Article-"The End of Manual Transmissions"


Master Mechanic
Oct 27, 2017
I read that article and it's just sad.

Obviously people are always getting lazier, but with traffic in major metro areas getting worse all the time the automatic makes the commute less painful and since major metros are where they sell the most cars autos will outsell manuals. I've wanted to convert my G-Body into a manual since I got it, it's just the cost is $$$$ holding me back. I have owned mostly manuals in my life, of 20 something vehicles just 4 have been autos (3 were pickup trucks the other being my Cutlass). The kids a decade ago wanting DSG/SMG and Autos over manual always blew my mind, even if your DSG is quicker than a manual down the track; who cares? The manual is more fun almost always other than a city traffic jam.

Things have gotten so bad that not only do teens and 20somethings not know how to shift, some don't even know what a manual is! I read a shocking post by an Uber driver that said a customer left him a bad 1 star review because she said "She felt uncomfortable because he kept playing with the jiggly stick in-between the 2 front seats". Today it's going even further than not wanting or knowing how to shift, the 20 somethings I work with don't even want to DRIVE. They lust after Teslas and other nerd machines that drive themselves or want to get shuttled around via Uber, the bus?!?! (the whole reason I got a job as a kid was to buy a car to never ride a bus again in my life) or an electric bike/scooter.


Living in the Past
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Jul 19, 2009
Permanent Temporary
I always found that a decent exhaust note was utterly destroyed when paired with an automatic.

I went on a business trip in the UK with my boss and two coworkers. The rental car was a manual. I was elected the driver for that trip. Lucky for me that the shift pattern and the clutch pedal were the same, even if I was sitting in the wrong seat. I got all the roundabouts right, though I nearly ate both left side tires on the edge of the pavement a few times.
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