasure of enthusiastic driving with a true manual gearbox. Likewise, purists gravitate to manuals for tackling their favorite twisting road or occasional track day. It’s the original form of in-car connectivity.

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How many here can drive a "Stick"?
1 posted on 06/01/2012 7:23:24 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Got one.


2 posted on 06/01/2012 7:25:40 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I was always a manual transmission guy until I got married.

The wife could shift gears just fine, but I could not ‘learn’ her to stop riding the clutch, and changing throw-out bearings is either time consuming or expensive.

I still miss slamming gears, but quite frankly, with the wimpy engines in most of the cars today, it wouldn’t have the same feel anyway.


3 posted on 06/01/2012 7:26:49 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: US Navy Vet

For many years. Mrs. jimfree has a 15 y/o 5 speed Saturn wagon. She aspires to a Mustang convertible.


4 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:08 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: US Navy Vet

I can, but had to give it up when my knees began to hurt after driving in heavy traffic during my commute. Too bad, it’s a lot of fun.


5 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:08 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Took my driving test in a ‘68 VW microbus. That was manual everything.


6 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:11 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (I'm a constitutionalist, not a libertarian. Huge difference.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Are you kidding?
TR4, MGA, Ford Anglia, Ford Cortina, Ford Capri V-6, Toyota SR-5....Is that enough?


7 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:18 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: US Navy Vet
"How many here can drive a "Stick"?"

Me and I prefer a stick. Driving a vehicle with automatic Transmission is boring. However we only have one car (We just don't need two because we are in rock throwing distance of all the necessities) and the wife drives it way more than me and she wanted an automatic.

8 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:38 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: US Navy Vet

Since 1988 I’ve had nothing but a manual.


9 posted on 06/01/2012 7:27:59 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: US Navy Vet

I have never owned an auto transmission, owned twelve cars.
Man, what a waste to drive one.


10 posted on 06/01/2012 7:28:07 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: US Navy Vet

My car and previous 2 cars were 5 speed standards and I love them but the article is correct, they are very difficult to find even in Japanese cars.


11 posted on 06/01/2012 7:28:31 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: US Navy Vet
"How many here can drive a "Stick"?"

Shoot, my first car was manual transmission and the shift lever was on the steering column.

12 posted on 06/01/2012 7:29:37 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: US Navy Vet
I prefer a stick for anything with a trailer hitch.
13 posted on 06/01/2012 7:30:15 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: US Navy Vet
Kinda of hard to do this with an automatic...
14 posted on 06/01/2012 7:31:00 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: US Navy Vet

Several of the advantages of driving a manual are gone. Gas mileage is no longer a problem compared to manuals.


15 posted on 06/01/2012 7:31:33 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (Entropy isn't what it used to be)
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To: US Navy Vet

I took my driver’s test in 1966 Beetle.

Love manual transmissions.


16 posted on 06/01/2012 7:31:33 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Learned on a ‘31 Model A Ford.
Drove a VW bug for 15 years.
Teaching my kids how to drive a stick on an old Jeep.


17 posted on 06/01/2012 7:31:46 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: US Navy Vet
How many here can drive a "Stick"?

With my eyes closed.

18 posted on 06/01/2012 7:32:37 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: svcw

And the tranny is often the first thing to go out...not so it the manual one.


19 posted on 06/01/2012 7:32:54 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: US Navy Vet

Every vehicle I have ever owned (dating back to 1967) has had a manual transmission. Would not want an auto. Taught both of my children to drive with a stick and they can drive anything.


20 posted on 06/01/2012 7:32:58 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: US Navy Vet
Learned to drive stick on a '85 renault with a 5 speed getrag transmission. After you got past first, it was very easy to shift. First gear in that thing was a stone b#+ch. But , every other manual I've driven since then has been easy compared to that thing. So ultimately it was good training.

CC

21 posted on 06/01/2012 7:33:51 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: US Navy Vet

4 on the floor, and 3 on the column.


22 posted on 06/01/2012 7:33:59 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: US Navy Vet

My jeep is a stick...wouldn’t have it any other way!


23 posted on 06/01/2012 7:34:38 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: US Navy Vet
My high school had a Chevy standard (1965), worked out great for my first job, driving truck for a local car parts company before I joined the USAF. Drove standard right up until 2000, knees went on me. Would never own a pick-up with auto.
24 posted on 06/01/2012 7:34:49 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: US Navy Vet
"How many here can drive a "Stick"?"

Hah.

I learned to drive on a John Deere "A". Automatic trans. was not an option.

Learned how to double clutch on it also.

25 posted on 06/01/2012 7:34:49 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I used to always get a manny tranny for economy and reliability, but the new auto tranny’s are so much improved I prefer them, especially in traffic jams. I would only go stick again in a sports or muscle car.


26 posted on 06/01/2012 7:35:24 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: US Navy Vet
"How many here can drive a "Stick"?"

While lighting a cigarette and tuning the radio...

27 posted on 06/01/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: US Navy Vet

Just us elders.


28 posted on 06/01/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way...)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve owned 8 cars and only 1 was an automatic. I took my driver’s test in a manual. Recently I was shopping for a newer used car and tried a few of those ‘paddle-shifter’ transmissions and missed the control of a manual.

And I’m a relative young-un (42), and most of my gear-head friends drive manuals, but most others drive automatics.


29 posted on 06/01/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: US Navy Vet

If it doesn’t have three pedals, I don’t want it.


30 posted on 06/01/2012 7:37:53 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: HerrBlucher

Boring right back at ya.

I’ll keep using my stick, and make it click.

Made that mistake one time, and one time only. Never again.


31 posted on 06/01/2012 7:38:16 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: US Navy Vet

This must be a subversive liberal plot...


32 posted on 06/01/2012 7:38:16 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: US Navy Vet

I can drive one, my husband taught me...marital no-man’s land. I like them except for hills with ice and snow covered roads.


33 posted on 06/01/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by madison10 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. TJ)
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To: US Navy Vet

It was required when I took driver’s training but was no big deal because I was already and experienced driver in a Ford F150 with 3 on the tree.

I prefer a stick to an automatic.


34 posted on 06/01/2012 7:39:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: I cannot think of a name

I always drove stick’ even from high school when I first had my ‘ricer’ and raced it on the weekends. I have always thought anyone who drove automatic’ were not actual drivers. Now I drive a 6 speed auto (sigh)


35 posted on 06/01/2012 7:39:02 AM PDT by max americana
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To: US Navy Vet

I remember trying to teach one of my kids to drive a stick about 16 years ago. This kid is brilliant, a double major in the sciences and instructional tempered as well. But the car I had was equiped with a grabby quick spring pressure hydro clutch and he couldn’t get the feel for it. It made him so mad I thought he would have a stroke.

When a lot of use older guys learned we had steering column mounted three speeds with low rpm higher torgue engines on old pick-up trucks and sedans to start learning on. It made it a lot easier to get started. Even if you slammed it and popped it, it would still muddle through without the stalls and giant jerks of the higher rpm engines of the 80s and 90s.


36 posted on 06/01/2012 7:39:31 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: US Navy Vet

My current vehicle is the first on in almost 25 years that has automatic transmission. Before that every car but one had manual transmission. I think I can still drive a stick.


37 posted on 06/01/2012 7:39:52 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: US Navy Vet

I married a shiftless woman; but that was remedied in the first year.


38 posted on 06/01/2012 7:40:06 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: US Navy Vet

guilty...

Up to a 18 speed :)


39 posted on 06/01/2012 7:40:06 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: US Navy Vet

have a stick.

It would seem that the government overlords would have mandated more standard transmissions because of the fuel economy involved.

Go figure


40 posted on 06/01/2012 7:40:14 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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“How many here can drive a “Stick”?”

I have never purchased a new car with an auto trans. My wife and 2 kids all drive manuals and LIKE IT!


41 posted on 06/01/2012 7:40:57 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: US Navy Vet

This is what I learned to drive a “Stick” on:
http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/000/2/9/291-farmall-m.html


42 posted on 06/01/2012 7:41:46 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: School of Rational Thought

They want to get rid of all those independent minded hot rodders...


43 posted on 06/01/2012 7:41:55 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: US Navy Vet

Learned to drive on a stick and loved smashing that pedal on highway 9, 17 and the 280.

Nothing feels so good as downshifting as go into a curve and slamming it up coming out of one.

Vrooom!


44 posted on 06/01/2012 7:41:55 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: liberalh8ter
My jeep is a stick...wouldn’t have it any other way!

A recent book on four-wheeling (I think the title is "The Four Wheeler's Bible"--but I'd have to rummage around my bookshelves to find out the title for sure), says that auto transmissions are superior for off roading, because they can respond faster to changing conditions than a human can shift a manual transmission.

45 posted on 06/01/2012 7:42:14 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: US Navy Vet
The 240Z has a 5-speed. But it has a competition clutch, so as I get older, the less I can deal with that in stop-n-go traffic. I don't always need/use a clutch when driving, but when stopped or taking off, it's pretty important. ;)

/johnny

46 posted on 06/01/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: US Navy Vet

Learned to drive on a stick and loved smashing that pedal on highway 9, 17 and the 280.

Nothing feels so good as downshifting as go into a curve and slamming it up coming out of one.

Vrooom!


47 posted on 06/01/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

No.. it’s actually easier to do burn outs, rockfords, doughnuts with a automatic ;)

Ya don’t need 3 feet :)


48 posted on 06/01/2012 7:42:42 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: US Navy Vet

A stick is fun in a sports car.

For day to day driving in rush our traffic I much prefer an automatic. Get stuck on the expressway because of a wreck and you’re hatin’ that stick and that clutch.

Who buys a 4-door Honda Accord with a stick? Nobody in their right mind.

Who buys a Corvette with an automatic? Nobody in their right mind.


49 posted on 06/01/2012 7:42:49 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: US Navy Vet

And this:
http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/004/6/7/4672-farmall-806.html


50 posted on 06/01/2012 7:43:00 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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