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The Future Of The Manual Transmission
Yup, major beef here! HUGE Beef!
Did I miss a meeting with the transmissions, huh?
You can get every trandmission except MANUAL transmissions!
They gots Auto, Autostick, SMG, Manumatic, F1.
But getting a REAL transmission seems like buying a Bee Gees album.
The PT Cruiser for 2005 had a nice price cut. Now you can get the car for a base sticker price of under $14000, with manual transmission! Great!
Only one thing. You can only get two options, and YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED to get A/C (Automatic tranny required)
What the $%&#!!
Now SOME manufacturers will tell you people don't want manuals any more.
Might these be the same ones pairing manuals with the weakest engines, the least equipment, the poorest colors, or the fewest choices of trim?
Let's face it, manufacturers are MANIPULATING the public into NOT getting the manual.
Everyone will point to how low the percentage of manual drivers there are for new cars, but if you put the manuals with better equipped, more powerful cars, they will sell very well!
Manuals are cheaper to buy, cheaper to repair, have fewer problems, require less maintainance, perform better (cars are faster, though the gap is shrinking), and are more efficient!
In other words, it is THE BEST tranny you can buy!
But will you?
Anyone else have a bone to pick with the PLANNED OBSOLESENCE of the "Stick"?