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Old 03-26-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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It's 2011, most modern "automatics" are just as fast (usually faster) as a manual and get the same gas mileage or better in some cases (CVT). Just no benefits for a manual, other than a cheaper sticker price.

Driving a manual in a gutless 4 banger just sucks in traffic. Not so bad with a sports car with 400lb-ft of torque.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Because manual transmission cars are difficult to drive and require more brainpower.

God forbid Americans have to be inconvenienced and require more than a "dur green means push go pedal, red means push stop pedal!" ...

Sometimes I like my fellow countrymen, but sometimes I wonder at just what kind of society we've become, and whether I want to support such a system with my talents and education and experience in industry.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Ok I'm going to go out on a limb. Obesity runs rampant in America and too many people eat more than they need. How else are you going to stuff down 2 Big Macs, 4 Twinkies and a tall order of your favorite soda while driving if you don't own an automatic?
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Because manual transmission cars are difficult to drive and require more brainpower.

God forbid Americans have to be inconvenienced and require more than a "dur green means push go pedal, red means push stop pedal!" ...

Sometimes I like my fellow countrymen, but sometimes I wonder at just what kind of society we've become, and whether I want to support such a system with my talents and education and experience in industry.
That is somewhat of a generalization.

Many, many Americans prefer cars with manual transmissions. I am not one of those because I like '60s and '70s Cadillacs and a manual trans on those cars would not make sense.

And also because I like '60s/early '70s Mopars and while their 4-speed manual trans was okay, the 3-speed automatic (Torqueflite) trans was an excellent and very reliable trans.

BTW, if you think more Americans should drive a manual because it requires more effort, should cars have manual chokes like they used to have? Or how about disconnecting the anti-lock brake system so drivers don't just "push the go pedal, push the stop pedal?"
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Ok I'm going to go out on a limb. Obesity runs rampant in America and too many people eat more than they need. How else are you going to stuff down 2 Big Macs, 4 Twinkies and a tall order of your favorite soda while driving if you don't own an automatic?
It may be because many Americans prefer cars with an automatic. I do (and I don't eat or drink anything while I'm driving).
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:00 AM
 
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Even the trend for small tractors is away from manual transmissions.

Most have hydrostatic... step one way go forward, a little more and go faster. Step the other way and reverse.

I really appreciate the Hydro for the loader work I do and it works great on the hills... never use the brake anymore.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Eastern Missouri
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That is somewhat of a generalization.

Many, many Americans prefer cars with manual transmissions. I am not one of those because I like '60s and '70s Cadillacs and a manual trans on those cars would not make sense.

And also because I like '60s/early '70s Mopars and while their 4-speed manual trans was okay, the 3-speed automatic (Torqueflite) trans was an excellent and very reliable trans.

BTW, if you think more Americans should drive a manual because it requires more effort, should cars have manual chokes like they used to have? Or how about disconnecting the anti-lock brake system so drivers don't just "push the go pedal, push the stop pedal?"


Oh boy, don't get upset, but the 64 caddy we put a 4 speed in was alot of fun! And we sold it to a guy that wanted it BECAUSE it had the 4 speed! He said that is what Caddy should have offered in all thier cars! I agree! That 64 ran better and got about 2 mpg better with the stick too.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Eastern Missouri
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Ok I'm going to go out on a limb. Obesity runs rampant in America and too many people eat more than they need. How else are you going to stuff down 2 Big Macs, 4 Twinkies and a tall order of your favorite soda while driving if you don't own an automatic?


I could with a 6 speed stick in my truck! LOL But personally I think it should be a special order only to be able to get an automatic in most cars and all trucks!
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:16 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Americans prefer automatics because it leaves your hands more free to hold your Starbucks latte while texting on your cell phone.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Oh boy, don't get upset, but the 64 caddy we put a 4 speed in was alot of fun! And we sold it to a guy that wanted it BECAUSE it had the 4 speed! He said that is what Caddy should have offered in all thier cars! I agree! That 64 ran better and got about 2 mpg better with the stick too.
I'm not upset but really... how many people do that to a '60s Cadillac?
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