U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 06-19-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
10,148 posts, read 18,123,288 times
Reputation: 9868

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by deevel79 View Post
Traffic (depending on where you live) and laziness.
Few who've done physically rigorous work seek more of it. However it might make some who do sedentary work feel "tool satisfaction" to work a standard shift.

Given the state of modern automatics I think stick shifts are often an affectation.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-19-2014, 11:44 AM
 
2,079 posts, read 2,475,773 times
Reputation: 3947
its because it would be more difficult for people to text & drive(or use cell phones in general). god forbid
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-19-2014, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Maine
1,105 posts, read 1,430,841 times
Reputation: 1733
Quote:
Originally Posted by Irishtom29 View Post
Few who've done physically rigorous work seek more of it. However it might make some who do sedentary work feel "tool satisfaction" to work a standard shift.

Given the state of modern automatics I think stick shifts are often an affectation.
The state of modern automatics is irrelevant to those of us who cannot afford a modern car. My cars tend to be old beaters, older than ten years old. I refuse to buy automatic cars. Why? The primary reason is reliability. The simpler the mechanics of the car, the cheaper and easier they are to repair, and often times, the less likely they are to break down in the first place.

Not to mention that the stick shift still has an edge in fuel efficiency, especially in cars that are old enough for me to afford.

Not only that, but I never seem to be able to beat the EPA numbers in an automatic car, but I almost always do in a standard (42 mpg in a car rated 35 highway), so it makes me think that the EPA testers might not know how to drive a standard shift car, and that is skewing the test results.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-19-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
888 posts, read 1,676,981 times
Reputation: 1225
Op, err.... Five Myths About Stick Shifts: Manual vs Automatic Transmissions on Edmunds.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-20-2014, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
93 posts, read 75,345 times
Reputation: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by d4g4m View Post
Coordinate right foot on accelerator, left foot on clutch, left hand on steering wheel, right hand on shifter. Do all of this to match engine rpm with a gear and speed.
I know too many people that can't walk and chew gum at the same time, so I would not expect them to drive a manual trans vehicle. Besides, even if they could, it's too difficult to send a text message.
But wondering how did grandma do it back in the forties, and with no power steering or brakes.
Not everyone had a car back in the 40's and a phone eather. And if, they had this black old Rotary (the Youngsters don't even know how phoning was with this). And they didn't have cell phones. Being stressed up from being availabe at any time makes People getting the "burnout" all over, Not the difference in transmission use.

When the cell-phone-mania-came up I just knew one Thing: I DO NOT LIKE CELL PHONES. The phone calls at work are nerving me enough. All the People pulling out their cell phones every 5 minutes and typing on it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-20-2014, 06:25 AM
 
3,326 posts, read 7,520,805 times
Reputation: 1957
We love cars, but we aren't drivers.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-20-2014, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
5,229 posts, read 11,481,696 times
Reputation: 4846
Quote:
Originally Posted by CoastalMaineiac View Post
The state of modern automatics is irrelevant to those of us who cannot afford a modern car. My cars tend to be old beaters, older than ten years old.
Pretty soon, those modern cars will be 10+ years old and in your price range, so knowing about them and understanding them WILL be important for even the likes of poor cheapskates like you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-20-2014, 06:49 AM
 
3,326 posts, read 7,520,805 times
Reputation: 1957
Quote:
Originally Posted by Merc63 View Post
Pretty soon, those modern cars will be 10+ years old and in your price range, so knowing about them and understanding them WILL be important for even the likes of poor cheapskates like you.
If the price and technology of cars continues to get more expensive beyond the reach of many of us, we could have a Cuba-like situation among some in the population.
I haven't bought a car in 7 years and it was already pretty old and well-used by the time I got it. I'm just keeping the old beaters up because car payments on anything newer is outrageous for something that just gets you from points a to b, and buying another used one just means catching up on the neglect of the previous owner.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-20-2014, 11:05 AM
 
865 posts, read 1,448,163 times
Reputation: 942
Quote:
Originally Posted by StAcKhOuSe View Post
its because it would be more difficult for people to text & drive(or use cell phones in general). god forbid
And eat. And apply makeup. And take selfies.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-20-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
3,133 posts, read 9,101,058 times
Reputation: 2463
The majority of the manual lovers don't embrace technology. They will also be the ones who insist on turning a key in the ignition while all new cars have push button starts. Probably also complain you can't get crank windows anymore. But they don't tend to buy new cars, so the auto companies will continue to make fewer manual cars.

I welcome the day when all cars are automatics.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top