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Old 08-03-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Just correcting some errors and/or inaccuracies.

You don't have to whine every time I do so. Just skip right over my posts because, and this may surprise you, but others are probably interested in my posts.

Other members are posting in this thread and I will do so when I think it's appropriate. Keep it up and I'll report you for harassment.
It is always humorous when somebody takes the forums a little to seriously.

But really...

I love having a manual transmission. But the fact is it is the the minority point of view and will continue to be.

I do wish they built the Volvo XC wagon with a stick though.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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Spend an hour in DC's stop and go traffic on I-66 or I-95 and your sore left leg will tell you why manual transmissions are not selling well. Then repeat that fun morning and evening five days per week. Ouch.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Spend an hour in DC's stop and go traffic on I-66 or I-95 and your sore left leg will tell you why manual transmissions are not selling well. Then repeat that fun morning and evening five days per week. Ouch.
Don't we spend millions of dollars in mass transit and park-n-rides so that you don't get a sore leg?
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Northwest Hills, CT
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All my cars have been manual transmission; I currently have a 6 speed Saab and love it!

I don't like driving automatics, it feels like I have no control of the car.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Spend an hour in DC's stop and go traffic on I-66 or I-95 and your sore left leg will tell you why manual transmissions are not selling well. Then repeat that fun morning and evening five days per week. Ouch.
Not a problem with newer automobiles. These even include "hill assist" to prevent the vehicle from moving back when you release the clutch to take off on a hill. The clutch is also hydraulically assisted (in some automobiles), which in turn makes the pedal very light.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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It is always humorous when somebody takes the forums a little to seriously.

But really...

I love having a manual transmission. But the fact is it is the the minority point of view and will continue to be.

I do wish they built the Volvo XC wagon with a stick though.
Yes, some people do take the forums a little too seriously.

Other people, though, have a right to be able to post without being attacked or harassed.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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All my cars have been manual transmission; I currently have a 6 speed Saab and love it!

I don't like driving automatics, it feels like I have no control of the car.
Did you disconnect the power steering and power brakes on you car so you have "more control?"

I enjoy driving cars with automatics which helps a lot because 3 of the 4 cars I own were not available with manuals. I also enjoy at times shifting manually and/or shifting into a lower gear when driving on an upgrade or downgrade.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Not a problem with newer automobiles. These even include "hill assist" to prevent the vehicle from moving back when you release the clutch to take off on a hill. The clutch is also hydraulically assisted (in some automobiles), which in turn makes the pedal very light.
Because using the emergency brake while slipping the clutch was just too difficult.

Honestly, I'm getting pretty lazy. I've never owned an automatic in my life but the next car just might be one.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I grew up in Europe and still visit; manual trans cars are still common there. In fact, last time I was in the UK, it was cheaper to rent a manual trans car than an automatic - do US rental agencies even rent manual vehicles, exotics excepted?
In most cases in the last 30 years an automatic transmission out performs and gets better millage than a manual transmission. Automatics grew up and manual transmissions had no where to grow to.

85% of my cars in the last 40 years were manual. I have three trucks right now, two automatics and one manual. The truck with the manual is going to be for sale within the month.

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Did you disconnect the power steering and power brakes on you car so you have "more control?",,,.
Vehicles produced without power steering and power brakes have different steering boxes and brake servos than vehicles produced with power steering and power brakes. Not a fair question.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Vehicles produced without power steering and power brakes have different steering boxes and brake servos than vehicles produced with power steering and power brakes. Not a fair question.
If there was a choice, would you buy a car without power brakes and steering?
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