I love my manual TT RS, but long for how much faster it would be with a DSG..
I still enjoy the analog feel of my manual transmission MR2 Spyder, but it is now more of an occasion. I certainly don't miss commuting with an ICE car.
2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder, Absolutely Red/Black, 5spd
2005 Acura TSX, Carbon Grey Pearl/Quartz, Sportshift
2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat/Light Dune, Reserve +Technology
2016 Fiat 500e, Electric Orange Tri-Coat Pearl/Black - I live life 84 miles at a time!
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.
automatic driver, it makes sense to stock automatics only.
in other countries, where ordering a vehicle (vs being stuck with onhand dealer inventory), the uptake for manuals is much higher.
also, in other countries (such as the UK), the driving test is done on a stick.
So I guess we hold onto our manual transmission vehicles for dear life and pray there are always parts when we need...
EDIT: Also, I think manuals make me a better driver and help with traffic. I pay more attention to how my car is reacting to the environment and have often absorbed some of those dreadful stops in stop-and-go traffic by just coasting. Leaving space works, I don't wear out my brakes as quickly (regenerative braking is cool, tbh), and I love the control of the revs and throw of the shifter. I've driven stupidly fast cars (DSG, etc.) and quick electric cars, but even in traffic I enjoy my manual. When my next car is up it's likely going to have at least 6 gears that I go through myself.
Last edited by Asleep; 11-10-2019 at 12:32 AM.
Could not agree more. Millions of people wouldn't be watching TikTok while "driving" if they had to do things with all of their appendages to get to wherever they are going. In a work meeting we were asked to introduce ourselves and give one unpopular opinion we had, mine was that automatics should be banned for safety reasons.
My own recent personal anecdote is that my manual Alltrack was in for repair (to the manual gear box! 3 burnt bearings) and I was in a loaner Tiguan. The thing was so boring to drive it put me into zombie mode, said zombie mode had me cruise through a photo radar school zone 14kph over and got a $280 ticket. If I was in a manual I'm sure the second gear change would have alerted me to the fact that I was accelerating too much in front of the photo radar box.
This is one of the reasons I think that, say, 20-30 years from now, the Miata will be the last car with a 6MT--you lose a minimal percentage of acceleration for a maximum amount of fun, and the clutch can be light enough not to kill your leg.
My 19 year old son bought a 2013 FRS manual earlier this year and is enjoying it. My daughter just finish her written drivers test and I will be teaching her in my manual Mazda3 this coming weekend. Her friends are envious that she will be able to drive a manual car. All 3 of my children will likely buy a used manual car as their first vehicle and they cannot understand why most people buy autos. Unfortunately by the time they can afford a new car Manuals will no longer be an option.
Winter driving is so much more enjoying with a manual as you can ensure you have the appropriate torque for the situation. This morning's drive was a reminding of this as I constantly used the engine to do most of my braking and didn't have to be concerned with any slippage. That is likely why manuals are still more popular in Canada.
Can confirm, sold a 2016 6MT Golf R for a Model 3
The only 2 new cars I've ever bought, so no ****-talking about how us MT sackriders never buy MTs new
TBH owning an EV just makes me hate automatics even more. They just seem so silly. An in-between era hack like the hybrid. Give me a manual or give me an EV. Nothing in between!