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Old 03-25-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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If you drive smoothly a transmission and clutch will last the life of the car, but ya, there are lots of very bad drivers out there who should stick with autoshift
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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If you drive smoothly a transmission and clutch will last the life of the car, but ya, there are lots of very bad drivers out there who should stick with autoshift
The same could be said with automatic transmissions, too. My mom's '70 Cadillac Coupe de Ville had the original transmission. It was never rebuilt and the odometer passed the 200,000 mile mark.

The transmissions in my '69 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham and '76 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousine are original and also have not been rebuilt.

I just make sure the fluid level doesn't get too low. Both have been trouble-free.

The owner's manual for my former '66 Dodge Dart GT said, "the fluid in the [automatic] transmission does not need changing and will last the life of the car." (Except under severe use, such as towing.)
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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The same could be said with automatic transmissions, too. My mom's '70 Cadillac Coupe de Ville had the original transmission. It was never rebuilt and the odometer passed the 200,000 mile mark.

The transmissions in my '69 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham and '76 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousine are original and also have not been rebuilt.

I just make sure the fluid level doesn't get too low. Both have been trouble-free.

The owner's manual for my former '66 Dodge Dart GT said, "the fluid in the [automatic] transmission does not need changing and will last the life of the car." (Except under severe use, such as towing.)
Yeah, but it would not be nearly as much fun to drive.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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I would love to have a Cadillac Limousine with a Tremec T 56 Six speed manual transmission. That would be a rush. It would have to have a good performance exhaust system of course. Right now I enjoy driving a 45 foot MCI Motor coach with a Cat engine and a 7 speed manual transmission. When you drive smoothly it's great so what's wrong with a Caddy with a manual trans? I don't get it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Hey don't knock my friend Glen. He's one of the few out there who thinks before he speaks. Not everyone thinks for five minutes before they express their view point....
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I would love to have a Cadillac Limousine with a Tremec T 56 Six speed manual transmission. That would be a rush. It would have to have a good performance exhaust system of course. Right now I enjoy driving a 45 foot MCI Motor coach with a Cat engine and a 7 speed manual transmission. When you drive smoothly it's great so what's wrong with a Caddy with a manual trans? I don't get it.
First, there are no factory-built Cadillac Limousines anymore. The last year for that was the 1984 model-year. The 1985-'87 Cadillac limos were FWD and sent out of the Cadillac plant for final assembly.

Second, the last year you could buy a factory Cadillac limo with a manual transmission was the 1953 model year.

Third, it would kind of defeat the purpose... a Cadillac limo with a manual transmission. The Cadillac limos had prestige and convenience and a manual transmission doesn't really fit in with that classification.

Interesting you mention an exhaust system. I may have a dual exhaust installed in my '76 limo. The engine would breathe a lot better yet still be quiet.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Yeah, but it would not be nearly as much fun to drive.
You should have told me before all those years I had fun driving my cars!

BTW, I was out driving my '66 Plymouth Fury (with the big-block 383 and auto trans with shift kit). Manually shifting it most of the time. And guess what? It shifted from 1st to 2nd to 3rd gear as I moved the lever. Not much different from a manual trans. Both do the same thing... change into a different gear, it is just accomplished differently. But the end result is the same.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:37 AM
 
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To each his own Fleet...

lazy folks can have fun without the third pedal, I guess.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:49 AM
 
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To each his own Fleet...

lazy folks can have fun without the third pedal, I guess.
True, but I think Doug is going to have a problem finding a limo with a manual transmission.

BTW, I see plenty of lazy people drive cars with manuals... the ones who refuse to use a turn signal. What about those who drive a manual transmission and skip a gear, like shifting from 1st to 3rd? I guess they are lazy, too!
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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I already drive one. It's called a MCI DL3. It's fourty five feet long with steering in the rear tag axle to help with turns. It also has a manual 7 speed transmission which is a delight to drive in the hands of a skilled driver. Now how do like that for a stretched limo....
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